Eric Hutchinson

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Eric Hutchinson
Eric Hutchinson Live in Austin Texas 2015 1.jpg
Hutchinson performing at the Piece by Piece Tour in 2015
Background information
Born (1980-09-08) September 8, 1980 (age 35)
Washington, D.C., United States
Origin Takoma Park, Maryland, United States
Genres Pop, rock, folk, power pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Singing, guitar, piano
Years active 2003 -present
Labels Let's Break Records,
Warner Bros.
Kobalt[1]
Website www.erichutchinson.com/

Eric Hutchinson (born September 8, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter who plays soulful pop music. Eric is best known for his songs "Rock & Roll", "OK, It's Alright With Me", "Watching You Watch Him" & "Tell The World". 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.[2] Hutchinson also wrote and performed the theme song for ESPN's Fantasy Focus podcast.[3]

Hutchinson tours extensively and has performed at venues across the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, England, and Dubai. He has toured with such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz, OneRepublic, O.A.R., Pentatonix, Tristan Prettyman, John Mulaney and G. Love & Special Sauce.

Eric is also known for the sharp, often colorful suits he wears on stage and on his album covers.

Biography[edit]

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. As of February 2007, he resides in New York City with his wife, Jill and his dog, Elmer.

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.

2005 - 2007: Sounds Like This[edit]

In 2005, Hutchinson signed with Madonna's Maverick Records, but the label shut down before his album was released.[4] He independently recorded and released the album Sounds Like This in 2007. 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. It became the highest charting album by an unsigned artist in iTunes history.

The album was picked up by Warner Bros. Records, who released it in May 2008. Eric's 2008 single "Rock & Roll" earned him his first gold record in the United States. "Rock and Roll" 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.

2012: Moving Up, Living Down[edit]

Moving Up, Living Down, Hutchinson's second album, was released on April 17, 2012 by Warner Bros. Records. 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." Eric wrote "Watching You Watch Him" as a joke about his wife, Jill's obsession with tennis star Roger Federer.

Allmusic.com's review[5] said of the album said: "Hutchinson is a bell tone of a crooner with a knack for writing a catchy hook, and imbues his songs with just enough positive swagger and rhythmic grit to bring to mind a kind of contemporary take on Hall & Oates."

2014: Pure Fiction[edit]

Hutchinson released his third album titled Pure Fiction on April 8, 2014 via Kobalt Label Services.[6] The first song on the album, "Tell The World," has been chosen as the theme song for the 2014 mid-season NBC sitcom Growing Up Fisher, and also the song for the first Microsoft Windows 10 commercial.[7][8]

Allmusic.com[9]'s review of the album said: "Pure Fiction, finds him delivering more of his passionate, melodic, and imminently likable songs. Ultimately, the truth of Pure Fiction is that Hutchinson remains an impressive, resonant-voiced singer and a vibrant conduit for catchy, radio-ready pop."

2015 - present: Easy Street[edit]

Eric's new album, Easy Street, will be released on August 26, 2016. The album is produced by Hutchinson himself and features the power ballad "Anyone Who Knows Me", which Eric has said is "the song I've been trying to write my whole career."

Touring[edit]

In the winter of 2015, Hutchinson is on an "Almost Solo" tour. In spring of 2016, Hutchinson will join Rachel Platten on her "Wildfire Tour" in many cities.

Eric's regular touring band, The Believers, consists of Elliott Blaufuss (Guitars, Keys & Vocals), Ian Allison (Bass & Vocals) and Bryan Taylor (Drums, Percussion & Vocals). The band also sometimes features Jessie Payo on Backup Vocals. Eric Hutchinson & The Believers are known for a nonstop show that is high energy, funny and full of soul.

Reception[edit]

Hutchinson has received acclaim as a pianist, songwriter, and performer.[10] 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.[11][12][13][14][15] Journalist James Campion calls Hutchinson "a major talent with nary a trace of pretension" and "a sure thing."[16]

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,"[17] and "sunshine pop" with "feel-good playfulness" and a "plucky demeanor."[18]

Hutchinson placed second at the 2002 Los Angeles Songwriter's Grand Slam.[19]

Discography[edit]

