Hutchinson performing at World Cafe, Philadelphia, May 6, 2012
September 8, 1980 |
Washington, D.C., United States
|Origin||Takoma Park, Maryland, United States|
|Genres||Pop, rock, folk, power pop|
|Instruments||Singing, guitar, piano|
|Labels||Let's Break, Warner Bros.|
Eric Hutchinson (born September 8, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter. He signed with Madonna's Maverick Records, but the label shut down before his album was released. Hutchinson recorded and released the album Sounds Like This on his own. The album won praise from gossip blogger Perez Hilton, which sent it to the top ten on the iTunes Store, where it peaked at number five in September 2007 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The album was picked up by Warner Bros. Records, who released it in May 2008.
Born in Washington, D.C., Hutchinson grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland, attended the Communication Arts Program at Montgomery Blair High School, and went to Emerson College in Boston, where he lived for about four years before moving to Los Angeles. Hutchinson began playing guitar around 1995, and later added piano to his repertoire. When on acoustic guitar, he plays with exuberance, often laying down percussive hand slaps on the strings. He says he "should've taken more guitar lessons," but was always "more interested in playing and singing songs I knew and liked better than Hot Cross Buns out of a workbook." As of February 2007, he resides in New York City.
On September 15, 2008, Hutchinson performed "Rock and Roll" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His follow-up single, "Ok, It's Alright With Me," was also performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on July 24, 2009. "Rock and Roll" was also appeared in the series finale episode of the Australian-produced Packed to the Rafters. The single reached #1 in Australia in April 2009. In addition, "Rock and Roll" reached #9 on the ARIA Australian Singles Chart and has been certified Platinum in Australia. "Rock and Roll" has also reached Gold in New Zealand, the U. S. and Norway.
Before his opening date in New York on the Kelly Clarkson tour, Hutchinson was interviewed by Broken Records Magazine (BRM). Eric told BRM that "he just wants to write stuff he will enjoy playing. It's all about songwriting." He goes on to mention that Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and the Beatles were all primary influences on his style of music writing.
Hutchinson was named an AOL "About To Pop" artist, Yahoo! Who's Next Artist, MSN "One To Watch" Artist and a "VH1 You Oughta Know" Artist. Hutchinson also wrote the theme song for ESPN's Fantasy Focus podcast.
Moving Up, Living Down, Hutchinson's second album, was released on April 17, 2012. The first single, "Watching You Watch Him" debuted on the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy. Hutchinson also returned to the Late Show with David Letterman on February 21, 2012 to perform "Watching You Watch Him."
Hutchinson plays venues across the U.S. and Canada, and has toured with such artists as Joe Jackson, Jason Mraz and OneRepublic. Throughout 2009 and 2010, Hutchinson appeared in support Kelly Clarkson.
Hutchinson's latest tour in support of Moving Up Living Down commenced on April 17, 2012. He followed up with an "Almost Solo" tour in the fall, featuring only himself and touring band member Elliott Blaufuss performing acoustic renditions of songs.
Hutchinson has received acclaim as a pianist, songwriter, and performer. He has been called "one of the most talented singer-songwriters that Boston has to offer," with comparisons to Jason Mraz, Stevie Wonder, Cat Stevens, Billy Joel and The Beatles. Journalist James Campion calls Hutchinson "a major talent with nary a trace of pretension" and "a sure thing."
Hutchinson's music is a combination of rock, folk pop, and powerpop. It has been called "intelligent pop" with "painstakingly placed lyrics, brimming with sarcasm and wit," and "sunshine pop" with "feel-good playfulness" and a "plucky demeanor."
Hutchinson placed second at the 2002 Los Angeles Songwriter's Grand Slam.
|That Could've Gone Better
|Before I Sold Out
|Sounds Like This
|"Moving Up Living Down"
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