is an Oakland
Growing up in Pyatigorsk
, lead singer Angelina Moysov was musically inspired by her family: her mother played traditional folk/gypsy music while her brother played modern music. After immigrating to America in 1993
, she formed Persephone's Bees with Tom Ayres (who plays guitar), Paul Bertolino (drums), and Mike Farrell (bass).
Their first LP, City of Love, was nominated for best debut album at the California Music Awards, along with being voted "Best Bay Area Pop Band" by SF Weekly. Afterwards, they signed to Columbia Records and released their major label debut, Notes from the Underworld.
They toured with The New Cars as their opening act during their Winter Road Rage Tour '06.
In their live performances as the opening act for The New Cars, they play a 5-6 song set featuring "Way to Your Heart", "Nice Day", "Muzika Dlya Fil'ma", and "Paper Plane" among others. They normally end with "City of Love", which is much extended from the studio version, and features Moysov playing the guitar, without looking, behind Ayres' back. Shortly after this, Ayres and Farrell switch instruments, during which Farrell plays a guitar solo.
The song "City Of Love" was used in a Cingular
Razr phone commercial and in the film Bewitched
. "Nice Day" is used in the TV commercial for the Hilton Hotels. It is also featured on the Nancy Drew
movie soundtrack. "Way to your Heart" appeared in a J.C. Penney
advertisement during February 2007. "Queen’s Night Out" was used in a branding spot for Gucci
. The song "Home" was also used under the end credits of a Sopranos episode. The song "City of Love" was also used in Zac Posen
's spring ready-to-wear runway collection in 2007. "Muzika Dlya Fil'ma" is featured on the soundtrack of Fifa 07
. "Nice Day" is currently (oct-2007) used on French TV in a commercial for "PagesJaunes", a telephone directory editor in France. The song "Home" was on the end of episode 76 "Cold Stones" of the Sopranos. "Nice Day" is being used for the fall 2008 virtual catalog of BCBG MaxAzria.