The Promise is Hope, the Massachusetts-based touring folk duo, is comprised of Ashley & Eric L’Esperance. Voted “Best Up & Coming Act” and “Best Pop Act” at the 2017 Worcester Music Awards, TPIH is one of New England’s favorite emerging duos. The married couple have brought their ethereal and poetic songs, full of love and gorgeous harmonies, to hundreds of audiences since beginning to tour in 2015. Their debut album, Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going, debuted April 1, 2015, and “offers something for both romantics and realists alike.” – Sound of Boston. Listeners can expect a refreshing blend of acoustic, electric, folk and pop sounds. Their songs are sometimes fun, sometimes deep, and always aimed for the heart. The Promise is Hope has been described as “uniquely intimate” and they aim to share messages of hope, love and the power of music to crowds everywhere.
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. 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.”
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