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Erica Falls
Finding her voice. Finding her joy…

She may have started 20 feet from stardom, but she’s gained a lot of ground in the meantime. Growing up in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, Erica Falls absorbed the sounds of everyone from Billy Eckstine and Ella Fitzgerald to the Sugar Hill Gang and the Ohio Players, to Roberta Flack and Steel Pulse.

Since her debut performance on Bourbon St. singing covers for the band, New Directions, Falls honed her craft as a studio session singer for Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and John Fogerty, on tour with Sting, and more recently as a featured artists with Galactic. Here she is singing Irma Thomas’ part on “Heart of Steel,” from the band’s 2010 album Y​a-­ka-­May
 
 

 
 
Since Falls has found her way to the front of the stage, her original material has finally had a chance to take the spotlight. She recently brought down the house at Chickie Wah Wah in Mid­City, New Orleans with a set that combined her own songs with those of Aretha Franklin, Carole King. And, of course, t​his number.​
 
Next up is Vintage Soul, a full­ length solo album due for release soon. She had This to say about the writing process —
 

GT      Do you write the music first and then the lyrics?
 
EF      They come to me at the same time. I hear the melody. I say, okay. [Sings]. Okay, I like that. Where do I want to go. What am I hearing in the verses. What do I want to say. [Sings]. It is like that. I hear   everything at the same time. Then I can go and say this is what I want. It comes to me both. For most       writers it is different. They’ll have lyrics, but no music. Then they can hear it and put it to music. Or   they’ll have a track and come up with lyrics. For me, I guess by me personally, it all comes at the same    time.
 
GT      Does it settle over you like a cloud, the way Toussaint always said, “Southern Nights,” settled over him like a cloud or mist? Or does it enter your brain like, “bam,” or is it sneaky like a little worm coming through?
 
EF      A cloud at times, but it is almost like, I hate to use the word upchuck, but... 
 
GT      Now that is poetic!
 
EF      I’ve got to get it out, like that....

 
 

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Erica Falls

 
Vintage Soul and Modern Style
 
Check out Falls’ reinterpretations of I​rma Thomas’ “Old Records”​ and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” both available on the upcoming album “Vintage Soul”. Y​ou know what they say about imitation and flattery…
 
 
 

Erica Falls
Erica Fall’s Quiet Storm Favorites
 

This woman is a sucker for a love song. As a child of the 1970s and 80s, she grew up with plenty of favorites. Gwen asked Falls which songs she just couldn’t do without. Here are her a few.
 
­      – Teena Marie ­ “​Aladdin’s Lamp”
­      – Donny Hathaway ­ “​Someday We’ll All Be Free”
­­      – The Emotions ­“​Flowers”
­­      – Anita Baker ­ “​You Bring Me Joy”
­      – The Commodores ­ “​Three Times A Lady”