Eric West

Mark Wahlberg and Singer/Actor Eric West pose together at MTV Video Music Awards September, 2000 Eric West Publicity Still, c. 2004.

Eric West (born May 18, 1982 in New York, NY USA) is a pop singer and actor. In 1996, he made his acting debut in Movies Money Murder; in 2004, he became one of the most exciting new faces to hit the international model scene, while two more movies followed, Lords of Dogtown, and a movie with pop idol Lindsay Lohan and Nick Cannon currently in production. Eric has appeared on CNN People In The News and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Scouted by New Faces in America, he has happily coupled his first passion as a singer / songwriter with a successful modeling career.

Eric started recording music at the age of 12 much like his uncle Grammy winner Smokey Robinson of Motown fame, in 1995 West released his debut single End Of The World in Asia, it achieved Top 10 status on the Tokyo Hot 100 singles chart, right before he turned 15 he had finished recording a full-length album that was never released. In the summer of 1998 Eric took his voice to radio, at age 16 he was the youngest DJ in history on FM radio in New York City, when he became a CO-host of the Top 9 at 9 on WBLS with radio diva JC Jordan.

Black Eyed Peas member Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) discovered Eric, and invited the then 15 year old to appear on stage with the Grammy nominee at a concert in New York City for Jane Magazine in 1996.

After nearly 3 years out of the spotlight Eric returned briefly in 2001 with Can You Help Me? his first single in over 5 years, produced by Stay-C Hogan and written by Eric West it became an international hit topping the B-Radio Latin American radio charts for 2 weeks, rivaling songs by Justin Timberlake and Madonna for the No. 1 spot, while hitting Top 5 in Chile, Bolivia and Mexico, rumors of an album being released floated around on the Internet, but were untrue at the time. In 2002 Eric got together with Grammy winning producers David Foster (Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston) and Carole Bayer Sager (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond) to write a song for Pop icon Cher for her forthcoming album.

Eric West singing "Can You Help Me" on Much Music USA's What's Hot For Fall, September 22, 2001

Eric once again disappeared until early 2004 but returned bigger than ever. He signed a deal with Artist Against Racism to appear in their TV commercials in America. Artist Against Racism is an organization that also includes superstars like Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Sarah McLachlan, Mike Myers, Bush and Aerosmith. He made his acting debut in the new show In My Lifetime directed by Devin Hampton and Little X who has directed music videos for Sean Paul, Usher, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and Nelly. Eric then received a top honor from the OCTN; he was awarded the Humanitarian Award : Youth Of The Millennium. He received the award for the charity work he's done in his community over the years. On September 21st, 2000 Eric joined Rich Cronin of the platinum selling band LFO, in Brooklyn, New York to help lead the Light The Night Walk with 12 year-old leukemia survivor Kimberly Thach, the Society's National Youth Ambassador. Eric, Rich and Kimberly lead approximately 1,000 leukemia survivors, friends, and family members carrying illuminated balloons over the Brooklyn Bridge to commemorate lives touched by cancer.

In 2004 Eric also appeared in his own fashion spread in Marie Clarie Japan. He was featured as one of fashion's top new models and singers, and that was just early 2004.

Eric West Publicity Still, c. 2004.

On August 28th, Eric made media headlines worldwide when he wore a "I Support Janet Jackson" T-shirt to the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. Which was a bold statement in regard to Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime controversy. Eric told Teen People USA, "It was my way of showing Janet support after being blacklisted by so many media outlets". The T-shirt earned mentions in the NY Daily News, New York Post, Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times to name a few. Janet Jackson and her fan club sent the singer a thank you message for his support.

Eric started work on his debut album Half Life due in early 2005. Eric was scheduled to tour the UK as opening act for European superstar Matt Goss famous for UK hits When Will I Be Famous, Try and I'm Coming With Ya, but the tour was canceled due to Goss' recent ill health.

West recently began working on a new song with producer and DJ, Galbis. The track is slated to debut in clubs sometime in early 2005 close to Eric's CD release.

