LAKE COMO, NJ — Patrick Bertelson is quick to acknowledge that pursuing a musical career is no easy task. But he’s putting it on himself — words from his own debut song — to attain that dream.
With the recent release of his first single, “Put It On Me,” the 21-year-old musician from Lake Como, who goes by the stage name Pat Ross, is already being noticed on the pop music scene. In less than two weeks since hitting the digital airwaves, the song has had tens of thousands of streams and 30,000 Facebook views in the first 10 days alone — a number that continues to grow.
Most impressively, the single debuted No.4 on Tidal’s Rising: Pop playlist and still remains in the top 10, while Bertelson himself is the No. 1 male artist in that category, and will finish December in the Top 10 of 80 artists chosen from thousands of songs.
Bertelson said he is excited and appreciative of the recognition. “It’s a pretty big deal and I’m grateful for it,” said the lifelong Lake Como resident, who graduated from Belmar Elementary School and Manasquan High School. “I love music and grew up with music, and I hope I can help people through my music.”
That’s the impetus behind “Put It On Me,” which showcases his vocal talent in a video where he reaches out to his audience and offers them help through difficult times. “For people feeling down and out, I want them to put it on me … I’m here to lift you up,” said Bertelson, who co-wrote the song with his producer Hector “Nektar Gun” Gundlach, a Belmar native.
Music has always been a part of life for the Bertelson family. “Our uncle Donald Bertelson was big on the Asbury Park circuit back in the day … and played with Bruce Springsteen and other greats,” said Robert Bertelson, Patrick’s oldest brother who also serves as his manager. “Our father Bobby Bertelson also was a big name on the Asbury circuit. Now my brother, Patrick, is next up on the music scene.”
Performing locally as a youngster with their father, Robert said that his brother has been “quietly building his own presence since he was just able to walk” — reaching a point in his promising career where he’s beginning to make waves of his own.
He recently signed a digital distribution contract with a new platform of Roc Nation, the full-service entertainment company owned by Jay-Z and includes Tidal, the music, podcast and video streaming service.
Based on the overwhelming response to Bertelson’s debut single, he plans on releasing new music over the next five months. “I have more songs all lined up and ready to go,” he said. “Then we’re going to play live with shows near home.”
Robert hopes to roll out a local tour by this upcoming summer, adding as any confident manager — and proud brother — would, “He is the next big thing out of the Jersey Shore.”
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