About Erica Bryan

Erica’s passion for performing started when her mom brought her to her first theatre audition in Pennsylvania when she was eight years old. She didn’t make the cut. But the next year, she went back to the same audition and got the part. From an early age, Erica learned that with hard work and persistence, anything can happen. After her first show, there was no question that performing is what she would do for a living.
When she was twelve years old, her family moved to Roswell, GA, where she heard Country music for the first time. After listening to Reba and singing lots of Shania Twain karaoke, Erica decided she wanted to be a Country singer. Some years went by and, although Country music was always in the back of her mind, she started focusing more on her theatre opportunities, which led to her decision to study Musical Theatre in college.
While still in college, Erica performed professionally with Opera Birmingham, and spent her summers performing at theme parks and theatres. After graduation, she moved to New York City to continue her professional theatre career. While in New York, Erica got to train with Broadway’s finest actors and was cast in leading roles in Regional Theatres around the country. During one of her shows, Erica had the opportunity to perform with a Country band on the side. Call it coincidence or fate, but Erica was back singing Country music in the middle of a theatre contract, and she fell in love all over again.
After another year in theatre, it became clear to Erica that it was time to move to Nashville, TN and pursue her original childhood dream of being a Country artist. Shortly after arriving to Nashville, she landed a day job working for country hero, Reba McEntire, at Starstruck Entertainment. By night, she began crafting her own songs and writing skills. Within a couple months of songwriting, Erica’s songs started receiving the highest honors from the Nashville Songwriters Association. She recently released her debut single “This House Is Haunted,” and is receiving radio play in multiple countries. For the Country Record describes Erica as, “one of those rare multi-talented people who most only dream about becoming.” Erica is currently touring with her original music and plays keys, ukulele, and guitar to anyone who will listen.

Preparing for the Moment

wsmvWell, if you hadn’t heard already, I was on TV this past Monday!!!!! WOO! It was super fun and exciting and I was really happy with how everything turned out! And I’m really hard on myself, so for me to be happy with something is success in itself! 

It’s been great to see everyone’s responses! People have been like “How did you get on TV?!” At first, I think to myself, “Well, it wasn’t really that hard. I saw my friend on the show and asked her who to contact, and voilà!”

But then I stopped myself….actually….it was hard. The reason it was hard is because I had to prepare for years and years to be ready for the moment when I was given this opportunity. 

First, I did a lot of praying…

Second, I had to spend years learning how to sing! Countless lessons, a degree, and many stumbles and hurdles!

Third, I had to learn how to write songs and hope that I wrote a good one, one they would hear and let me play on TV!

Fourth, I had to build relationships. I had to meet the right people who would connect me with great opportunities. 

Fifth, I had to record the songs and spend countless dollars on an EP so that when I submitted my music for people to hear, they would like it and let me play!

Sixth, I had to already have something going on. People want to showcase artists they think are going somewhere or are “on the rise” and so I had to spend years and years showing the world that everyday is a step forward for me! 

Seventh, I had to craft my performance so that when the opportunity came, it turned out to be a good one! You guys have no idea how bad my first shows were compared to my more recent ones…or maybe you do! haha! But I really had to learn how to perform….by performing! 

And……I’m sure there are countless other steps along the way besides these few mentioned. But in the end, I think it’s important to keep preparing and crafting and perfecting whatever it is you want to do, because you never know when the right moment may come. It may seem easy at first, but when you look back at how you actually got there, I think you’ll be satisfied with all the hard work you put in! 

If you’d like to watch the TV segment, click here.

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Stream of Consciousness

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comThe stream of consciousness of someone about to release their debut EP:

Will anyone listen to it?

Have my parents even bought the pre-sale yet?!

I wonder how many people bought the pre-sale?

Do people even buy music anymore?

I get my puppy on the same day as the release!

Will iTunes put it on new and noteworthy?

Will I ever make the money back that I spent making it?

I hope someone puts my new songs on Spotify playlists! How do I get them to do that?

Will my dark album cover be seen with the backlighting of the iPhone? Maybe I should have made it lighter?

I probably should have made the single a different picture.

PUPPY!!!

Will this be my first and last release?

