In that moment, the infectious entertainment bug bit me and started me on my quest for stardom! (It’s okay to laugh…) After a slew of school talent shows and stage-musicals like “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”, “Into The Woods” and “Peter Pan” (YES, I had to wear green tights and everything!!!) – I landed an opportunity to sing with Pastor Arthur Gray and High Praise Company the year after I graduated high school (1997). In this group was where much of my passion for music was birthed. I wrote and sang for the group for several years before venturing out into the deep on my own. With no paddle or life jacket, I released my first project “Great Things” in 2000.
Completely independently funded (working TWO jobs at the time!!) - the album made some noise! It became pretty hot on the underground circuit. The album’s success afforded me to travel and sing across most of the United States. 2002 brought about another pivotal moment for me as I performed for the first time nationally on The Bobby Jones New Artist Retreat (aired on The Word Network). Following a second national performance in 2004, I was chosen to fly to Norway and participate in an International Music Conference. I, along with several other amazing Los Angeles based artists performed and instructed music overseas.
Later that year, “It’s Because”, a song that I co-wrote with my good buddy Pastor Arthur Gray was selected to be recorded by the legendary Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Choir. Most recently, I have taught music for nearly a year in Japan (Osaka, Tokyo and Fukuoka) at the Soul Bird Music School. This is probably my most treasured accomplishment thus far. All that said…today I am pleased to share with you my sophomore project, entitled “The Basics”.
I believe all that will give the album a sincere listen will be inspired not only by the melodies, but by the lyrics and orchestration as well. Three of the songs were recorded live at Rhema Christian Center in 2003. The enitre album however is laced with “live” instrumentation, which is quite rare these days in our “microwavable” musical world. I appreciate you so much for taking the time to share my story and hope you buy my music.
Please add yourself to my mailing list and keep up on me. I am not one to stay in one place to long (smile), so let’s enjoy this ride together… Always walk in love ~ Erik Biography courtesy of CDBaby.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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