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

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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