BIO: Eric Roberson - The Nu Soul Man
Eric Roberson is a singer's singer. He's an artist and a storyteller. He writes from the heart and sings from the soul. Eric Roberson understands the duality of not only creating music, but also performing it for everyone to identify with. Eric Roberson gives voice to human emotion - namely love.
Born and raised in Rahway, New Jersey, Eric grew up in a creative household, so it didn't take long for the inevitable performing "bug" to bite. By age 5, Eric had begun his path down artistic lane, being involved in everything from sports and theater to church choirs and secular music groups. "Everyone on my father's side of the family sings, so I don't think there was ever a time I wasn't singing," says Eric. "Growing up, my Pops was always singing and playing the guitar around the house. His music was a part of the atmosphere. He became the background music to my life."
After being awarded a full scholarship to Howard University, Eric's creative juices began to flow even more. Equipped with a sequencing keyboard provided by his parents and a steady flow of fellow music loving students, Eric's freshman dorm soon became more of a recording studio than a place to sleep and study. His efforts paid off when, in his sophomore year, he landed a recording deal with Warner Bros. Records. In the spring of 1994, Warner Bros. released "The Moon," which went to #33 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart.
Yet, Eric decided to return to Howard to complete his degree. While in school and after graduating with a B.A. in Musical Theatre in 1997, Roberson starred in a number of plays and musicals, but ultimately decided that he wanted to pursue the music industry again, this time choosing songwriting as his entry.
His first song for another artist was "So Long" by Warner Bros. group Phajja. Soon, he began landing many other projects, including songs for 112 (Room 112 - 1998;) Wild Wild West Soundtrack (1999;) Will Downing (All The Man You Need - 2000;) Case (Open Letter - 2001;) Musiq Soulchild (Aijuswanaseing - 2000 and Juslisen - 2002;) and Vivian Green (A Love Story - 2002.) Eric also penned and performed "I Have A Song," for the film Prison Song (BET, 2001;) "One Time," a duet with Jill Scott from the Down To Earth Soundtrack and her double CD Experience: Jill Scott (826+) (2001;) and "Rock Wit You" from the 2002 DJ Jazzy Jeff compilation CD, The Magnificent. Eric is also one of a select few core writers to contribute to releases from Jazzy Jeff's A Touch Of Jazz production company, and has sung background vocals on tours for Kenny Lattimore and Malik Pendleton.
In addition to having a publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing, Eric runs The Blue Room, a fully equipped 48-track recording studio in Franklin Park, New Jersey. The Blue Room has already produced dynamic songs for Musiq, Vivian Green, the Prison Song motion picture and soundtrack, the 2001 annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Lighting, and, of course, Eric, himself.
Eric's music is best described as musical theatre - each song a complete experience to be observed and felt. One listen to Eric's smooth baritone-tenor voice, coupled with his earnest, heartfelt lyrics, will have the hardest heart melting with warmth and emotion.
In 2001, Eric released the critically acclaimed, limited edition CD, The Esoteric Movement. The CD can now be considered a collector's item, as it has completely sold out. "I've been working extremely hard to become the best songwriter that I can be and be profitable at it. To keep myself creatively challenged, and happy, I had to pursue singing again. I've been performing all my life; it's just who I am," he says with quiet confidence.
Persistence and patience has paid off for Eric Roberson. He has honed his writing abilities and nurtured his God-given gift of singing. Eric Roberson is ready to come into his own as a multi-faceted entertainer. The world is ready for his passion and zeal.
-- #108 Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 --
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