Will people accept it in the country genre even though it’s not that country?

What genre is it?

I need to get the music to tv sync people. Now…. How?

Did I get enough blog reviews? Will they review it once it’s already out or will it be old news?

PUPPY!!

Think anyone new will listen to it?

Will my husband listen to it casually in the car? What if he doesn’t? Does he even like my music?!

Will my new puppy like it? Maybe I’ll play it for him…



While I know I can be negative sometimes, most of my thoughts are a testament to how much I made this music for other people to hear. If I was the only one listening to the sound of my voice, that would be so lame. So I really hope people listen to it and get swept away in the emotions and lyrics and truly enjoy it. That would make my day!!

iTunes. July 15. Be There.

How I Became a Dog Owner

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comSo…there’s been a new development in my life…you know, besides my EP coming out…or my Pre-sale (ah-em….go order it NOW! pretty please!)……I have decided to get a dog!

Now, those who don’t know me will probably be like “oh, that’s nice!” and then those who do know me will say, “WHAT?! Erica, you’ve never liked dogs!”

So…let me explain. My family never had a dog. The only animals we had were a couple of fish and a cat that died a horrific death only a year after we got her. So the majority of my life we had no animals. The only interactions I really had with dogs were the ones that were always jumping on me or shedding on me and I really didn’t understand why people wanted them.

Now, fast forward to my time in Nashville when I was a poor musician and really needed money: I would house sit or dog sit for anyone! As I started dog sitting, I realized that there were actually dogs that were well behaved and didn’t just constantly jump on me! One dog, June, just followed me everywhere and laid down calmly next to me no matter what I was doing! Another dog, Ginger, would just go outside and play by herself all day and then hang out with me and watch TV! I realized, dogs could actually be enjoyable to be around!

Last year when I stepped away from my office job and started working from home, I started to think: wow, I could really use a companion right now to have fun with! And I thought: maybe I, too, could have a dog that was enjoyable to be around- that doesn’t shed and is trainable! After some research, I came across the goldendoodle! Non-shedding, lovable, playful, trainable- sounds great!!!!

puppy1So, let me introduce you to my new puppy, Luce! [luch-ey]. Luce means light in Italian and Luce is named after the vineyard my husband and I got married at, Montaluce. Right now, Luce is 5 weeks old and I’ll get to take him home at the end of July!

Now, I know I don’t know anything about having a dog- except all the books and podcasts about dog training I’ve been reading and listening to! So, I’m expecting the first couple months to be lots of poop and pee and headaches…but I’m still excited to bring home my new best friend!

And if you’re into this cuteness, you can follow Luce on instagram! instagram.com/lucefiasco_dood

Now….go order the Jericho EP! 

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Get “Leaving You in Memphis” Before the EP Drops

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comThe EP version of “Leaving You in Memphis” is at the end of this blog. After you read, take a listen and get it tomorrow with your Jericho EP pre-sale on iTunes!!!

Here is my blog about the song I wrote a while back:

I love when I actually write songs that I like! Sometimes I write songs that I don’t like that much, but that is not the case with this one! And since I’m convinced I like this one, I want to dedicate this song to Jack Marchione, who donated the most notes for my Stage-It show! Thank you so much for all your support Jack!!!! This one’s for you!


This song came about when I got together with my friend Troy. It was our first write together and we were tossing around some ideas and titles. Troy had a title called “Last Night In Memphis.” I have a weird fascination with Elvis, Memphis, and all things blues, so I loved the thought of writing a song about Memphis. We started writing it and it became an I’m-getting-over-you song. However, when we got to the last line of the chorus, our title wasn’t really making sense with what we had written, so we changed it to “I’m leaving you in Memphis.” Then, my weird fascination about Elvis came out of the closet, and we started incorporating Elvis song titles into the lyrics–hidden gems for the Elvis fans out there! 

Below are the lyrics, and I will underline the Elvis song titles! After you read the lyrics, check out the link to hear the demo! 

