Where it all began
A timid nine-year-old decides she will try out for her school’s Glee Club. She is nervous and practices all night, hoping her hard work will pay off. The music teacher calls her name and she walks over to the piano awaiting his note. She sings “Happy Birthday.” He stops playing the piano and she sits down uncertain if she’s made it. After all the auditions, the music teacher stands up and says,”…the following students should remain seated,” and this is where it all began…
Erica James is a R&B Hip-Hop artist from Brooklyn, NY. From her days in the Glee Club to high school singing groups, Erica has music vibrating in the core of her being. Her earliest influences were: Mariah Carey, SWV, Mary J. Blige, and HiFive to name a few…
Her passion for music doesn’t rest with just singing, but is coupled with her songwriting skills. Far removed from those Glee Club days, now as an adult she shares her love of music, seasoned with the commitment to uplifting her people. Her catchy lyrics flavored with soothing melodies are for those wanting music of substance. Music that people of all ages can listen to. Music that is righteous. Her mission is just one…to create a space where love is safe.
From North to South
We all have a story and Erica James’ has one that migrates from North to South. After high school, she went to college in Buffalo, NY where her dreams of becoming a singer were halted. During her college days, Erica became pregnant and music was even less of a priority. Her focus was on finishing school and placing herself in a position to provide for her child.
After college, she felt an emptiness that longed for music. So, she decided that it was time to invest in herself as an artist. However, having a little one proved to be challenging when trying to navigate a music career. Even still, Erica pushed forward: auditioning for producers, writing to tracks, recording demos, doing open mics, etc…
Sadly at the height of her push, Erica’s daughter took ill, and was diagnosed with a condition that would require more attention than her music could survive. Life was becoming more and more challenging, and music once again had to take a back seat.
Since everything went south, Erica followed suit. She decided to move to Atlanta, GA to start anew. This time, however, she planned on focusing solely on what she had gone to school for. But even new starts, can fail if you don’t reflect on your short-comings and become better at being you. Self-doubt and failed relationships left Erica empty. This emptiness became so loud that she sought silence.
Erica found her silence not in the literal sense but in the spiritual calming of her spirit. She went through Yoga Teacher Training and grounded herself in loving who she was and finding her way back to who she was meant to be. Naturally, her affinity to music resurfaced, and this is why Erica James, has come back. Everyone has a story; hers is one of self-discovery, spiritual growth and acknowledging how you can have an unquenched thirst when you fail to drink your dreams.
Discover her music, her inspirations…
Erica finds inspiration in being healthy and leaving this world a little better than she found it. Her music is about family, friendship, challenges and…LOVE.
« The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. »
– Morrie Schwartz