As she stands on the stage you can’t help but to notice her unique style including the brightly colored Mohawk, fishnet top and neon pants. The energy in the room is commanding as you feel the bass of the music pulsing through your body as you can’t help, but to sing along and dance to the melody. Behind such a polarizing figure and memorable melodies is an equally compelling woman, Eryn Woods. Eryn is an artist who has drawn comparison to Gwen Stefani, Fergie and Cyndi Lauper, but when it’s all said and done, she’s ready to be a leader and not a follower while breaking down stereotypes along the way.
Eryn grew up perfecting her craft signing in the choir and participating in musical theater. One of her fondest memories growing she told us was, “Playing the lead role in the musical “Annie” as I had the best time singing, dancing and acting for a sold out audience every night!” Even with those delightful memories, Eryn has gone through some rough times, experiencing dismissal from those closest to her. She describes how coming from a “closed minded and conservative family” led to a dark period in her life as she was looked at weirdly for having crazy hair, tattoos and piercings. Never one to take things lying down, Eryn realized that “if I was ever going to be able to do good in this world with my music, I was going to have to love myself before anything else”. Eryn describes the recording of her album “HollEWoods” as the moment that taught her who she is as an artist and really shaped her as a person. Learning from her experiences, Eryn is aiding others in discovering who they are regardless of their situations.
Eryn spends time talking to middle and high school students about self-acceptance and bullying as they are topics close to her heart. She proudly stated, “I understand what it is like to not always be accepted for who you are and the decisions you decide to make for your life.” She’s performed at numerous Pride Festivals and with a growing movement for acceptance of the LGBT community in the mainstream, she believes, “The world needs to focus more on the talent and less about who someone loves.” In her enjoys of traveling, Eryn has learned a great deal which has helped shape her sound. As she put it, “I have learned by traveling and meeting tons of new and different people, that there are so many different kinds of people out there in the world and we all deserve to be treated the same and with the same respect.” Even with all her travels and the opportunities to share the stage with artist such as Adam Lambert and Karmin, Eryn is determined to be her own artist.
Even with an appreciation for performing alongside such “talented people, as she put it, “that’s how I like to look at it, not as I am sharing the stage with a famous singer, but people who just love doing the same thing.” Eryn only knows how to be herself and doesn’t try to be anyone else. With a mindset focused on accomplishment, Eryn has been able to create her own sound and image producing successful albums such as her 3rd EP, “Almost Famous” released digitally on November 6, 2014 and in stores January 2015. The album has been well received, selling over 3000 physical copies while touring last year within only a 3-month period and selling a lot more online.
Eryn declared, “I find my truest joy in knowing that my music can make other people happy as well as inspire them to love themselves for who they are.” She brings a fun and distinct fan base as diverse as herself known as the “Misfit Nation” with Misfit meaning “think different”. With a focus on producing music that touches all types of individuals, Eryn is currently working on her 4th EP/Album which “will really show her fans all of who she is as a person and an artist”. Eryn is an artist to keep an eye in in the near future as she’s poised to leave her mark in the industry.