PUSHING THROUGH THE PAIN
The day after a phone call introduction that would lead to an interesting partnership with Dana Strum (Vinnie Vincent, Slaughter & Vince Neil Band), Erica nearly lost her life as she was riding a bicycle and was hit by a truck, which landed her in the emergency room. Continue Reading →
Chase-ing Your Dreams, One Chord at a Time
Erica Chase, the talented young singer/songwriter (“We Can Fly”) was an English major at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, when she met multiplatinum producer, Dana Strum (Slaughter bassist). Through connections her father’s business partner made in Las Vegas, Erica met Dana on February 1, 2006. That date will forever burn in her memory, not only because of the amazingness of the moment, but because of what happened the very next day. Riding on her bicycle on the way to meet a friend for lunch, she was slammed up against a truck windshield, flying through the air and onto the ground. She awoke in a helicopter with a mask over her face.
“I will never forget that day for as long as I live,” she told me in a recent phone interview. While she had dabbled in songwriting as a high school jock growing up sandwiched between two brothers, she hadn’t realized how much her dream to become a rock star outweighed her upper-middle class upbringing of doing the smart thing such as becoming an educator. “I was on my way to Seattle to become a teacher,” she revealed. But after her accident, from which she miraculously walked away with minor injuries, she realized how short life could be. It was time to take the bull by the horns and live out the secret dream she truly harbored.
American Idol finalist James Durbin and recording artist Orianthi recently played a special concert at Center Staging in Burbank, CA, to benefit the Rock School Scholarship Fund (http://www.RockSchoolFund.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit group that funds music lessons and provides instruments for kids 7-17 who want to attend any rock school nationwide, but whose parents don’t have the financial means.
Both James and Orianthi joined several student bands for various cover songs and, after playing several songs with the Burbank Music Academy student band Full Count, Orianthi performed her original song “Heaven in This Hell” with the School of Rock North Hollywood.
Last week Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler came under fire for his rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” ahead of the AFC championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots.
The rock legend was widely panned for his failure to hit the high notes, and he also had some trouble with the lyrics. But the complaints were nothing new, and perhaps for good reason. Recording artist Erica Chase tells Pop Tarts that, in characterizing our country’s national anthem, “difficult would be an understatement.”
New music artist Erica Chase may have traded a budding basketball career for a guitar and the opportunity to work with metal legend Dana Strum of Slaughter who is producing her upcoming album, but today she made an off-court rebound with a big assist to support A Day of Champions, a star-studded celebrity sports event at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles in support of the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
The carpet wasn’t the only thing that was red in Hollywood this past weekend. Rocker chic(k) new music artist Erica Chase sported a slick lick of power-red lipstick as she hit the carpet in high Hollywood style.
First, Erica was spotted on the carpet at Andy Dick’s Hollywood film premiere of Division III: Football’s Finest wearing a soft red lipstick with a coral undertone, but the following night, she joined celebs includingQuinton Aaron [The Blindside], Carla Renata (Up All Night),Desiree Hall (NCIS: Los Angeles) at Gloria Govan’s (VH1’sBasketball Wives) charity birthday party wearing a glamorous, full-on shade by Revlon in their signature Revlon Red hue (Pictured).
Erica Chase is getting ready to release her debut solo album after touring with the likes of rock stars Vince Neal and metal producer Dana Strum. When looking at the top 100 guitarists of all time from Rolling Stone magazine, she noticed something the voters didn’t — there was only 2 female guitarists on the list.We talked to Erica about who should be the list, her music, rock and general and the future of the music.
Head over to 104.9 The Eagle to listen to the interview.
An up and coming artist that is sure to make noise in 2012 is Erica Chase. Not only does her debut album come out, but she is one of the few women guitarists that can hold a candle to Nancy Wilson and Lita Ford. I recently chatted with the guitar goddess about her influences, her music and Rolling Stone’s list of greatest guitarists ever.
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