Eric Turner (singer)

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Eric Turner
Born (1977-11-01) November 1, 1977 (age 39)
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
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Years active 2007–present
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Eric Turner (born November 1, 1977) is an American singer and songwriter who currently resides in Sweden. He is best known for being on the song "Written in the Stars" with Tinie Tempah. He has had standout success as a songwriter, with three separate #1s and a number #1 on beatport.[1] He has collaborated with artists including Avicii, Lupee Fiasco, John De Sohn, Ella, Inna, Lawson, Kardinall Offishal, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder, and Sebjak. He currently has one song on Avicii's album Stories. He is also the lead singer in the band Street Fighting Man. Songs he has written have reached a wide audience and together have an estimated 3-400 million views on YouTube.[2]

Background[edit]

Turner was born in Boston, and attended Boston College High School. He was a math teacher at the International English school Stockholm, Järfälla in Sweden. He attended McGill University in Canada, where he completed a master's degree in biochemistry.[2]

Turner is an accomplished visual artist as well.

He has two brothers and a sister, Nicholas, Robert and Destinee Turner, who live in Boston. His mother teaches Fashion Design at Quincy High School.

Music career[edit]

Turner's performance with his band Street Fighting Man at an event in Stockholm caught the attention of a local sound engineer, who later told his friend, Swedish producer Eshraque "iSHi" Mughal, about the singer: "This guy is freakin amazing! you have to hear this guy."[3] ISHi met him and decided straight away that he had the "X-factor", signing Turner to his music publishing company 2Stripes a few weeks later.[3]

As a talented songwriter as well as singer, Eric Turner began writing pop songs for other artists. "Written in the Stars" was one of the first pop songs he wrote, and became a song for Tinie Tempah with Turner singing the big chorus.[3] The song was released in September 2010 and peaked at number 1 in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.[2] The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

Turner also appeared on Lupe Fiasco's album Break the Chain. Turner made appearances on the songs "Stereo Sun" and "My Last Try" from Tinchy Stryder's third studio album, Third Strike. The album's lead single, "Angels & Stars", features Lupe Fiasco and Tinie Tempah. It was leaked on January 18, 2012, and was released to pop & rhythm radio station on January 31, 2012. The album's second single, "Stylechanger" (featuring Kardinal Offishall, Wretch 32 and Professor Green), was released via download on February 24, 2012. "Written in the Stars 2.0", a track which was suspected to appear on the album, was leaked online in January 2012.

In early 2013, Turner released a mixtape titled StyleChanger. It included the songs "Written in the Stars 2.0", "StyleChanger" (main track), "Stereo Sun Part 2", "Pretenders", "Old Soul", "Dream On" and "Waves of You". All were written by Turner.

Turner has since collaborated with Avicii on the song "Dancing in My Head", and also co-wrote Tinie Tempah's song, "Someday (Place in the Sun)".

Turner is a well known songwriter and has written songs for big artists. He wrote two songs for the band Lawson, "Learn to Love Again" and "Juliet". He has one song on Avicii's new album Stories, "Broken Arrows". Turner also wrote and featured in Inna's song "Bop Bop". He wrote and featured on Sebjak's single "Fire Higher".[5]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Main artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US AUS DEN FIN FRA IRE NZ NOR UK
"Angels & Stars"
(featuring Lupe Fiasco and Tinie Tempah)
2013 Eric Turner: The Life
"Stylechanger"
(featuring Kardinal Offishall, Wretch 32 and Professor Green)
"Dancing in My Head"
(with Avicii)
188[6]

Featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US AUS DEN FIN FRA IRE NZ NOR SWI UK
"Written in the Stars"
(Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner)
2010 12 34 18 7 21 1 13 2 47 1
  • UK: Platinum
  • AUS: Platinum
  • CAN: Platinum
  • NZ: Gold
  • NOR: 10× Platinum (Diamond)
  • SWE: Platinum
  • US: Platinum
Disc-Overy
"Bop Bop"
(Inna featuring Eric Turner)
2015 Inna

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single tracks Eric Turner has appeared on
Year Contribution Album
2010 "Stereo Sun" (Tinchy Stryder featuring Eric Turner) Third Strike
"My Last Try" (Tinchy Stryder featuring Eric Turner)
2011 "Break the Chain" (Lupe Fiasco featuring Eric Turner and Sway) Lasers
2015 "Bop Bop" (Inna featuring Eric Turner) Inna
"Fire Higher" (Matt Nash & Sebjak featuring Eric Turner)

References[edit]

  1. ^ beatport
  2. ^ a b c "Who is Musician Eric Turner?". Retrieved 9 April 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ a b c "Interview with iSHi". HitQuarters. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner". Billboard. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  5. ^ https://pro.beatport.com/release/fire-higher/1590636
  6. ^ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/121117cluk.txt

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