OUr Story

Neshama's clear acoustic instrumentals and tight harmonies draw audiences to a comfortable place on the edge of their seats. In moments, it is obvious that Neshama sings and plays to an unseen audience of One.

Neshama's sound evolved from the compositions of Travis Bartow, the band's lead vocalist. Travis plays guitar, bouzouki, violin, and mandolin and has studied under Albany Concertmaster, Jill Levy. Soon, he and friend Johnny Newell (vocalist and guitarist), began writing songs together. Johnny has a B.A. in Music with emphasis in composition. The two were eventually joined by Isaac Bartow, who studied under renowned country back-up and studio musician Randy Rollman, and by Travis and Isaac's father, Bryan Bartow, who plays the djembe and serves as the groups mentor.

As the meaning of their name implies, Neshama is a breath of fresh air. "Neshama," the Hebrew word for "soul," is the word used to describe the life that God breathed into Adam in the Genesis creation story. It is this life and connectivity to God that Neshama strives to convey through music.

Genesis 2:7, “And Jehovah Elohim formed Man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath [neshama] of life ; and Man became a living soul."

Travis Bartow: Lead Vocals, Bouzouki, Guitar, Violin, Banjo

Johnny Newell: Baritone Vocals, Guitar, Banjo

Isaac Bartow: Tenor Vocals, Piano

Bryan Bartow: Djembe  

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2017 Tour

                Date                                     Venue                                          Location                              Time            

  • July 29th, 2017                    Mr. & Mrs. Luke Anderson                    Wolverine, MI                        4pm-10pm
  • July 22nd, 2017                Wequetonsing Association Fair               Harbor Springs, MI                   5pm-7pm
  • July 14th, 2017                  Ben Allen Band; Naples, FL               Ellison Place; Gaylord, MI              9pm-10pm
  • July 11th, 2017               Alpen Strasse: Gaylord Alpenfest            Downtown Gaylord, MI                   6pm
  • July 8th, 2017                         Random Acts of Music                 SunFrog Shirts, Gaylord, MI        4pm-4:45pm
  • June 24th, 2017                           Worship                        Gaylord Family Fellowship Church           10:30am
  • June 23rd, 2017                 Big Ticket Festival 2017                              Gaylord, MI                        8am East Stage
  • June 22nd, 2017                Big Ticket Festival 2017                               Gaylord, MI                     12pm Main Stage
  • June 21st, 2017                 Big Ticket Festival 2017                             Gaylord, MI                 4pm PromiseFM Tent
  • June 21st, 2017                 Big Ticket Festival 2017                               Gaylord, MI                   1:05pm Tent Stage
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