My New Venture: Crescendo Studios

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comIt’s an interestingthing- getting married. When you tell people you are getting married, everyone expects that you are going to do something else with your life.They all say, “So after you get married, what’s next?” I never knew that once you got married you had to do something else–but what’s even weirder is that I am about to do something else! I don’t think marriage had anything to do with it though. I think it was more my restless leg syndrome that doesn’t allow me sit still for too long.

Since Taylor Swift and Pharell are the only people making money in the music business, I have been working full time at Starstruck Entertainment during the day (while also teaching voice lessons, writing songs, and performing on nights and weekends).

Starstruck is owned by Reba McEntire and is a recording studio and management company. The artists we manage are Blake Shelton, Reba, and Kelly Clarkson. I do administrative boring things, but the thought of being surrounded by such Country royalty was really exciting in the beginning! It has been a great learning experience to see how the music business works and how decisions are made. But, my restless legs can only sit there for so long, and my passion lies with performing and songwriting, so I knew I needed to transition to a job that would:

1. Allow me to be flexible to work on my music,
2. Still maintain my creative energy, and
3. Serve others.

The answer became perfectly clear: TEACH!

I am so thrilled to be launching the expansion of my voice and acting studio: Crescendo Studios. Crescendo Studios will be located in the Crieve Hall neighborhood of Nashville and will be open to any and all who wish to improve their singing and acting skills. I’ve been spending many a day decorating the new space and think I have achieved its ultimate “vibeness.” I chose the name Crescendo because it is a musical term that refers to music gradually increasing in loudness and intensity. I love the thought of paralleling that with my voice and acting students. Reaching your full potential doesn’t happen overnight. It happens with a gradual increase, as a result of dedication and sound training. And it gives me the greatest delight as a teacher to watch my students have breakthroughs and crescendo into their full potential.

This expansion will also allow me to be musical full time and I think this change will enhance my own songwriting and performing. I can’t wait to get married- but I also can’t wait to get back and jump into this new chapter in my life!

If you are in the Nashville area and know someone who might be interested in lessons, here is the new website,twitter, and Facebook page!

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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