Erin Bode

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Erin Bode
Bode performing live, April 2006
Background information
Born Wayzata, Minnesota
Origin St. Louis, Missouri
Genres Jazz
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 2000–present
Labels Maxjazz
Members Chris Higginbottom
Adam Maness
Syd Rodway

Erin Bode is an American jazz singer. Though Bode began her recording career in 2001, she has already garnered much praise. She has been called "someone you won't forget"[1] who is able to "explore a wide range of material in a fresh, often subtle manner"[2] and that possesses a voice that has "great purity, perfect pitch and impressive phrasing."[3] She has appeared on Fox & Friends and The Saturday Early Show.


Bode was born the youngest of four children in Wayzata, Minnesota[4] near Minneapolis–Saint Paul to a Lutheran minister who emphasized music, leading her to join a church choir.[1] While a high school student, first at Lutheran High School South in St. Louis, Missouri, and then at Eureka High School in Eureka, Missouri (where she graduated in 1995),[5] Bode excelled at the trumpet (which she borrowed from her older brother)[1] and performed in sixteen theatre productions.

She began college at the University of Minnesota before transferring to Webster University, during which time she performed with the St. Louis Symphony for three seasons. She was influenced by jazz pianist and singer Christine Hitt, a teacher at Webster, who introduced Bode to jazz and often invited her to sing during shows in the area.[1][2] Her first such show was at the Missouri Athletic Club.[4] Bode graduated with a degree in music and foreign languages (Italian and French), though she changed her major from classical music during her time at Webster.[2][3]

Bode remained in the area upon graduation and produced her first studio album, Requests, in 2001. The album brought her enough local attention, due in part to a cover of Cyndi Lauper's song "Time After Time", that she was signed to St. Louis jazz label MAXJAZZ.[2]

Erin Bode Trio[edit]

Bode's band, The Erin Bode Trio, was formed during her time at Webster. The group currently consists of pianist Adam Maness, drummer Derrek Phillips and bassist Syd Rodway, Bode's husband.[4] Maness is also co-lyricist, with Bode. The band has recorded two albums to date with Maxjazz: 2004's Don't Take Your Time and 2006's Over and Over, the latter of which reached a peak position of seventeenth on the Billboard chart for Top Jazz Albums in 2006. Bode has also recorded with Peter Martin and Rick Recht.


Television appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Cheryl Hughey. "Erin Bode: Don't Take Your Time". Retrieved 2006-12-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d Ken Dryden. "Erin Bode Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2006-12-24. 
  3. ^ a b George Graham (March 1, 2006). "George Graham Reviews Erin Bode's "Over and Over"". Retrieved 2006-12-24. 
  4. ^ a b c Stephanie Kiszczak (October 13, 2005). "The people you know... alumna Erin Bode". Retrieved 2006-12-24. 
  5. ^ "Persons of Interest: Erin Bode". Ladue News. May 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Second Cup Café: Erin Bode". CBS News. June 23, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-24. 
  7. ^ Julian Phillips (April 14, 2006). "Looming Deadline". Fox News. Retrieved 2006-12-24. 

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