On Sunday, March 21, 2010, when the sun goes down on the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, soul music will get another chance to make a comeback. The artist bringing this musical sentiment will be none other than the hot young singer/songwriter/producer, who hails as Eric Roberson.
Known affectionately as “Erro,” Roberson will make a stop in at the Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival for the first time, and what a great way to make his South Florida debut. Jazz In The Gardens music festival which is in its fifth installment, is renowned for bringing together a star-studded cast of performers, and will once again deliver with Roberson.
Born in Rahway, New Jersey on May 8, 1976, Roberson comes a musical family heritage, that’s deeply embedded in the music, he puts out today. He has been blessed with a world class voice and a gift as a songwriter. Under the guidance of his father who is a musician himself, Erro has evolved into a promising young star. After graduation from a New Jersey grammar school, Eric Roberson received a full scholarship to Howard University. While at Howard, Eric received his first recording deal from Warner Bros. in 1994, releasing the song “The Moon”, which broke the top 40 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart.
Unfortunately, Roberson’s relationship with Warner Bros. ended soon thereafter; so he returned to Howard University and finished his degree in 1997. From this point, Roberson was determined to enter the music industry. In Roberson, Jazz In The Gardens concert goers will find an example of an artist who is trying to bring back soul music, and all that goes with it. A genre that once stood strong as the voice of love, unity, happiness, togetherness, and upliftment; looks to have lost its firm hold in the music industry. Roberson and his body of work – both songs written and produced, delivers the flagship soulful sounds. His distinctive sound and lyrics is enough to stir this genre of music back to the frontline, and simply there may be no way to stop this brother.
Eric Roberson is a Grammy Award nominated songwriter and the undisputed ambassador of an eccentric blend of soul music. He has been a leader and mentor, and has continually to pave the road on how to be successful in the music business. For fifteen years, he has consistently produced eminent soul music.
His work as a songwriter should be duly noted and is evidenced on the song “So Long” for the group Phajja. Roberson earned his way into the music business first by. He is credited for some great song including but not limited to: 112 – “Funny Feelings” (1998), Will Downing – All the Man You Need (2000), Case – Open Letter (2001), Musiq Soulchild – “Merry Go Round”(2000), “Previous Cats” (2002) and Vivian Green – “What Is Love.” Eric Roberson also performed and co-wrote a duet with Jill Scott called “One Time” from the Down To Earth soundtrack. You can also find Eric Roberson working with DJ Jazzy Jeff with the song “Rock with You” and “For the Love of Da Game”, and vocal collaboration with Raheem DeVaughn. Other notable work to be considered is “I Have A Song” for the Prison Song soundtrack, and “Hold On”, written for Dwele on his Subject album.
Eric Roberson has created six albums of his own: The Esoteric Movement, The Vault Vol. 1, The Vault Vol. 1.5, and The Appetizer, Left, and Music Fan First. He touches every aspect and facet of soul music, from the love-filled melodic ballets, to the soulful upbeat songs that make you move. Outstanding ballad such as “Just A Dream”, “Def Ears”, and “Should We Try” show the songwriting ability of the artist, as well as the rhythmic creativity in the way the lyrics are arranged in the music.
You can tell that lyrical content is something completely thought out, not just simple works with catchy hooks placed together. He is a storyteller, and this is evident in his work. Smooth, sultry songs like "She Couldn’t Hear Me," "Rebound," and "When Love Calls" show you the importance of the subject matter in his music. Precisely teaching you a life lesson musically; this is an exclusive rarity in an artist. Songs such as “Rain on My Parade”, and the critically acclaimed “The Moon”, shows some of the influence of other artists, and gives you that New Jack City R&B feel of the late 80s and early 90s.
He can also make you move with up-tempo songs such as “What I Gotta Do”, “Change For Me”, “Painkiller”, and “Right Back To You”. Earning the honor to work with Lenny Kravitz was a highlight for Roberson’s career. Eric Roberson was one of ten producers in the world, One of two producers chosen in the U.S., and the only soul music producer chosen to remix Lenny Kravitz single “Breathe”, done for Absolute Vodka promotion. Other collaborations of Eric Roberson include working with Marsha Ambrosius from Floetry on “N2U” on his The Appetizer LP, and “She Ought to Know” from the The Vault Vol. 1.5, and J. Rawls on the song “Pleasure Before Pain”.
Never taking anything for granted, he appreciated his fans by including all of their pictures in the 28 pages of his album cover. Roberson received his first Grammy nomination this year, as a 2010 Grammy nominee for his single “A Tale of Two” from the Music Fan First album. For more information about Eric Roberson, please check out his MySpace or his website and for South Florida Music fans, come see Eric Roberson perform on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Jazz In The Gardens.