The Promise is Hope is a folk duo and married couple hailing from Worcester, MA. Winners of two Worcester Music Awards in 2017, the duo is one of New England’s favorite up and coming acts. Ashley & Eric L’Esperance formed The Promise is Hope on the day of their engagement in March 2014, and have been playing and touring heavily since. Their debut album, a 9-track LP, Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going, was released April 2015. Live Worcester, Love Worcester calls them an “acoustic power couple” and says that “The duo has captured something exceedingly personal”. They have been described as “uniquely intimate” and they aim to share messages of hope, love and the power of music to crowds everywhere. Boston music blog, Red Line Roots, says, “.. there is an effortless feel to how they sing together, like they were made to create music as a seamless grouping.”
Their music marries two distinctly talented songwriters. Ashley performs “subtle yet stunning” melodies with a classically-trained, but often folksy, voice. Her poetic lyrics explore the deep mysteries within nature and human relationship. Eric’s obvious reverence for the great folk songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s shines through his sweetly deep voice. His prose-like lyrics unravel the joys and struggles of life’s journeys, and “take what appears to be freeform and make it flow beautifully” into well-crafted pieces. Ashley’s soft finger-picking style lays comfortably beneath Eric’s bright electric Washburn, and their voices blend effortlessly.
Together, the two artists complement each other in every respect. Their sound is shaped by tastes of folk, electronic, acoustic and pop. Their songs are sometimes fun, sometimes deep, and always aimed for the heart. As Eric puts it, The Promise is Hope aims to “write songs that are honest and true … in a way that hopefully helps others see the truth and the beauty that exists in their own lives.”
These tracks serve as a sampling of singles from the duo’s debut album Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going.
Find the full album here
The duo’s sophomore album is set to be released in 2018.
“Uniquely intimate…it really makes you feel as if you’re part of a tiny gathering with these musicians, even if you’re just listening through MP3 or something”
– Andrew Sun, Founder of the Dartmouth Bluegrass Society
‘The Dartmouth’ Show Preview: October 2016
“I am awestruck with the harmonies that Ashley & Eric L’Esperance are able to blend and spin together. Truly beautiful and moving…
there is an effortless feel to how they sing together, like they were made to create music as a seamless grouping.”
– Brian Carroll, ‘Red Line Roots’ Feature: June 2015
The album “feels honest…[and] offers something for both romantics and realists alike.”
‘Sound of Boston’ Album Review: June 2015
“The duo has captured something exceedingly personal”
– Sarah Connell, ‘Worcester Love’ interview: “Worcester’s Acoustic Power Couple” June 2015
“…there’s an intimacy and chemistry that’s evident between them.”
-‘Allson Pudding’: “Premiere: ‘Mary-Ann’ – The Promise is Hope’ Feb. 2017
Nominated for the 2017 Worcester Music Awards
Best Up & Coming Act & Best Pop Act
Their video for the song Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going was chosen as one
of the Videos of the Month by CharterTV3’s WooTube in April 2015.
The Promise is Hope has won the “Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge”
Boston’s Premier Open Mic
The Promise is Hope’s music can be heard:
in Boston and beyond on WUMB
in Worcester and beyond on WICN & on WCHC 88.1
in the Conneticut River Valley on iCRV Radio
& in the Hudson River Valley on LocalMotion 91.3 WVKR