*New York, New York — Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Eric Roberson will release his 10th studio album, The Box, on August 12th. With a 25-city tour and rigorous media and performance schedule, this ‘out of the box’ creative is ready to show the world what he has in store this time around.
Eric has been dubbed “the FIRST singer to release an album independently” and his peers have unofficially named him a pioneer because of this feat. Eric is an amazing singer and performer but has written songs for and collaborated with such artists as: Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
The Box pays homage to the first place Eric learned to appreciate music: at home. Eric comes from a musical family and his sister’s boombox AKA The Box quickly became the family centerpiece of entertainment.
At first, he began to listen and study the musical sounds he was hearing and would sit in his room and flip through record after record of musical artists from different genres: hip-hop, gospel, soul, jazz, rock and whatever else he could find in the stack of albums. Different genres of music taught Eric about musicianship, songwriting and performance.
The first time he heard Commissioned, he was emotionally moved by the lyrics. Listening and watching Stevie Wonder taught Eric about musicianship and production and Tribe Called Quest made Eric instantly say to himself, “This is the way music should be” at the age of 15. To this day, Eric still loves to incorporate a combination and mash up of all of these musical flavors he heard as a child with The Box.
When asked what inspired The Box’s album cover, Eric says, “If you look at the picture I’m dressed in a mature and traditional way with my personal flair added to it…. but beside me I have a boom box. That’s the sound of the album. Mature with a b-boy flair. Fashion and music are two things I love and take very seriously. I want the viewer to see this cover as a reflection of the passion, effort and love that we put into the album and the maturity of its content”.
The first single from The Box is “Mark on Me” which was inspired by the movie, “Boomerang,” starring Eddie Murphy.
If you have ever attended an Eric Roberson show, Eric has a unique gift to create a song instantly/on the spot using words given to him from the fans/audience. Here is a link to an example of Eric creating a freestyle song at one of his shows:
The 2014 The Box tour schedule includes:
Aug 16 Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
Aug 17 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe
Aug 21 Columbia, SC – Speakeasy
Aug 22 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Aug 23 Birmingham, AL – Musiq Mall
Aug 24 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Aug 30 – Sep 1 Cancun Jazz Festival
Sep 5-7 Florida
Sept 8 – Revolt TV Performance – La Marina NYC
Sep 12 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Sep 13 Mt Holly, NJ – Fire House Cafe
Sep 24 St. Louis, MO – Plush
Sep 25 Indianapolis, IN
Sep 26 Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon
Sep 27 Detroit, MI
Oct 03 Portland, OR
Oct 08 Seattle, WA
Oct 09 Seattle, WA
Oct 10 Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
Oct 11 Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
Oct 12 Los Angeles, CA – Conga Room
Follow Eric’s album release journey on social media. Instagram @erro44, Facebook and Twitter @IAmEricRoberson.
Eric looks forward to changing the world with music and The Box will take you on a journey, musically. Enjoy the ride……