They're not laughing anymore. Nobody's making fun of his
name anymore. In fact, to millions of music lovers, his name
might soon become a household word. You see, superstar singer
Kenny Rogers just cut Erik's song, "Buy Me A Rose"
and put it on his latest CD. Pretty soon, they'll be calling
From the time he was very young, Erik was "obsessed"
with music. When all of his friends would run out to play,
Erik would be sitting, pad and pen in hand, jotting down the
lyrics to some of his favorite songs. "I was obsessed
with music from Day One but I didn't know why," Erik
revealed. "The more I listened to the music, the more
I started hearing these patterns (which I later learned was
really counterpoint). Whenever a good song was being played
I noticed there was a strong melody being played in conjunction
with that--from an arrangement point of view. So I just started
trying to do those kinds of things on the piano and started
playing the piano by ear."
Erik confessed that when it comes to theory, he's not an
exceptional musician at all. In fact, put him in front of
a piano and ask him to play a simple tune, and he's lost.
But, play it for him a few times and he'll perform it for
you note for note. This presented somewhat of a paradox--on
one hand, he was self-taught and could hear the music well
enough to perform it. But on the other hand, it kinda restricted
him from really diving into the inner workings of music.
kept following his musical dreams which eventually led him to receiving
a full scholarship and a college degree. By this time he had already
studied with a vocal teacher and had some experience performing.
||West Weber, Utah
||Song "Buy Me A Rose" cut and
released on Kenny Rogers CD.
Our TAXI passenger
didn't really get serious about a career in the music business until
about four years ago when he got married and began listening to his
wife's favorite radio station that programmed Country music. "To me,
Country tends to make everything else sound like elevator music because
Country is very honest. So I started listening to artists like Clint
Black and Randy Travis. I thought that I might be able to do something
like that myself. I called my friend who had this tiny basement studio
and told him I wanted to put together a few songs, but he challenged
me to write 10 songs for a CD."
the challenge and finally completed his first CD with original material.
Taking it to a local Utah songwriter seminar, he received some very
positive feedback--enough to make him decide to finally pursue songwriting
as a career: "Most of the feedback I got told me that I still needed
a lot of work but that there was potential. That was enough to keep
me going in that field."
while singing a jingle at a local recording studio, someone showed Erik
a TAXI ad in a music magazine and he was a believer for life. "I couldn't
believe all of the listings. The thought that people were really asking
for these songs was foreign to me. I had always heard that trying to
get your music to these people was a nightmare. The people at TAXI were
so nice and hospitable when I called that I gave it a try. From Day
One, it was awesome."
an understatement when you consider the credibility and validation Erik
is receiving by having his tune "Buy Me A Rose" (originally called "Little
Things") on Kenny Rogers' latest CD. Here's how Erik tells the story:
"I submitted the song and within a few weeks I got a card telling me
the song was forwarded. Rex Benson, TAXI's Country music screener and
frequent visitor to Nashville, told me he heard rumblings that Kenny
was going to cut the track but I didn't want my hopes to get too high.
About a month after that, it was confirmed. I went out to buy a copy
of the CD and noticed that they spelled my first name wrong."
to summarize his relationship with TAXI, Erik's response was short and
to the point. "TAXI is the reason I have a career." I doubt that Kenny
Rogers could have said it better, himself! Congratulations, Erik.