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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The track is slated to debut in clubs sometime in early 2005 close to Eric's CD release. Each player cuts a single strand off of the net for themselves, commemorating their victory. West recently began working on a new song with producer and DJ, Galbis. As a tournament ritual, the winning team cuts down the net at the end of the game. 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. The four seeds play out the tournament through single eliminaton until a National Champion is crowned. Eric started work on his debut album Half Life due in early 2005. The eventual winners of the four regions then meet at the Final Four in a predetermined location.

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 teams are seeded from 1 to 16 in 4 regional groupings around the country. Eric told Teen People USA, "It was my way of showing Janet support after being blacklisted by so many media outlets". The 65 (including the 2 teams who compete in the play-in game) participating teams are announced by the selection committee on Selection Sunday, brackets. Which was a bold statement in regard to Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime controversy. During March Madness, many people enjoy predicting the outcome of the tournament. 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. Today, both the IHSA and NCAA license the term for their respective tournament.

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Artist Against Racism is an organization that also includes superstars like Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Sarah McLachlan, Mike Myers, Bush and Aerosmith. In England, the phrase March Madness may refer to wasteful spending at the end of a budget year. He signed a deal with Artist Against Racism to appear in their TV commercials in America. Disambiguation: "March Madness comes from the phrase 'Mad as a March Hare'. Eric once again disappeared until early 2004 but returned bigger than ever. Sixth round- 11 points for predicting National Champion. 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. Fifth round- 9 points per winning team.

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. Fourth round- 7 points per winning team. 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. Third round- 5 points per winning team. 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. Second round- 3 points per winning team. 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. First round- 1 point per winning team.

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. Scouted by New Faces in America, he has happily coupled his first passion as a singer / songwriter with a successful modeling career. Eric has appeared on CNN People In The News and The Oprah Winfrey Show. 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 West (born May 18, 1982 in New York, NY USA) is a pop singer and actor. [5] (http://www.myspace.com). From time to time Eric chats with his fans via the internet online community MySpace. 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.

Born to an African American mother and a Puerto Rican father. She travels with him. [Marie Claire Japan]. He hired his sister to be his personal assistant. Eric has 2 siblings, an older brother and sister.

2005 Half | Life (Due spring 2005). 2001 "Can You Help Me" #1 Latin America. 1996 "End Of The World" #6 Japan.

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