In 2016, Jazziz Magazine wrote that Erin Krebs "may be a best-kept secret of her native Wisconsin". It seems the word is out, as this dynamic performer is well on her way to becoming one of Wisconsin's premier and most treasured vocalists. Ranging from sultry jazz stylings to bebop scat to belting out the Blues, her performances exude confidence and a passion for life that audiences instantly recognize as genuine and heartfelt. Recently, Erin was awarded the WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Female Vocalist of the Year for 2019 and in 2018 the Erin Krebs & Jeff Johnston Duo was recognized as the 2018 Jazz Artist of the Year. Erin was also a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year (2016, 2017, 2018) and Jazz Artist of the Year in 2017.
Erin grew up in Southern Wisconsin, where she showed a love of music at an early age- singing on table tops at age 3. A few years later, she started playing flute and other woodwinds. Erin's love for music and teaching led her to UW-Oshkosh, and she received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 2003. Erin taught music in schools for a decade, and is currently focusing on her career as a vocalist and teaching private lessons on woodwinds, piano, and voice.
Erin often works in a duo with her partner, guitarist Jeff Johnston. With 30 plus years of performing, he has developed a well-traveled musical fluency that compliments Erin's extensive repertoire and songwriting style. Together, Erin and Jeff provide a dynamic and versatile musical experience for their audience! While she primarily works with Jeff, Erin has a Jazz group, sings in Jeff's blues band, and with a big band- The Water City Jazz Orchestra. Over the years, she has been a featured guest with several local groups, including: The Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, The Jazz Orgy, UW-Oshkosh Jazz Ensembles, Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, and more. Erin's debut album, Love Always Wins, was released in June 2016 and contains 11 original Jazz, Blues, and R&B songs. In 2017, Erin & Jeff released a All is Calm- an EP of Christmas carols and 2 original songs performed by the duo.
ARTICLES & REVIEWS
"Jazz musician Erin Krebs shares passion for genre, promotes new holiday duo album"
AKADEMIA MUSIC AWARDS
"A deftly executed blues track with plenty of breathing room for instrumental excursions, 'Love Always Wins' upgrades the genre significantly."