As 2004 continued Eric's star continued to rise, as he became part of many Internet rumors and gossip columns, which included rumored fights with pop stars, Usher Raymond and Justin Timberlake, while according to sources in Eric's camp, the rumors are untrue, reports say West is good friends with the singers. [1] (http://www.pop-music.com/print.php?sid=1194)

Eric West CD Single Cover

Mid-Decemeber 2004 Eric found himself once again making headlines when he annouced on his official web site [2] (http://www.eric-west.com) that he finished work on a song titled "Wires," inspired by those whose lives have been touched by HIV and AIDS. [3] (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/prweb/20041223/bs_prweb/prweb191159_3)

Working on my album has been an amazing journey, a lot of it has been inspired by people, and more so life, recently, I wrote a song called "Wires," which is about HIV/AIDS, inspired by a few friends of mine who are going though situations that deal with HIV/AIDS. The singer also added, With my music, I don't want to compete with every other singer out there, but I want to make a difference in peoples lives, that matters to me, more so than selling millions of albums. I pray that I am able to changes lives or at least help to make them better, and I know it will be a risk to release a song about HIV/AIDS like "Wires," but I'm willing to take that chance.

On January 20, 2005 AOL Music [4] (http://music.channel.aol.com/artist/main.adp?tab=main&artistid=367254) announced it will premiere Eric's debut single from "Half | Life" towards the end of March, on Eric's official site, it states the LP's first single will be between "Half | Life" and a track titled "If I Only Knew", according to numerous websites the album will include songs called "Black Rose," "Wires," and "Underdog".


Hit singles

  • 1996 "End Of The World" #6 Japan
  • 2001 "Can You Help Me" #1 Latin America

Discography

  • 2005 Half | Life (Due spring 2005)

Trivia

  • Eric has 2 siblings, an older brother and sister. He hired his sister to be his personal assistant. She travels with him. [Marie Claire Japan]
  • Born to an African American mother and a Puerto Rican father.
  • In an interview with Germany's "Music Mix" Magazine, Eric West stated he would like to work with the likes of Eminem, Alicia Keys and Robbie Williams in the future.
  • From time to time Eric chats with his fans via the internet online community MySpace. [5] (http://www.myspace.com)

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. One track, "The Good Things," attributed to Terry and the Lovemen, was actually XTC themselves, using yet another pseudonym. On January 20, 2005 AOL Music [4] (http://music.channel.aol.com/artist/main.adp?tab=main&artistid=367254) announced it will premiere Eric's debut single from "Half | Life" towards the end of March, on Eric's official site, it states the LP's first single will be between "Half | Life" and a track titled "If I Only Knew", according to numerous websites the album will include songs called "Black Rose," "Wires," and "Underdog". The XTC tribute album A Testimonial Dinner was released in 1995. I pray that I am able to changes lives or at least help to make them better, and I know it will be a risk to release a song about HIV/AIDS like "Wires," but I'm willing to take that chance.. Adam Ant," an ironic tribute by They Might Be Giants, but did not appear on the track. Working on my album has been an amazing journey, a lot of it has been inspired by people, and more so life, recently, I wrote a song called "Wires," which is about HIV/AIDS, inspired by a few friends of mine who are going though situations that deal with HIV/AIDS. The singer also added, With my music, I don't want to compete with every other singer out there, but I want to make a difference in peoples lives, that matters to me, more so than selling millions of albums. They were mentioned in "XTC vs.

[3] (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/prweb/20041223/bs_prweb/prweb191159_3). A boxed CD compilation, Coat of Many Cupboards, was released in 2002. Mid-Decemeber 2004 Eric found himself once again making headlines when he annouced on his official web site [2] (http://www.eric-west.com) that he finished work on a song titled "Wires," inspired by those whose lives have been touched by HIV and AIDS. Colin Moulding declined to contribute his demos to the series. [1] (http://www.pop-music.com/print.php?sid=1194). Having left Virgin, relations have improved and Andy Partridge is releasing a series of albums of "demos" of his songs (mainly from the Virgin years) under the title of Fuzzy Warbles, on a new label imprint APE (Andy Partridge Experiments). As 2004 continued Eric's star continued to rise, as he became part of many Internet rumors and gossip columns, which included rumored fights with pop stars, Usher Raymond and Justin Timberlake, while according to sources in Eric's camp, the rumors are untrue, reports say West is good friends with the singers. Now in control of their own work and with their own small studio, they have released instrumental and demo versions of their first two albums on Idea, Apple Venus and Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2).

