Pearl and the Beard
Pearl and the Beard is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul.
Former strangers Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Styles were united in the great city of New York. Each had migrated there from a far corner of the nation with naught but food in their pockets and money in their bellies. Each had the same true love. Since then, the three have nested, and their unique brand of brightly melodic songcraft continues to blossom of its own accord.
“New York born trio Pearl and the Beard are not your typical ensemble. Just listen to our premiere of their tune, “Reverend,” and you will see what we mean. Combining cello, guitar, glockenspiel, drums, accordion and multiple vocal harmonies, Pearl and the Beard doesn’t seem to be copying anyone’s style right now. “Reverend” is a perfect example of their zero to sixty music style that gets you tapping your toes and clapping your hands. “
– Filter Magazine
“…As Pearl and the Beard joyfully belted their song “Reverend,” with its rolling beat and lilting harmonies, to a growing crowd on the [subway] platform… commuters missed their trains to stay and listen, unsure what was happening—only that it was a New York moment not to be missed.”
-The Wall Street Journal
“Brooklyn trio Pearl and the Beard make sweet and soulful campfire folk, but when they play live, they add in a jolt of quirk that takes their music to the next level.”
“Neverland’s got nothing on the whimsical world constructed by Pearl and the Beard. The N.Y.C. based trio carries listeners on their backs through a DIY dreamland that is unpredictable yet safe and warm like the comfort of one’s own bed.
“Thank goodness Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price and Jeremy Styles found each other — the three New Yorkers who make up Pearl and the Beard are really onto something special. Individually, each possesses a warm, resonant voice that delights the listener; when articulated in harmonic accord, these voices blend in a breathtaking way. They exercise these rousing, rich vocals in songs that are extraordinarily engaging, at times emotive and sweeping, at others light and jubilant. Think of the band as a more percussive, amped-up version of The Low Anthem — its songs are as beautiful, alternately breaking the heart and putting it back together. Yet, Pearl and the Beard is much more prone to meander into upbeat folk and world sounds, incorporating instruments such as glockenspiel, accordion, melodica and cello into its guitar-and-percussion-driven tunes.”
-Columbia Daily Tribune