Erica Leigh Jervis was born and raised in the small town of Tunkhannock, PA. When Erica was two and a half years old, her mother enrolled her in dance classes within their local community. At age seven, Erica moved to a larger studio in Scranton, PA, called The Ballet Theatre of Scranton and that opportunity awarded her much greater possibilities for her future. At the age of ten, Erica and her family lost her sister, Tammi. Watching her sister battle cancer and subsequently dealing with much bigger life issues than the average ten year old, Erica found solace in journaling and eventually poetry. Erica also immersed herself into her dancing and eventually devoted 20 years to her craft, studying, performing, choreographing and teaching various styles of concert dance. At eighteen, she moved to NYC to pursue her degree at Marymount Manhattan College as a BFA major. After briefly dancing for the Philadelphia Dance Company, Erica hung up her professional dance shoes for good and continued teaching dance.
Needing a different form to communicate, Erica completed her degree in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing and Global Culture at SUNY Binghamton, where she wrote her Thesis, “Song and Dance.” During this time, she fronted a well known regional cover band and eventually won a singing competition with the prize being a chance to open for Lorrie Morgan. This afforded her subsequent opportunities to open for other major artists including Lonestar. Taking this as her cue, Erica finally moved to Nashville in 2009, immediately immersing herself in the performing and writing community, and even found work as a Production Assistant for Tanya Tucker. She had the opportunity to sing background vocals with the star. Erica organized a benefit for her late sister, Tammi Lynn Jervis Reeves, to help fund research for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She kept writing and singing, but as often happens, Nashville can be a cruel mistress and in 2013, Erica took a needed break from music and performance. She moved away from Nashville for two years to focus on other aspects of her life. Erica met her fiancé and they welcomed their son, Jonathan, into the world in January 2017.
With a newfound purpose of motherhood and witnessing the miracle of life, Erica has renewed the passion for her music and songwriting. She has chosen to come back to music with a new perspective. She is grateful to have met Music Veteran, Jim Reilley, with 30 years of experience. He is the co-founder of the critically acclaimed band, The New Dylans. Jim also worked as a staff writer for 20 years including a 9 year stint at Curb Music Publishing. They both hail from Pennsylvania, securing a bond and sharing the vision for Erica’s new record. Reilley along with engineer Eric Fritsch, encouraged her to pursue creating an album. They’ve been in the studio, locking in the sound and direction for the new songs. She’d like for other artists to cut her songs and looks for a career in publishing. Look for her EP, Seasons, to be released 12/21/18!
UPDATE: Erica Leigh’s first single, “Feelin’ No Pain,” is available NOW @ Apple Music!