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Erik Upshaw / Bio

Nashville, TN based songwriter and instrumentalist Erik Upshaw has been creating catchy hooks and writing melodic tunes for nearly 10 years. Nearly a "one-man band", Erik picked up the drums in the 8th grade and has since taught himself how to play the guitar as well as the keys. "I've always been most fascinated with drums. Ever since I was a kid in church, my eyes were glued to the drummer," states Upshaw. "So I asked for a kit for one Christmas and literally just taught myself how to play by practicing for hours each day." Once he felt pretty comfortable behind the kit and after his high school band broke up, he decided he wanted to take on another instrument - the guitar. "Even today I'm no where near a 'pro' by any means on guitar, but I did in fact find it rather easy to pick up and learn." He asked for an acoustic-electric for his high school graduation gift and immediately fell in love with the guitar. "I still own it to this day, I called her 'Keira'." Once he picked up guitar he started writing his own songs in college. About a year later he found a cheap keyboard in his attic he received for Christmas years ago and his next goal was the keyboard. "I remember taking masking tape and labeling each key on the keyboard to help me learn the notes." He then purchased an inexpensive audio interface and started recording. "I always get a good laugh when I go back and listen to some of my original recordings," Erik states (laughing) "But it's refreshing to know how far I've come since." Now, nearly 10 years, 5 instrumental albums, 3 group albums, 2 Christmas EP's and nearly 100 songs later, Erik dreams of landing some of his tracks in film, TV, or commercials. "My dream one day before I pass on is to go to a movie and hear one of my songs. Even if it's only 10 seconds long, knowing that I created that work of art would be one of the biggest accomplishments I could ever dream of experiencing." His next and final task - learning how to sing. “I strongly believe God has blessed me in many things and I simply believe singing is not one of them. If it works out and I can learn, great, but if not – I’m okay with that too.”

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Instrumental / Pop

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Nashville, TN