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!

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.

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