Music Spotlight: Up Close and Personal With Soul Superstar Erin Stevenson
Keandra "Ke Ke" Scott Tatum | 6/28/2019, 5:11 p.m.
When it comes to the lively Houston R&B/Soul scene, Erin Stevenson is no stranger; rocking the livest clubs and performance venues in the city. As one of the original members of the tween group, Girl’s Tyme, alongside Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, Stevenson continues to make her mark in the music entertainment industry. This soul superstar has traveled all over the world singing with music icons such as Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, Ciara, Rihanna, and Janet Jackson, and many more. With an already impressive resume, Stevenson is back with her hot new single paired with visuals that are funky and fierce! Stevenson’s version of Keith Sweat's "Make It Last Forever" has an addictive vibe that is sure to please any R&B aficionado.
From her high energy, stylish garb and bold tresses, to the sound of her upbeat lyrics that embody her dynamic experiences throughout the entire track, this song is radio ready, just in time for summer! We don’t get to hear about the journey of professional musicians and background vocalists often, who can be best described as an engine behind major artists across the globe. Houston Style got a chance to catch up with Mrs. Erin Stevenson-Titus in an interview earlier this week.
Houston Style Magazine: I know this might be a cliché question to ask, but, your experience and professionalism with the cream of the crop in music entertainment has lead me to this question. Who are your musical influences?
Erin Stevenson: I love Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Tina Marie. Although I've had a chance to perform with some of the top modern day greats, I’m an old school type of woman. I enjoy crossover type of artists as well.
HSM: When did you know you were destined to be in music entertainment?
ES: My journey started sometime before I reached the age of 10. I use to clown and joke a lot singing at family crawfish boils & fish-frys and my uncle use to make me sing “Greatest love” of all by Whitney Houston. The way my family would react, everyone knew I was on to something. An opportunity to audition and be a part of Girl's Tyme came about but I ended up leaving with a contract in my hand because I felt like I had my whole life ahead of me and didn't want to limit any possibilities and avenues. I graduated from Willowridge High School and began to study Communications and Marketing at Prairie View A&M University. I was all over the place. I was a Black Fox Dancer and apart of different organizations; I had full college experience. There was one point, I thought I wasn't going to finish and I got in my car and drove back home. My grandmother thought I was out-of-my-mind, ha-ha. My dad and grandmother both agreed I needed to finish, so I went back. Upon graduation, I worked for Sparklett Water doing door-to-door sales and made Top 10 in the country within 3 months. Shortly thereafter, I was hired to work for Nasa, which was good experience and money, but, I woke up one morning like, Erin, you tripping... I was living a cool life but not a great and purposeful life. I began to perform around the city opening up for R. Kelly, Jamie Foxx, and many other well-known acts until I landed one of my greatest breaks singing back-up for Janet Jackson in 2005.