The Most Romantic Proposal Ever

erica bryan,, behind the micSince this blog is titled, “Behind the Mic,” I figured it would be OK to blog about what’s been going on in my life behind the mic.

The most recent event that’s happened is…getting engaged to the drummer in my band, Billy! WOOO!

I thought I would share the story with you all on how it happened, and all the romantics out there can get your fill of love for the day–and all the cynics can make fun of me!

The story begins on the twelfth day of December, when I rolled out of bed and headed to my day job (at Reba’s Business). It was a Friday, so I dressed down for the day in a puffy vest and my fat jeans. Luckily I did straighten my hair.

I was at work and it was a little stressful, so I remember sending Billy a text saying, “Is it time to go yet?!” at 10am. (Little did I know I wouldn’t be there for long!) Billy came and surprised me at lunch, which is not unusual for his day off, so I didn’t really think anything of it.

But as we started driving to lunch, he started passing all the restaurants until there were only trees around us. I asked him, “Are we eating lunch in the wilderness?! How will I get back in time?” He looked at me and said, “I have a secret…you’re not going back to work!”

Apparently he had sent an email to my boss asking if he could take me away early that day to surprise me. Well…it worked! He brought me to Cheekwood, a botanical garden in West Nashville and we ate a picnic that he brought. Then, we went on a walk through the Japanese Garden.



We walked through a bamboo pathway and then came up to a pavilion that overlooked a zen garden. When I looked over to the right, there were photo albums and a Polaroid camera laid out on the bench in the pavilion. It was then that knew this was pre-meditated and felt like a proposal was coming on!



We went through the photo albums we had made together and reminisced on all the fun experiences we’ve had in our 3 1/2 years of dating. Then, we got to the 3rd photo album that I had never seen before, and we looked through Billy’s favorite pictures and memories of us. When we got to the last page, it said, “And one last question…”

Then, Billy got down on one knee, told me how much he loved me and that he wanted to make a lifetime of memories together–and then asked me to marry him. Spoiler alert…I said YES!




Then, he grabbed the Polaroid camera so that we could take one last picture to finish the photo album. (I loved his photo theme!!!! So thoughtful!)


If that wasn’t surprise enough, Billy surprised me later that night at dinner. When I walked into the restaurant, both sides of the family were at the dinner table! Some people had even flown in from Orlando for the occasion, and I started bawling just thinking of how sweet it was that everyone came to support us.

Then, Billy brought me back to his house where there was a bonfire with some of my closest friends there! So many surprises! Needless to say, I was emotionally drained by the end of the night, but it couldn’t have been a more perfect series of events for this special day.

Thank you to everyone who had a hand in this engagement and the people who have congratulated us. We feel so loved and I cannot wait for what 2015 has in store for us!


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.


  1. Terri Simms says:

    Ho’omaika’i ‘ana! Congratulations, Erica. What a wonderful story. I look forward to seeing this story continue to get better.

    Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Mark and Terri Simms

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