Persephone's Bees

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Persephone’s Bees
Origin Oakland, California, USA
Genres Pop, pop rock, electropop
Years active 1999–present
Members Angelina Moysova
Tom Ayres
Paul Bertolino

Persephone's Bees is an Oakland-based pop/rock/electropop music group.


Growing up in Pyatigorsk, Russia, lead singer Angelina Moysova was musically inspired by her family: her mother played traditional folk/gypsy music while her brother played modern music. Immigrated to America in 1993, in 1999 she formed Persephone's Bees with husband Tom Ayres (who plays guitar), Paul Bertolino (drums), and Bart Davenport (bass). The band has featured several bass players including Mike Ferrel, Ethan Parsonage, and Phil Costello.

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. The debut single reached No. 3 in Billboard Magazine's Club & Dance charts. "City of Love" was also featured in the opening scene and soundtrack to the movie "Bewitched" starring Will Ferrel and Nichole Kidman.

They toured with The New Cars as their opening act during their Winter Road Rage Tour '06.

The band's songs have appeared on The Sopranos ("Home" in episode "Cold Stones"), Weeds ("Little Boxes" in Season 3), and numerous film, TV, and commercial placements including Hilton Hotels, Cingular, Nancy Drew, and more.

Persephone's Bees have been featured on popular music outlets such as MTV's "You Hear It First" (SXSW 2006 "Hot Bands to see"), Nic Harcourt's KCRW show Morning Becomes Eclectic, and Yahoo Music.

Angelina Moysova's most recent side project is pop/rock band Candy Now!, which she formed with Blag Dahlia of The Dwarves.

In October 2010, the band relocated to New York and while on tour recorded and released a free download of Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan".

Shortly afterwards Persephone's Bees announced the self-release of their new album New In Berlin. All the songs from the album were digitally released as singles every 6 weeks and in July, 2012 Persephone's Bees announced the release of the record as a vinyl with digital download of all the songs plus extra songs sung in Russian, German and French.


  • City of Love (2002)
  • Notes from the Underworld (2006)
  • Selections from the forthcoming new album (EP) (2010)
  • New In Berlin (vinyl) (2012)

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