Blending heartfelt, soul-tinged lyrics with dance-infused pop, Erin Kirby creates music that explores the full intensity of human emotions.
“I decided one day that I wanted to do pageants as a child and my parents were telling me that you can do talent in the pageant. I always loved singing around the house and singing in school. From the moment I hit the stage, I knew that music was what I want wanted to do forever.” explains Erin. “I kept up with the pageant so that I had a place to sing because I was only around eight or nine at the time. As I continued on with it, I really, really loved it. I moved on to a national level of pageantry, and I competed at a pageant in Orlando, Florida. I competed against this girl and her dad is Justin Timberlake’s manager. Her aunt sent me a video of my talent performance to him and he flew off tour to come in and meet me, which kind of gave me the confidence to be like this is really what I want to do.”
Kirby’s powerful vocals have landed her recognition as a John Maxwell Rising Star and as Jezebel Magazine’s songwriter of the year; soon after, she made it in the American Idol Top 60. Kirby was a top-three contestant on Showtime at the Apollo with Steve Harvey.
“I was so excited because I grew up watching older videos from Apollo. When I got the opportunity to sing there, along with meeting Steve Harvey, I was like, What the heck is my life? This is awesome,” explains Erin. “I also got to sing the national anthem at the Mercedes Benz stadium. I also got to FaceTime Jessie J and I got to sing with her.”
In July, Erin released her new single titled Half In Love. The song is about being in love with someone but still having feelings for your ex.
“I wrote it with two fellow artists called Jake and Zach, who are absolutely incredible. I flew up with my mom that day, and we immediately started writing. We just kind of came up with this concept of something that everyone can relate to has. Everyone’s afraid to commit to a relationship,” explains Erin. “Maybe it’s because you’re committed to your career and the extra piece of your heart, or you’re just scared. It was kind of difficult finding a time to put the song out due to everything going around. But at the same time, I was like, you know, the world needs good music and hopefully the love this song.”