It was always a given for Erica Fox that one day she would shine. A bonafide star in her own right, this Southern beauty is an explosion of talent. Steeped in an extensive career in show business, her music is as rich and diverse as the culture of her Louisiana hometown. “My music is characteristic of the down-home lifestyle I was nurtured in," says Erica Fox. "It's an album flavored with Louisiana blues and country rhythms."
The Lafayette, LA native has always had dreams of stardom that reached far beyond the Bayou. This singer/songwriter says "I knew as a little child, a life of music was how I wanted to live!" As early as five, she recalls walking up to shoppers at the local Piggly Wiggly asking, “Do you wanna hear me sing? I'm really good!" Her mother meanwhile having to pull her aside for trying to hold concerts in the store aisles. That strong confidence was always Erica’s strongest attribute, a deep devotion for entertaining others.
She never forgot that it was her father who instilled a reverance for all things musical, always blasting the sounds of Zydeco, Cajun & Country, Southern Soul, Blues, and even Jazz in the house. Erica reminisces, "Tuesdays were my favorite day of the week. Daddy would take me to the local record shop, House Rocker Recordstore and we'd buy whoever's album released that day! Once home, we'd listen to the record til it was time for bed. Tuesdays were a special treat for me!"
Because of that early exposure to all genres of music, Erica began crafting her own songs. "Every chance I got , I was singing melodies or recording my ideas on an old tape-player my parents got me at 8." It wasn't until sixth grade that she truly realized her calling. "I sang a solo in our school play. Nobody really knew I could sing and I got a standing ovation". After that, my love for music just progressed--I started performing in more plays, singing in church choirs or local shows.
After high school, Erica Fox left her family and friends and headed to L.A. in search of a record deal. She soon landed a recording contract at 19 years old. She started to hone her studio skills by singing background on studio projects which included such artists as Shai, Toni Braxton, Trey Lorenz, and Jon B. However, two years into her contract the label experienced executive changes and her project was dropped. Not to be shaken by the minor setback, she began performing at local L.A. clubs, and singing in Universal Studios, "Spider Man Rocks Show". Always excited to perform for large crowds, she began impressing basketball fans at Laker games. It was on one fateful night singing our Nations' Anthem, that she was discovered and signed a second deal to No Limit Records. It was with Master P's label that she penned such songs as, "They Don't Really Know You" and "Soulja Boo" . However, Erica would not stop at singing catchy hooks on rap songs. She challenged herself by playing the incomparable Dorothy Dandridge in Smokey Robinson and Mickey Stevenson's hit musical, "Sang Sista Sang", a national musical tour which celebrated the lives of famous black divas such as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith. "It's a great way to spread my wings and show that I'm multi-faceted-I can act and sing." says Erica.
While on the road, Erica realized the impact her music had on others. She felt a moral obligation to assist others and change some messages being portrayed in music. Thus, she began a company called Urban Poets Outreach which is a civic-minded organization of writers, musicians and activists who come together to make a social difference through music. Urban Poets Outreach was formed out of a love for music and desire to help others. It was established from the belief that it is our duty to take an active position for the betterment of society. Proceeds derived from her non-profit aid charity and research in areas such as Dementia/Alzheimers research, Breast Cancer awareness and HIV/Aids prevention, all causes that have personally impacted her.
She also helped launch and mentor an after-school program at Northridge Middle School in California where students learned how to run a record company, a partnership developed with Capitol/EMI Records. Students experienced the full gamet of the recording process from scouting talent, recording, manufacturing product, marketing the album and distribution. The students produced a full length album at the end of the program. Continuing the effort to be of service, Erica co-produced, wrote and performed on the HIV education project “Start the Conversation” which advocates safety and awareness through music help raise funds for those impacted with HIV and AIDS in South Africa. Her efforts, along with the Aids Responsibility Project (ARP) and the President's Advisory Council on HIV/Aids initiative culminated into the release of a 12-track CD entitled “What Are We Living For” which was featured at the International Aids Conference in Toronto.
She continues to work on commercials, voice-overs, soundtracks and in theater. She starred as an Apollo singer in The Buddy Holly Story at the Lawrence Welk Theater in San Diego, CA. She can be seen in SyFy thriller films like, Quantum Apocalypse, Wolvesbayne or playing Mrs. Holden in House of Bones. She recently starred as Nell Carter at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, at the Stage Door Canteen's run of "Ain't Misbehavin" of which she won the 2018 "Big Easy Award for "Best Ensemble Performance". She was recently featured in Samsung Galaxy's S8 commercial paying homage to New Orleans and showcasing up and coming rap artist, Pell.
She has come full circle and has returned to her Southern fried roots. Currently, touring with Jambalaya!The Musical, a Cajun-inspired production directed by award winning director, Nancy Gregory that showcases life on the Bayou. In Erica's down-time, she continues to write songs that embody the stories, lessons and charm of growing up in the South.