Leaving You In Memphis

Pedal on the gas down I-40 west
Trying to get my mind off of you
Neon lights light up a Beale street sign
I pull up to the Home of the Blues

It’s midnight but that’s alright 
I got a lotta heartbreak to heal
The guitar man raises his glass
Says I understand (just) how you feel

Echos of an Elvis song
Remind me only fools fall in love
Memories of you followed me here
But I’m leaving you in Memphis

Headed out to the Graceland grounds
Where the king is buried and free
Wish my spirit could fly, be no longer tied
To your unchained melody

Echo of an Elvis song
Remind me I’ve been loving you too long
I’m checking out of the heartbreak hotel 
And I’m leaving you in Memphis

Wanna be Famous?

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comHello my friends!!!! 

I am in need of some couple photos for a fun music/video project I am doing (that you will learn about soon enough!!!)

So….want to be famous on the internet?! Send me your photos! Or better yet, surprise your parents and send me photos of them, they will love it!!!! (or they might not, but oh well!)

Also, I cannot guarantee level of fame…but…I don’t know, I think you’re gonna get pretty huge from this! Soon, all the instagram advertisers will be knocking down your door for you to give them a shout-out. It’ll be glorious. 

Send your pics to EricaABryan@gmail.com.

Thanks for your help! Can’t wait to see your cute pics and show them to the world! xoxo

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The Emo Phase…

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comLast weekend, my brother-in-law was in town. It was a beautiful evening outside so we all grilled out on the patio and were listening to tunes on our beloved bluetooth speaker.

And, while scrolling through Apple Music, I decided to transport us back in time to playing one of my favorite songs from 2003, “Best of Me,” by The Starting Line. Then, all of a sudden, we all went back in time to our Emo phase and were passing around the phone putting the next Emo song in the queue.

It was glorious. We pictured ourselves back when everyone had stick-straight hair, because the straightener had just been invented. And boys were just now starting to shop in the girl section to buy their jeans. Our parents miraculously let us go to concerts in falling down warehouses and, if you could get close to the mosh pit, (even though we didn’t even listen to bands that you should be moshing too), it was a success.

We never knew if any of these bands were signed or not, and we didn’t care! All we knew was that our friend gave us this CD and we thought it was great because it wasn’t what our parents liked.

Now, I’m not sure how many of you had your own emo phase, but here were some classics that we played that maybe you’ll remember and will transport you back in time!

“Best of Me” by The Starting Line

“Grand Theft Autumn” by Fall Out Boy

“Hit Or Miss” by New Found Glory

“The Tension and the Terror” by Straylight Run

“Sunsets and Car Crashes” by The Spill Canvas

“Counting the Stars” by Waking Ashland

“Passenger Seat” by Death Cab For Cutie

“Cigarette” by Yellow Card (you know…the album before they “sold out” [i.e. made money])

“Honestly” by Cartel

“You’re So Last Summer” by Taking Back Sunday

“Woke Up In A Car” by Something Corporate

“The Big Sleep” by Streetlight Manifesto

“My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit

Any of these songs ringing a bell?!

And, if you want to transport yourself to another time- maybe the Matchbox Twenty garage band grunge phase, or maybe the boy band phase, or maybe just back to the “Baby” by Justin Bieber days, you should!

And here’s how: Enter to win a free bluetooth speaker by signing up for my mailing list! Huzzah! You, too, can join me in the past and reminisce on your metaphorical Emo phase.

I’m That Guy!

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comYou know that guy that keeps asking that girl out? And it’s not completely his fault because the girl always gives just enough to leave a glimmer of hope that there’s still a chance!

“Can I take you to dinner?”
“I can’t do tonight, but maybe some other time!”
“How bout this weekend?”
“Oh my gosh, my life is so busy now, I’m so sorry. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just the timing!”

BUT SHE NEVER SAYS “NO,” so how is the guy supposed to know?!

Well… I’m that guy. No, not literally (What kind of news did you think I had?!) but metaphorically, and the music industry is the girl- she always leaves me with a glimmer of hope!

I told you when I started this blog that I’d be real with you about what’s going on in my life. Well… Here it is. You can recall in one of my blogs that I thought a possible outcome of releasing my EP could be: “Nothing May Happen” 

But recently, I found out a record label rep is driving from Nashville to my Atlanta show… (Ahhhhh I’m freaking out!!!!) So, that lit some fire under my butt and made me think that maybe something could happen!

