Grammy Award Nominee, Singer, Songwriter, and Producer Eric Roberson, continues to break boundaries as an independent artist in an industry dominated by major labels, manufactured sounds and mainstream radio. Described as the original pioneer of the independent movement in R&B/soul music, Eric has achieved major milestones in his career, from being a successful songwriter and producer for notable artists like Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, Vivian Green and countless others, to releasing nine albums under his Blue Erro Soul imprint. This Rahway, NJ native and Howard University alum became the first independent artist to be nominated for a BET Award in 2007 and was the recipient of the “Underground Artist of the Year” BETJ Virtual Award with Rahsaan Patterson in 2008. In addition, Eric was nominated in both 2010 and 2011 for a GRAMMY Award in the “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” category and continues to blaze trails unheard of from an independent artist. In 2011, his studio album, Mister Nice Guy, debuted in the top 5 on the iTunes R&B/Soul Charts. Earlier this year, Eric released a collaboration album, B-Sides, Features and Heartaches, as a thank you album to his fans. The album represents ten years of collaborations with some of his favorite independent artists in the soul movement including Angela Johnson, DJ Spinna, Collette and Les Nubians.
Eric’s 10th album, The Box, is set to release August 12, 2014 and the inspiration for this album is his determination to embrace growth, while at the same time not forgetting the person he is. Eric is a lover of fashion and loves to stay so fresh and so clean but is still a hip-hop kid at heart who likes to get down and dirty. This album definitely displays staying true to who you are, but also stepping outside The Box at times to learn, grow and mature.
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".
Take a listen to The Box's first single, "Mark on Me" here: https://soundcloud.com/blueerrosoul/mark-on-me