With a sound that can be described as ‘Rhythm & Jazz Soul’, it is the blending of the genres, coupled with smooth vocal stylings and passionate lyrics that places Jeanette Berry & the Soul Nerds in a league all their own. Formed in 2008 by Berry and Ian Rafalak, two University of the Arts graduates, the Soul Nerds features Berry as the lead vocalist and a collective of musicians. In 2010, the group released their debut EP “Peace, Love and Music,” with “Love Stomped,” one of the EP’s highlight records being featured on VH1’s hit series “Single Ladies”. Following the EP’s release and several key successes, Jeanette landed a background vocalist gig for Grammy Award singer and songwriter, Ms. Lauryn Hill. She toured with Hill for two years while preparing for the release of Soul Nerds’ debut album, “Allegiance to Love”. Recorded in 2013, the 10-track album was recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in New York and Milkboy Studios in Philly and features all original songs written by Jeanette Berry, with musical arrangements by the Soul Nerds. The Soul Nerds have toured extensively in the east coast and plans to continue performing in promotion of “Allegiance to Love” released August 18, 2015, on Bandcamp! The album is now available on iTunes. 


What Are People Saying?

“Folktale meets jazz in a sophisticated, but very COOL way!” – Tanikka Charrae (Indie Artist and Background Singer for Ms. Lauryn Hill)

“I feel like this is one of the most thematic, connected albums I’ve heard in a while…” – Suzanne Paulinski (CEP at Rock/Star Advocate)


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Jeanette and Ian will be hanging out in DC at Culture Coffee on Friday, January 27th. $5 cover and kids 16 and under are free! Show starts at 8pm! 

Ian and I got the chance to perform for Music Monday on WFMZ with Jaciel Cordoba! You can check it out below! Tweet me and let me know what you think! @jb_soulnerd 


Upcoming Shows

May 15th-Harlem-Mamapalooza

Location: Pier 1- 70th Street Riverside Park 

Time: 1pm 

June 21st-Midtown-We Are Soul Nerds presents "The Soulstice"-A songwriter showcase featuring the songs of Simone Curry 

Location: Michiko Studios 149 W. 46th Street 

Time: 7:30pm 

Doors open at 7pm 

$15 in advance/ $20 day of the show Tickets on Say June 1st

June 26th- Staten Island-Solo Set @ FemaleCentric

Location: Hashtag Bar 388 Van Duzer Street

Time: 6pm-10pm Set Time: 9:35pm 

tickets available here: http://www.stereotypeco.com/femalecentric

July 10th-Brooklyn-Solo set 50X50 Fest 

Location: Paper Box 

Time 2pm-8pm Set Time: 2:20 

Tickets available here: http://5050fest.com

Dec 10th-Rich Rockets Birthday Party 

Location: Annapolis, MD 

Time 7pm 

January 27th- Washington, DC Let Love Shine 

Location: Culture Coffee 709 Kennedy Street NW 

Time: 8pm 

Cover: $5-Free for children 16 and Under