The track is slated to debut in clubs sometime in early 2005 close to Eric's CD release. Finally released from Virgin, they formed their own label, Idea Records. Dave Gregory left the band during the recording of the 1999 album Apple Venus Volume 1 after contributing to a few tracks, leaving just Partridge and Moulding in the group. West recently began working on a new song with producer and DJ, Galbis. The settlement of the accounts provided the group with much-needed cash flow, allowing Partridge and Moulding to install fully-equipped studios and work comfortably at home; they are now able to record the majority of their work themselves, although they have used major commercial studios (including Abbey Road Studios in London) for some sessions. Eric was scheduled to tour the UK as opening act for European superstar Matt Goss famous for UK hits When Will I Be Famous, Try and I'm Coming With Ya, but the tour was canceled due to Goss' recent ill health. After leaving Virgin, Partridge had their accounts audited and it was discovered that the company had withheld substantial royalty payments from them. Eric started work on his debut album Half Life due in early 2005. The band asked that Virgin either allow them to re-negotiate their contract or release them, but the label stalled for years until finally agreeing to released them after a change of management at the company.

The T-shirt earned mentions in the NY Daily News, New York Post, Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times to name a few. Janet Jackson and her fan club sent the singer a thank you message for his support. The final straw for the band was Virgin's scuttling of their 1992 single "Wrapped in Grey", which was pressed up in the tens of thousands, and then recalled and destroyed by the label. Eric told Teen People USA, "It was my way of showing Janet support after being blacklisted by so many media outlets". Management and contractual problems had dogged the band throughout their career, and around the time of the recording of Nonsuch they had to make a legal settlement with their former manager; although most fans assume that there was some financial impropriety involved, the terms of the settlement imposed a "gag" on the band and have prevented them from speaking publicly about the matter. Which was a bold statement in regard to Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime controversy. They issued no new material during this time, although two compilations were released: Upsy Daisy Assortment and the 2-CD set Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles Collection, which featured remastered versions of their singles, including many tracks not issued on CD before. On August 28th, Eric made media headlines worldwide when he wore a "I Support Janet Jackson" T-shirt to the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. Their 1992 album, Nonsuch, (named after Henry VIII's fabled palace) united them with famed UK producer Gus Dudgeon and drummer Dave Mattacks, but soon after its release a contractual dispute with their label, Virgin Records, saw XTC go "on strike" from 1992 through 1998, finally resulting in the termination of their contract.

He was featured as one of fashion's top new models and singers, and that was just early 2004. During their long career, XTC have also released material under a variety of pseudonyms, including two albums of psychedelic parodies as "The Dukes of Stratosphear" (released on a single CD, Chips from the Chocolate Fireball, simultaneous with the second album's vinyl release), a Viz comics promotional single as "Johnny Japes and his Jesticles," a Christmas-themed single as "The Three Wise Men" and a guest appearance on their own tribute album Testimonial Dinner as "Terry and the Lovemen." In 1979 Partridge also released a solo album of radical dub-oriented remixes of material from the Drums + Wires LP, credited to "Mr Partridge" and titled Takeaway: The Lure Of Salvage. In 2004 Eric also appeared in his own fashion spread in Marie Clarie Japan. The band's followup, Oranges & Lemons, was their biggest seller yet, with "Mayor of Simpleton" and "King for a Day" getting heavy airplay on MTV. Eric, Rich and Kimberly lead approximately 1,000 leukemia survivors, friends, and family members carrying illuminated balloons over the Brooklyn Bridge to commemorate lives touched by cancer. ("Dear God" replaced "Mermaid Smiled", which was absent from the album until it was finally reinstated for the remastered "Skylarking" CD in 2000.). On September 21st, 2000 Eric joined Rich Cronin of the platinum selling band LFO, in Brooklyn, New York to help lead the Light The Night Walk with 12 year-old leukemia survivor Kimberly Thach, the Society's National Youth Ambassador. Skylarking revived the band's commercial fortunes, earning critical accolades and spawning the controversial hit "Dear God", which was originally issued as the B-side of the album's first single, "Grass." Interest in the song saw the album re-pressed with "Dear God" included and the new version of the LP sold 250,000 copies in the USA.