I’m super pumped about this step forward, but know I gotta step up my game and give this show, and my music career and EP release, my best foot forward. (Also, that means all Atlantans need to be present at my 7.1.16 album release show!!!)

So, when the metaphorical girl finally says she will go on a date with me, I gotta pick out my best date outfit, arrive early to the date, and sit in the living room charming her father. I gotta bring her flowers, open her door, and seal the deal at the end of the night!

Wish me luck!

Behind the Song: Jericho

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comFirst off, a huge thank you to everyone who downloaded, streamed, listened, shared, commented, liked, and even thought about “Jericho” at all. You guys rock!!

I touched a little bit about the story behind “Jericho” in my interview with The Odyssey Online but now I’m here to give you all the juicy details!

When I first moved to Nashville, I was excited to take a leap into the unknown, but I knew that there needed to be a lot of prayer involved if I was going to be successful! I started reading a book called The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. The Circle Maker relays the story of Honi, a man from ancient times who drew a circle around himself and refused to come out of it until God answered his prayer for his people. The book encourages everyone to pray circles around their dreams, like Honi did with his relentless faith.

After reading this book, I started walking circles around Music Row and prayed over and around every music building. I walked down 16th and walked circles around the publishing companies and entertainment groups. I circled my publishing rights organization, BMI, and prayed that their hearts would be open to me and my music. I circled record labels, praying that doors would be open for me, and circled many other buildings that I didn’t even know what they were!

As I walked circles around Music Row praying, I felt a lot like Joshua who circled around Jericho. As recorded in the book of Joshua in the Bible, the Lord instructed Joshua and his army to walk around Jericho, a city that was promised to the Israelites. Joshua and his army walked around Jericho once a day for six days. On the seventh day, seven priests blew their horns and the army walked around Jericho seven times and gave a big shout. Then, the walls came crumbling down and the city was given over to the Israelites.

I’m astounded by Joshua and the Israelites’ faith in this story. How would you feel if you needed to take over a city and you were instructed to simply walk around it a total of 13 times and then blow through a horn? That tremendous faith is what inspired me to try and have faith and hope during my move to Nashville.

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This idea of “Jericho” as a song was obviously very personal and pivotal to me so I sat on the idea for 3 years until I found the right person to write it with. I ended up writing the song with my producer, Tommy Harden, from a metaphor-perspective of trying to win someone’s heart – because I often feel like I’m trying to win hearts here in Nashville!

I decided to call my whole EP Jericho because every song captures some sort of journey I’ve had while living in Nashville and I cannot wait to share the rest of my stories with you through my EP!!

My hope for you when you listen to “Jericho,” is that you’re inspired to circle around something that seems unreachable. I hope you keep going after what you’ve been working so hard to achieve until the walls fall down.

So let’s keep marching!

Have You Heard?

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comWell…have you heard? I’m releasing the first single off my debut EP, “Jericho” on 3.31! WOOO

Have you heard the sneak peeks I’ve posted on my website? Click here to listen to 4 out of 7 songs from my EP. I hope you’re as excited as I am to hear the whole thing dropping this July! WOOO

Oh yeah…and here’s the album cover!

 jericho album cover

For an inside look at the photo shoot for the album artwork, check out this article!

Can’t wait to release “Jericho” 3.31!!!!!!!!! Stay tuned!!

How I Made 20 Bucks

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comIf anyone was wondering how well the music business is doing, I would like to share with you how I made my last $20. 

The direct ACH deposit was to pay you:
$4.56 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through CD Baby Publishing
$3.80 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through CD Baby Publishing
$1.27 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Apple iTunes
$1.27 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Apple iTunes
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$0.83 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through CD Baby Publishing
$0.68 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through 7digital
$0.64 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Amazon MP3
$0.64 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Amazon MP3
$0.64 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Apple iTunes
$0.64 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Google Music Store
$0.64 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Apple iTunes
$0.61 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through CD Baby Publishing
$0.17 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
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$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Google Music Store
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My Distributor: “$20.19 was transferred to your account.”
Me: “What?! But I scrolled down this list for so long! Aren’t there enough transactions here for at least $30? Excuse me, I need to go get a business degree.”

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