Erin Barra’s sound draws from a diverse range of musical influences that creates a distinctive mix of Pop, Rock and Soul with splashes of Reggae. Heavy on the lyrical content she infuses both substance and consciousness into her songwriting with penetrating skill and a unique instrumental perspective.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Erin began her musical training on the piano bench at the tender age of 4. She has composed and performed her own music throughout her adolescence beginning with string quartets and even a fully produced Opera titled ‘Illusions’ that toured high schools on the West Coast through Utah Opera’s education program. She solidified her training and craft with a degree in songwriting from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee she was discovered by legendary songwriter John Oates, of Hall and Oates and together the two penned the song ‘Waiting’ for Barra’s first release in 2007. Over the years, Erin has had the opportunity to write and work with industry notables and Grammy award winning artists, engineers and producers.
“When I first met Erin Barra at Berklee… I sensed she had something special. After our first writing session together, my instincts were confirmed. She is an “old soul” musician with a very modern songwriting sensibility. She is the type of artist who can have a long career in the music business. John Oates of Hall and Oates.
After making the move to New York in 2007 Erin recorded her first album, Soul Revolutions and immediately dove into the performance circuit; having appeared on New York stages of SOB’s, Solomon’s Porch, The Bitter End, The Bowery Poetry Club, Rockwood Music Hall, The Canal Room and The Cutting Room. Her presence is also felt on stages throughout the North-East and Rocky Mountain Regions. Whether she is performing with her band, in trio form, or solo, her performances are simultaneously intimate and electric. Playing a Hohner Melodica as one of the cornerstones of her live set along with an infectious energy, she creates something between a rock show and a storytelling.
Erin channels the modern day wattage of Alicia Keys with the substance of Roberta Flack, inspired largely from a classic range of legendary performers such as Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raiit, Bob Marley, Jill Scott, Michael Jackson and Hall and Oates.