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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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 U.S. Scouted by New Faces in America, he has happily coupled his first passion as a singer / songwriter with a successful modeling career. In Canada, X stands for Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Eric has appeared on CNN People In The News and The Oprah Winfrey Show. As the first letter of a postal code,

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      Born to an African American mother and a Puerto Rican father. In physics, the X-ray is a form of electromagnetic radiation. She travels with him. [Marie Claire Japan]. In photography X denotes exact time in flash synchronization. He hired his sister to be his personal assistant. In military science, X is the US Navy hull classification symbol for Submersible Craft. Eric has 2 siblings, an older brother and sister. x means 10 in Roman numbers.

      2005 Half | Life (Due spring 2005). x is the usual symbol for the variable represented on the horizontal axis (ordinate) in analytic geometry. 2001 "Can You Help Me" #1 Latin America. This usage can be traced back to the Arabic word ?ay 'thing' which was spelled with an initial x in Old Spanish or (according to other sources) an abbreviation of Latin causa which was the translation of Arabic š. 1996 "End Of The World" #6 Japan. Even though any letter can be used, x is the most common by far. x commonly represents an unknown variable.

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        . In gender XX denotes female in the XY sex-determination system. In genetics X denotes the X chromosome.
          . In games, X is representation for a cross in games like tic tac toe (naughts and crosses).

          In financial securities, X is the stock symbol for United States Steel Corporation. The X-Files was a popular 1990s American science fiction television series. X is the name of a 1928 German film; see X (film). Australia retains the X rating.

          The UK replaced the X rating with the 18 certificate. X is a rating given to films suitable for an adult-only audience; see X-rated. NC-17 has replaced the X rating in the US. In film

            . In American slang, X is often used as an abbreviation of ecstasy (MDMA), a synthetic drug.

            X also serves as other abbreviations, such as Xtal (Crystal), reXn (reaction), Xlation (translation), and SXSW (South by Southwest Festival). X is an abbreviation for cross in words like Xing (crossing), or to sign with a cross (often for illiteracy). (See Hugs and Kisses.). X is a symbol for a kiss, as in love notes.

            X is an abbreviation for Christ, as in Xmas (Christmas), X(t)ian (Christian), and Xianity (Christianity). In English,

              . In electrical engineering, X is the symbol for reactance. In French education, X is a nickname for the École Polytechnique.

              x is the repetition operator in Perl programming language. X is used as an abbreviation for the Apple operating system Mac OS X. The data transfer speed for 1X CDs is 153,600 bytes/second and one for 1X DVDs is 1,385,000 bytes/second (approximately 9.02 times faster). This usage is a corruption of the multiplication symbol ×.

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                . In clothing X is used as an abbreviation for extra, such as XXL for extra-extra-large or XM for extra-medium.

                In cabalistic philosophy X references both birth and death. In beverages, X is a symbol for an alcoholic proof of 50; multiple Xes indicate multiples of 50. In astronomy, Planet X is a hypothetical planet in the Solar System beyond the orbit of Pluto. In art X alludes to the infinite joy of creation.

                In anime, X is the title of a series based on the manga X/1999 (see X (anime)). It is also a prefix to experimental types of US military aircraft, for instance, the XB-70. In aeronautics, X is the designation given to an experimental aircraft of the US government, for instance, the X-1 rocketplane that first broke the sound barrier. Members of the Nation of Islam change their surnames to "X" to symbolize that their African names were lost in slavery, an example is Malcolm X.

                In a general sense, X represents an unknown or secret, as in project X or mister X.

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