He received the award for the charity work he's done in his community over the years. Partridge has since softened his view, describing the album as "a summer's day baked into one cake.". Eric then received a top honor from the OCTN; he was awarded the Humanitarian Award : Youth Of The Millennium. The two egos of Rundgren and Partridge clashed frequently during the recording of Skylarking and when it was finished Partridge said that he was not at all happy with the resulting product. Kelly and Nelly. This did not sit well with the band, Partridge in particular. He made his acting debut in the new show In My Lifetime directed by Devin Hampton and Little X who has directed music videos for Sean Paul, Usher, Alicia Keys, R. True to his "hands-on" studio production style, Rundgren insisted that everyone adhere to his scheme.

Artist Against Racism is an organization that also includes superstars like Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Sarah McLachlan, Mike Myers, Bush and Aerosmith. When the band got to Woodstock, Rundgren had already worked out a running order for both the recording and sequence of the album itself. He signed a deal with Artist Against Racism to appear in their TV commercials in America. Rundgren had insisted that the band send him, in advance, demos of all the songs that they thought they might tackle for the record. Eric once again disappeared until early 2004 but returned bigger than ever. Although the pairing of XTC and Rundgren was highly anticipated by fans, the sessions were less than enjoyable for the band. In 2002 Eric got together with Grammy winning producers David Foster (Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston) and Carole Bayer Sager (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond) to write a song for Pop icon Cher for her forthcoming album. In 1986, the band travelled to Todd Rundgren's studio-in-the-woods in Woodstock, New York to record what many consider to be the best album of their career, Skylarking.

1 spot, while hitting Top 5 in Chile, Bolivia and Mexico, rumors of an album being released floated around on the Internet, but were untrue at the time. Owen"). After nearly 3 years out of the spotlight Eric returned briefly in 2001 with Can You Help Me? his first single in over 5 years, produced by Stay-C Hogan and written by Eric West it became an international hit topping the B-Radio Latin American radio charts for 2 weeks, rivaling songs by Justin Timberlake and Madonna for the No. Rather than finding a replacement, XTC has used a series of session drummers over the years, including Peter Phipps, Prairie Prince, Dave Mattacks, Pat Mastelotto, Chuck Sabo, and Dave Gregory's brother, Ian Gregory (as "E.I.E.I. Black Eyed Peas member Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) discovered Eric, and invited the then 15 year old to appear on stage with the Grammy nominee at a concert in New York City for Jane Magazine in 1996. Another major factor was his burgeoning relationship with his Australian girlfriend--they subsequently married and Chambers migrated to Australia and settled in Newcastle, New South Wales. In the summer of 1998 Eric took his voice to radio, at age 16 he was the youngest DJ in history on FM radio in New York City, when he became a CO-host of the Top 9 at 9 on WBLS with radio diva JC Jordan. Chambers left the band shortly thereafter, unhappy with the confines of the studio, and also feeling the loss of income that resulted from their withdrawal from touring--he did not write, and so received no publishing royalties.

Eric started recording music at the age of 12 much like his uncle Grammy winner Smokey Robinson of Motown fame, in 1995 West released his debut single End Of The World in Asia, it achieved Top 10 status on the Tokyo Hot 100 singles chart, right before he turned 15 he had finished recording a full-length album that was never released. Since then, XTC has been almost exclusively a studio band, although they have given occasional live-to-air performances from radio stations. Scouted by New Faces in America, he has happily coupled his first passion as a singer / songwriter with a successful modeling career. The European and British dates were cancelled and after one show in San Diego the whole US leg was also abandoned. Eric has appeared on CNN People In The News and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Concerned about her husband's dependence on the drug, his wife ill-advisedly threw his tablets away just before the concert without seeking medical advice -- the result was, not surprisingly, anxiety attacks of such severity that it soon forced Partridge to withdraw from touring permanently. In 1996, he made his acting debut in Movies Money Murder; in 2004, he became one of the most exciting new faces to hit the international model scene, while two more movies followed, Lords of Dogtown, and a movie with pop idol Lindsay Lohan and Nick Cannon currently in production. The breakdown, accompanied by uncontrollable stage fright, was reportedly precipitated by Partridge's wife throwing away his supply of Valium. According to the band's biography, Andy had become dependent upon the drug after it was prescribed to him as a teenager during his parents' divorce, but it had never been withdrawn.

