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INTERVIEW: Eryn

Hi Eryn, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I have been well thank you.  I really appreciate you taking the time to speak with me today.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hallelujah, You’re Gone”?

The single “Hallelujah You’re Gone” was actually the first one to make the cut after spending a lot of time collaborating with many different writers.  Cheryl DaVeiga and Anthony Krizan came up with this great concept of celebrating a loss of something negative in your life. I had them change a few of the original lyrics to make the song more personal to me.   This idea is really something that I feel a lot of people can relate to, not just within a relationship but with anything in life — for instance, one’s career, business relationship, or friendship. Sometimes a loss can be something that upon reflection is something to celebrate.  I know I’ve recently gone through this and when I sing this song I always think about how far I’ve come and how much better off I am now.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, we’re actually scheduled to record a video this upcoming week at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ.  I’m extremely excited about it!  We are bringing in my band and some local extras to do some live performance shots.  Plus, we’re going to do some celebrating to capture the essence and meaning of the song.

The single comes off your new EP Lady E – what’s the story behind the title?

Lady E is actually a nickname given to me by many people from different aspects of my life. This was completely by coincidence.  They saw me in a way that I didn’t see myself and I am only now really embracing it.  I think Lady E is not just me as who I am now or have been, but who I’m meant to become.  I didn’t always know my own value.  I have now shed a lot of the negativity and insecurities that were a part of my life and stepped into this person that those people knew I could be.  I’m now a more confident woman and I’ve become comfortable with myself.  I do know that I have a lot more personal growth and learning to do, but I’m excited for the ride on my journey to completely become “Lady E”.

What was it like to work with Jack Daley and how did that relationship develop?

Jack and I are longtime friends and have been talking about working together on a project for a while.  It was so wonderful to finally work with him on this level.  Jack just gets “it”.  He knows what I mean when I try to communicate the craziness bouncing around in my brain.  He understands exactly what I need musically and knows how to make it happen.  He put an incredible group of people together in the studio to create this EP.  On top of that, he is an incredible bass player.  His feel is just off the charts!

How much did he influence the album?

Jack was very influential to the record.  He was a part of everything from choosing the songs to playing bass on every track.  Jack even sang some of the backing vocals.  I feel incredibly lucky to have had someone of his talents working with me on this project.  I think it was a great team up because we’re on the same page musically.  I hope to continue to work with him more in the future.

What made you want to seek a retro approach into your music?

I wanted retro to be a large influence on my music because it’s based on the artists and styles that I grew up listening to.  These artists that captured my child hood were so real and genuine.  People like Aretha Franklin and Al Green had such natural talent, their music came from deep within their souls.  I want this to come through in my music as well.

You’re known for playing with/in different genres – how do you balance them together?

I like to tie the different genres together by pulling out the common elements to give them more of a congruent sound.  A lot of the genres I pull from have all developed and evolved from the same place in history.  So, I take these elements and I like to mix in a little bit of myself with a modern spin.  I think I’ve recently found the right balance and focus to create this sound.

What aspects of your life did you get to explore on this record?

I was actually able to explore a lot of different emotions on this EP.  The songs talk about the emotional journey I’ve gone through in the last few years.  For example: I think “Hallelujah You’re Gone” works as a musical “goodbye” to anything in life you need to leave behind to come into your full self.   For me, it’s goodbye to old relationships, goodbye to old bad habits, goodbye to old last names (that’s why I’m going by just Eryn). But it wasn’t easy getting there.  “The You Missing From Me”  is about the hard emotions that you have to go through to get to the other side.  I think going through the highs and lows personally has really brought me to appreciate the beautiful things that I have in my life now.  If you don’t have bad relationships then how do you know when you’re in a good one? I’ve been in a few abusive relationships in the past.  It took a lot of growing inside for me to be able to break the cycle and find someone who truly appreciates and loves me for who I am.  This EP really represents all of this.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely! We’re in the process of booking some residencies in this area as well as tours down south.  I really seem to get a great response from the audiences down there and I love to perform for them.  I’m looking forward to it.  I love to travel and tour.  I think I was born and raised for it.

What else is happening next in Eryn’s world?

Other than recently marrying the man of my dreams and being a mother to a beautiful 14 year old, I’m a Graphic Arts student at Full Sail University.  I just LOVE it!  It’s another creative outlet for me.  I love to learn and I love to create.   Visual creation definitely carries over into my music career.   I think creating music involves all the senses.  And it helps with social media and my online presence– I really enjoy creating little ads and posts for Instagram and Facebook. Visit https://www.erynofficial.com

Before this I also got a degree in audio engineering and I plan to continue my education to get my masters in Entertainment Business.

Eryn covering ‘Natural Woman’:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKvWfCMTOvQ&feature=youtu.be&t=3m51s

Eryn covering ‘Hallelujah’:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ra74FHTimA

For more info:
https://www.erynofficial.com

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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