Ethansroom is the moniker for 21-year-old singer/songwriter Ethan Fortenberry. Staying true to his name, Ethansroom lays out intently meek and personal geographys of himself, bringing listeners into the thoughts and conversations that we might imagine go in his very bedroom. His soulful and soft-spoken lyrics imbue an indie atmosphere with autobiographic honesty.
Raised in Rome, Georgia, Ethan became interested in music as a teenager, learning to play the guitar and drums. It was not until he moved away from his hometown that he began writing the intimate lyrics that would become the seeds of Ethansroom’s music. He cites fellow roommates’ and songwriters Jack Van Cleaf and Maxx Marshall as instrumental in his journey towards growing into writer he is still becoming. The modest, heartfelt, empathetic songs he wrote and recorded his first year away from home are found in his First Release, Island - EP, which was self-released in 2016.
Ethanroom's songs, filled with confessional writing about relationships, faith, and ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression, harbor a sharp focus on arrangement. Likes of Aiden Knight and Andy Shauf deeply influence his atmospheric and approachable sound. Whereas his lyrical content evokes troubadours like Lewis Watson and the solo work of Nathaniel Rateliff.
Ethansroom released his first full length, To, From. , in the summer of 2018. This album finds ethansroom weaving together acoustic bedroom folk, with more indie rock tendencies. The collection successfully expands the scope of Ethan’s tender songwriting and promising career.