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ROOTS Academy is proud to introduce our newest voice mentor, Erica Smith!
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“The students who excel with me are the ones who want to move people through song.”

Erica Smith knows a thing or two about that.

The Roswell, Georgia, native moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

Since then, she’s toured professionally as country artist “Erica Bryan” and has worked with Reba McEntireKelly ClarksonBlake Shelton and Matthew West in the music industry.

She has a degree in musical theatre from Samford University and has been featured by CM Chat Live, American Songwriter, For the Country Record, One Stop Country and others. Her biggest spotlight moment to date was “Kelly Clarkson telling me that she watched my music video … and loved it!”

What most excites her about her work is “when a song relates to someone else going through the same thing.”

In other words, moving people through song.

When she’s not doing that, you can find Erica watching Netflix or sipping coffee on her back porch. Here’s a little more about Erica.

Q&A with Erica

Of all the places you have traveled, which is your favorite?
Medora, North Dakota

Any funny/embarrassing stories you have to share that has happened in your profession?
During my last show, a guy in the audience had a saxophone and ended up joining our set. 

Give us an idea of your sense of humor. Is there a Youtube video that really made you “laugh out loud”? 
I like watching live comedy, like Nate Bergatze and Aziz Ansari.

What type of music did you grow up listening to? Is it the same now? What changed?
I listened to Billy Joel, The Dixie Chicks, John Denver … now I listen to blues and rock because my parents don’t control the radio dial anymore!

What is your favorite all time movie and why?
The Social Network because it’s awesome!

If you could meet one author, performer who would it be and what wold you ask them?
I would want to meet David Grohl and just bask in his awesomeness.

What is your favorite quote? 
“I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference” –Robert Frost

What is your favorite Bible verse and how does it speak to you? 
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God.” Galatians 2:20, my life verse

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