If there is a genre of American literary songwriters out there, Berkeley could be its poster child. The Harvard graduate’s memoir, “140 Goats and a Guitar” accompanied his fourth album, “Some Kind of Cure.” Both memoir and album were written during a year Berkeley lived in a remote mountain village of 35 on the island of Corsica. Supplementing his “traditional” career as a singer-songwriter, Berkeley has been moonlighting as a sort of Cyrano de Bergerac, writing personalized love songs, serenades, and songs to accompany wedding proposals. Inspired by the hilarious tale Berkeley told on NPR’s “This American Life” of one such private serenade, clients frequently fly him in to perform these songs in the most intimate situations. “It’s been an honor,” Berkeley explains, “to play a role in such important moments in others’ lives, but it can also be incredibly awkward. Some of these situations -- wedding proposals, for example -- are really meant to be shared between only two people.”
Berkeley is the recipient of ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award. He maintains a near-constant touring schedule both in the states and abroad. He has opened for Adele, Mumford & Sons, Dido, Don McLean, Ben Folds, Ray Lamontagne, Billy Bragg, Nickel Creek, Rhett Miller, and many more. His music has been spun on stations across the country and around the world, and he’s performed on Mountain Stage, the World Café, and told the now legendary story on “This American Life.”
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