You Might Want To Know The Name Of Erica Bryan

You Might Want To Know The Name Of Erica Bryan

I want to make this girl famous. Let's do it.
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In the past several years, there has been a tremendous shift in popular music. If there is a gap in genres and style, producers and executives plan to fill said gap to maximize listeners and sales alike. The same can be said of country music.

Artists like Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves have made their mark in similar ways in this particular market by simply filling in for the original sound of country that some say the genre has been lacking. Some artists, like newcomer Erica Bryan, have a much different take.

Bryan, currently a Nashville resident originally from the suburbs of Atlanta, describes her sound as “dark, southern soul.” This modern meets rustic feel is exactly what country music needs. Her wide range of sound and taste make her a prime candidate to be on the radio, and that is exactly why I think she just might make it. And here's why.

We can all agree that a lot of music struggles to find its integrity. This is not a problem for Bryan though. Let me tell something, Bryan’s music subtly screams sincerity. It has an honesty to it that allows you to fall into the music and believe every word. This songwriter is not trying too hard or too little, and that is something special.

Her debut single, “Jericho,” which launched Mar. 31, is my personal favorite out of her upcoming EP. (I was able to get the hook up and listen to her entire EP last week.) The record is co-written with her producer, Tommy Harden, but Bryan had been holding onto the idea for this song for three years now.

“I walked circles around Music Row and started praying that doors would be open for me in Nashville,” says Bryan. “While I was walking around Music Row and praying, I felt like Joshua walking around Jericho and that is where the song idea of ‘Jericho’ came to life.”

With Bryan being a self-funded and self-managing artist, she has a unique freedom that allows her to execute and deliver her work with the utmost artistic integrity. This can be a little bit daunting since she is the one investing in her career, not a multi-billion dollar record label.

If you have not already listened to the song above, hit the play button. "Jericho" is now available on iTunes for just 99 cents. Bryan is also set to release a full EP in early July featuring seven full-length songs (the songs I have already heard and fallen in love with). She will feature these songs at her album release show at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta on July 1. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all things Erica Bryan.

Now go buy her single and lets make Bryan famous you guys.

Cover Image Credit: Erica Bryan

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I Sing Because It's Who I Am

It's a part of me.
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I'm going to apologize in advance before you read this. It's all over the place, has a lot of depth to it, and basically has the unapologetic truth about why I sing. Read on if you want.

I've been singing since I can remember. The first song I learned by myself was "Part of Your World" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid." Why do I remember that? Because music makes me who I am.

Many people don't understand why I sing, so I decided that I should share the why. And who knows, maybe other people feel the same way.

Music brings me to my "happy place." I'm a better person with music in my life.

When I sing, I forget all my worries. I forget what it's like to be sad. All I know how to do in that moment of me singing is to be happy. To be myself. It's a feeling I can't describe.

Obviously music was made to make people feel something, and boy, do I feel it all. I can feel the pain in a song. The joy. The heartbreak. All of it. Every detail. I notice it.

I sing because it's who I am. Without singing, I wouldn't be who I am today. I wouldn't be as cultured as I am (thanks mom & Mr. Stanley). I've learned so many things from music that without it, I feel empty.

I know, it sounds like I'm being over dramatic, but I swear, this is how I feel.

My mom introduced me to singing. I thank her everyday because of it. Many people think I got my voice from her, but I didn't. I don't know where it came from, and even though I'm proud to have it, I don't need it.

Growing up, my extended family constantly told me to try out for "American Idol" because my voice is beautiful. But I don't sing because my voice is beautiful. It's just an added bonus. I sing because I love it. There's no other explanation.

I'll probably never become a famous singer, and that's okay. My voice is just one of millions. However, I will continue to sing until the day I die because it is a part of me.

"I don't sing because I'm happy, I'm happy because I sing." - Anonymous

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Every College Student Should Be Watching 'Grownish'

It’s college in a nutshell.
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There are eight reasons college students should watch "Grownish" — my girls, especially.

1. It shows you why you must refrain from falling for a college basketball star.

2. For all my ladies: there is girl talk.

3. It is a great representation of college life.

4. It teaches you more about Communication than your COM 100 class could.

Let’s be honest. Most of us probably watch "Grownish" while we’re in COM class.

5. It shows you that you time in college is all about finding yourself and staying true to who you are.

It shows you that it OK to be lost, and it is okay to feel heartbreak, and it is OK to be stressed. It is apart of college.

6. Chloe and Halle.

What can I say? They are hilarious and my favorite set of twins.


7. Trevor Jackson.

Well, he’s been bae since I was like 14. I’d just like to say I loved him before, but I love him even more now. He plays Aaron on the show and his character is phenomenal. Ugh.


8. Yara Shahidi.

She is a queen on and off the screen. She is an 18-year-old actress who is attending Harvard while maintains her own show. C’mon.

"Grownish" is a great show and everyone should watch it.

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