Album Tracks
"That Could've Gone Better"
  • Released: March 25, 2003
  • Label: Let's Break Records
  • ASIN: B000CAEI9
  1. "Subtitles"
  2. "Rock and Roll"
  3. "Jettison"
  4. "Breakdown More"
  5. "All Used Up"
  6. "Same Mistakes"
  7. "Please"
"...Before I Sold Out"
  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Label: Let's Break Records
  • ASIN: B000FTL0A0
  1. "Modern Age"
  2. "All Over Now"
  3. "Outside Villanova"
  4. "Breakdown More"
  5. "Don't Hold Back"
  6. "Call Me Back"
  7. "Rock and Roll"
"Sounds Like This"
  • Released: May 20, 2008
  • Label: Let's Break Records / Warner Bros. Records
  • Songwriting credits: All songs written by Eric Hutchinson
  1. "OK, It's Alright with Me"
  2. "You Don't Have to Believe Me"
  3. "Outside Villanova"
  4. "Food Chain"
  5. "Rock and Roll"
  6. "Oh!"
  7. "All Over Now"
  8. "It Hasn't Been Long Enough"
  9. "Back to Where I Was"
  10. "You've Got You"
"Moving Up Living Down"
  1. "Talk Is Cheap"
  2. "Best Days"
  3. "The Basement"
  4. "Watching You Watch Him"
  5. "Breakdown More"
  6. "The People I Know"
  7. "Living In The Afterlife"
  8. "In The First Place"
  9. "I'm Not Cool"
  10. "Not There Yet"
  11. "Lisa" [Bonus Track]
"Pure Fiction"
  • Released: April 8, 2014
  • Label: Let's Break Records / Kobalt
  1. "Tell The World"
  2. "A Little More"
  3. "Forever"
  4. "I Got the Feelin Now"
  5. "Goodnight Goodbye"
  6. "Love Like You"
  7. "I Don't Love U"
  8. "Sun Goes Down"
  9. "Forget About Joni" (Acoustic)
  10. "Shine on Me" (Acoustic)
  11. "Tell The World" (Acoustic) [Bonus Track]
"Almost Solo in NYC (Live)"
  • Released: October 7, 2014
  • Label: Let's Break Records / Kobalt
  1. "OK It's Alright With Me" - Live
  2. "I'm a Foot Stomper" - Live
  3. "Watching You Watch Him" - Live
  4. "Watching You Eat Shrimp" - Live
  5. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - Live
  6. "Emo in College" - Live
  7. "Breakdown More" - Live
  8. "Outside Villanova" - Live
  9. "Amsterdam" - Live
  10. "Shine on Me" - Live
  11. "Rock & Roll" - Live
  12. "Love Like You" - Live
  13. "A Little More" - Live
"Easy Street"
  • Released: August 26, 2016
  • Label: Let's Break Records / Kobalt
  1. "Dear Me"
  2. "Good Rhythm (feat. G. Love)"
  3. "Anyone Who Knows Me"
  4. "Lost in Paradise"
  5. "Alcatraz"
  6. "American Princess"
  7. "Bored to Death"
  8. "Same Old Thing"
  9. "Anyone Who Knows Me (feat. Kevin 'K.O' Olusola)"
  10. "Dear Me (feat. Kevin 'K.O' Olusola)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Let's Break/ Kobalt Releases Eric Hutchinson's Pure Fiction". ShoreFire. 
  2. ^ "VH1 You Ought Know". Retrieved 2009-06-22. . He has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!,The Today Show,The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In 2010 he appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. t
  3. ^ Fantasy Focus Baseball Podcast, March 26, 2010. http://podloc.andohs.net/dloadTrack.mp3?prm=1722xhttp://a.espnradio.com/podcenter/fantasyfix/fantasybaseball100326.mp3
  4. ^ "Interview, Eric Hutchinson on Music Business Radio". February 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "AllMusic Review by Matt Collar". April 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "News: Eric Hutchinson". 
  7. ^ "News: The first Windows 10 commercial is out, and it will make you smile". 
  8. ^ "Eric Hutchinson - Tell The World (Lyric Video)". 
  9. ^ "AllMusic Review by Matt Collar". April 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ Fischer, Kristen (September 13, 2003). "Interview, Eric Hutchinson". Discovering Artists. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  11. ^ Richards, Chris (2007-09-29). "Singer Caught the Right Ear and Landed At the Top of iTunes". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  12. ^ Stefanovich, Nick (June 6, 2007). "Artist Interview: Eric Hutchinson". Archived from the original on December 29, 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  13. ^ Almond, Steve. "Not That You Asked". Archived from the original on December 28, 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  14. ^ "Eric Hutchinson". Last.FM. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  15. ^ "Eric Hutchinson, That Could've Have Gone Better". Ear Candy Magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  16. ^ "Eric Hutchinson, The Cutting Room NYC 10/17/06". Aquarian Weekly. November 22, 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  17. ^ "Eric Hutchinson". Milkboy Coffee. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  18. ^ "Eric Hutchinson". Bostonist. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  19. ^ "George Cowan Records Eric Hutchinson with Sennheiser, Neumann and True Systems". Retrieved 2009-06-22. 

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