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Rising Stars: Meet Erica Brighthill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Brighthill.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Thank you so much for having me to share my story. From a young age, I always loved singing. My mom’s best friend was a singer and when I saw her on stage I told myself, ”Wow that’s what I want to do”. When I was young, me and my friends used to play and pretend we were on American Idol and sing for hours and when I was alone I would sing with a hairbrush or my karaoke mic. As a teenager, when I was home alone, my favorite thing to do was to blast the music and sing.

I started taking music seriously after high school. In grade 10, my friends all knew I loved to sing and they thought I was good so they pushed me into doing a school talent show where I ended up surprising my parents with my singing and they thought I was going to be dancing. After that event, I started singing in all the school talent shows, I entered competitions and I started taking singing lessons to learn how to properly use my voice. I took lessons for 2 years with my vocal coach Chantal Hackett, who is now my best friend, and who I now work with, at her studio Sing House Studios as a vocal coach.

I have now been giving singing lessons for three years. Through Chantal, I was able to do many shows, competitions, community events, and festivals around my town. She also introduced me to the management team I am working with today, The Syndicut, Tara Shanon, and Debbie Zavitson who are industry professionals. Tara is from the region of Ottawa and Debbie from Nashville who has helped me in the release of 2 songs and helped me develop my career in music.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Singing and music have always been my passion and something I would like to do as a career. Being an artist is having a business, you are the product. It is not always easy, you really have to love it and work hard at it. I would say my biggest challenge in music has to be time management and the financial aspect of it.

At the beginning of a music career, it is very challenging to make money and there are a lot of expenses, such as the cost of recordings, videos, photoshoots, outfits, equipment, marketing, and promotion, etc. With that being said, when I started taking music seriously, I was a high school student with the plans of going to university and working part-time. Managing all these together had to be my biggest struggle since all three of them were a priority.

There were times where I wanted to quit university and do music full-time, but it was hard to justify that decision knowing I had always been told to go for the safe choice, because by going to university or college, I would have a guaranteed job and pension, etc.

Now having graduated from university and been a teacher, I am happy but I know that my main goal is not to be a teacher, music is my number one goal and I want to prioritize that and listen to my heart. As they say, do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Thank you. I appreciate it. I am a singer, performer, songwriter, vocal coach, and teacher. I love to sing and perform as much as I can and my style is country-pop. I am very passionate about the voice and training it to become better and into using it properly. I also teach singing at a music school called Sing House Studios, where I get to teach people of every age how to use their singing voice properly, how to expand their vocal range, give them tips on performance and multiple exercises in order to make them a better and stronger singer.

What I am most proud of is how far I have come in seven years, I went from singing in my bedroom in front of no one to now performing in festivals and multiple events, teaching other people how to sing, winning competitions, traveling to Nashville, working with a record label, releasing 2 singles called Still Small Voice and Girls Don’t Need a Guy to Dance and continuing to grow as an artist. I think what sets me apart from others are my values; authenticity, women empowerment, professionalism, generosity, compassion, hard work, positivity, and being open to learning.

Through my music, I always have to sing about or write about something that I am going through or that I feel. With that, I want other people who feel the same way to be able to relate and to help them with what they are going through. I also believe that it is so important to be kind, grateful to the fans and to the people you work with because it takes a team to make music and a career out of it.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
What makes me the happiest is music because it helps me express myself and my emotions because no matter what I feel, there is a song to help me through it. Music is the thing that will never leave my side.

During our lives, we lose people, things, but no one can take away the music. Music is engraved in me, I live and breathe it, it is an undeniable feeling.

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Novovisio Productions and Danika Lafontaine.

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