"What distinguishes pearlmerchant's music from most of the stuff I've heard lately is that they opt for lush orchestrations and textures, with violins and percussion adding an exotic flavor to their original tracks. I'm talking about a concept that marries gorgeous poetry with non-formulaic structure, unique rhythms, stringed instruments, Middle-Eastern flair and soaring vocals." Triad Style, Greensboro, NC
"The songs are at once haunting and inspiring."
In the Spotlight magazine, Greensboro, NC
"pearlmerchant's musical phoenix serves the psyche and strives to enlighten the soul and spirit, not top the charts... There are musical flights into gospel and opera, medieval marches and Ramsey's vocals all tied to grand pianoscapes, long stretches of classical violin and percussion.
This experience is like some beautiful foreign film. It requires a working brain and a beating heart.
Thus, if you're looking for a typical Top 40 collection, don't bother. pearlmerchant reaches far higher than that. If you're seeking shelter from the tripe on radio and are unafraid to expand your horizons beyond a typical verse-chorus-verse format, pearlmerchant is the flight you need to book."
ESP Magazine, Greensboro, NC