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.

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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