Eric West (born May 18, 1982 in New York, NY USA) is a pop singer and actor. Just after its release and at the peak of their popularity, the band embarked on a major tour, but Partridge suffered a breakdown on stage during one of the first concerts of the tour in Paris on March 18, 1982. [5] (http://www.myspace.com). XTC's last major hit in the touring phase of their career was "Senses Working Overtime," the first single from their brilliant double album English Settlement and a Top 20 hit in the UK in 1982. From time to time Eric chats with his fans via the internet online community MySpace. Other hits from this era include the non-LP single "Life Begins at the Hop" and singles lifted from Black Sea--"Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)" and "Generals & Majors." The promotional clip for the latter single (written by Colin Moulding) features an cameo appearance by the then owner of Virgin Records, Richard Branson. In an interview with Germany's "Music Mix" Magazine, Eric West stated he would like to work with the likes of Eminem, Alicia Keys and Robbie Williams in the future. The album showcased a flawless set of classic power-pop that included enduring XTC favourites including "Rocket From A Bottle," "No Language In Our Lungs," and "Towers Of London"; the strong material was greatly enhanced by more superb production and engineering by Lillywhite and Padgham.

Born to an African American mother and a Puerto Rican father. Their 1980 LP, Black Sea, saw the band's new sound and style come together with superb results. She travels with him. [Marie Claire Japan]. The studio was at the time much sought after for its highly reverberant "live" drum room, and it was greatly favoured by their producer of the time, Steve Lillywhite and his engineer Hugh Padgham, who also recorded successful albums there with Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. He hired his sister to be his personal assistant. It also saw them finding the basis of a new sound for the group and marked their first sessions at London's celebrated Townhouse Studios. Eric has 2 siblings, an older brother and sister. The resulting album, Drums and Wires, produced the band's first big hit, "Making Plans for Nigel", which caused a minor controversy because of its lyrical reference to British Steel.

2005 Half | Life (Due spring 2005). The loss of Andrews' keyboard madness started the band on a path towards more traditional guitar power-pop, although Gregory also contributed occasional keyboards (and later, string arrangements). 2001 "Can You Help Me" #1 Latin America. Andrews went on to form Shriekback and he also worked with Robert Fripp's League of Gentlemen. 1996 "End Of The World" #6 Japan. After their second effort, Go2, Andrews left and was replaced by guitarist Dave Gregory. By the time of the punk explosion in 1977, the group's lineup had been filled out by Barry Andrews (keyboards) and Terry Chambers (drums), and the band got picked up by Virgin Records. They recorded the 3D EP later that year, and followed it up with White Music in January 1978.

First coming together in 1972, the core duo of Andy Partridge (guitars, vocals) and Colin Moulding (bass, vocals) went through various band names and personnel changes over the next five years as they built up their unique brand of hyperactive pop spiked with funk, punk, ska, reggae, and art rock. (The name of the band predates the use of "XTC" as a drug term.). They are considered the forefathers of the Britpop movement of the 1980s and are one of the most influential bands still working today. XTC is an innovative new wave band from Swindon, UK.

For the energy drink, see XTC (drink).. For the drug, see Ecstasy. Voice of the Beehive. The Woodentops.

The Residents. The Lilac Time. L'Affaire Louis Trio. The following bands have worked with members of XTC:

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    David Yazbek. Jennifer Trynin. Saeko Suzuki. Ryuichi Sakamoto.

    Hugh Padgham. Todd Rundgren. Martin Newell. Aimee Mann.

    Steve Lillywhite. Peter Gabriel. Thomas Dolby. Captain Sensible.

    Harold Budd. Peter Blegvad. Joan Armatrading. The following artists have worked with members of XTC:

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      both of the above compiled as: Chips from the Chocolate Fireball (CD only, 1987). Psonic Psunspot (vinyl only, 1987). 25 O'Clock (vinyl only 12" EP, 1985). 3D (1977).

      Tunes to Help You Breathe More Easily (Recording rumoured to be in progress. Scheduled release date unknown). Coat of Many Cupboards (2002). Homegrown (2001). Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) (2000).

      Homespun (1999). Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999). Fossil Fuel: The Singles (1992). Nonsuch (1992).

      Rag and Bone Buffet (1991). Oranges and Lemons (album) (1989). Skylarking (1986). The Big Express (1984).

      Mummer (1983). English Settlement (1982). Black Sea (1980). Drums And Wires (1979).

      Go 2 (1978). White Music (1978).

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