By Gary Voorhies
© 2006 CMA Close Up
News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.
the youngest contestant to compete in the USA Network television
talent competition "Nashville Star," 18-year-old Erika
Jo was a long shot to win - but on April 26, at the end of the
telecast's third season, she did just that. She was awarded a
prize package that included a recording contract with Universal
South Records, an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry and an
all-around express ticket to Country fame.
Juliet, Tenn. native Erika Jo has been singing professionally
with her father's band since childhood. That experience paid off
as she won over the "Nashville Star" judges and
viewers with soaring vocals and charismatic stage presence
during performances of such varied material as "Here For
The Party," "Broken Wing" and "Black
entire experience has been an education for me," said Erika
Jo, who graduated from high school on June 2.
debut single, "I Break Things," was written by Wade
Kirby and Monty Criswell. The cut was made available for
immediate radio airplay by digital download just after Erika Jo
performed the song on the "Nashville Star" finale. Her
self-titled Universal South debut album, produced by Tim DuBois,
was released June 14.
HER OWN WORDS:
Who is your musical hero?
song would you secretly like to cover?
"'Every Rose Has Its Thorn.'"
CD is on your stereo right now?
"Maroon 5's Songs About Jane."
book is on your nightstand right now?
"Dr. Seuss' Oh,The Places You'll Go."
do you sing in the shower?
"Anything that's on my mind."
is your pet peeve?
"When people don't look at you when you're talking to
actor would portray you in a biopic about your life?
moment in your life would you relive if you could?
"The moment I won 'Nashville Star!'"
song do you wish you had written?
"'Time in a Bottle,' written and performed by Jim Croce."
word or phrase do you find yourself saying over and over again?
you have a lucky charm?
"I carry a leprechaun in my pocket. But I haven't
figured out what to do when I wear a dress."
mode of transportation do you prefer - planes, trains or
"My new Chevy Silverado!"
is your dream duet partner?
you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?
"Life As A Blonde Stuck In A Natural Brunette's Body!"
they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people
say about you?
"Of course I hope they liked my music, but more
importantly, I hope they say I was a good person."
the Web: www.erikajo.com