To date, Ohio-native Pleuss has played at an array of prominent venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada, including but not limited to Indie Week Europe, 30A Songwriters Festival, and The Kent State Folk Festival. In recent years, she has shared the bill with songwriters such as Lisa Loeb, Bill Payne (Little Feat), and Griffin House. Pleuss' discography includes an E.P. and two full-length albums. Her 2013 release Out of Dreams was produced by Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Incubus, etc.) and can be found on iTunes. Her third full-length album From Birth, to Breath, to Bone was self-produced and is available on CD, vinyl, and digitally on her website, www.gretchenpleuss.com.
As with some of her proudly stated musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani DiFranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves underneath layered vocal harmonies. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics - Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal