Born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Bantug was drawn to music instantly, stealing time on her older brother’s drum kit at age four, learning guitar by age eight, picking up double bass as a preteen. Through pivoting to focus on songwriting in high school, she eventually ended up in Nashville, where she found her own musical community and began to allow herself the creative freedom and confidence to write and release songs under the Bantug moniker.
Her debut EP, Blue, was released in the spring of 2017 to local and national acclaim, topping Nashville Scene’s year-end list of favorite local EPs and being lauded as “expertly crafted pop” by The Line of Best Fit. The EP has since racked up over 600,000 plays on Spotify and SoundCloud combined, a feat for any independent artist, and has led Bantug to score coveted opening slots on shows with Liza Anne, Hovvdy, Men I Trust, and Daniella Mason, to name a few. -Katy Carmichael