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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[3] (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/prweb/20041223/bs_prweb/prweb191159_3). Besides her awards gained during her solo performing years, Beyoncé also has a host of other awards with Destiny's Child. 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. She's not sexy, she hasn't got a great body and she's not a great singer." He went on to defend Ashlee Simpson, something even the paper's editors found outrageous. [1] (http://www.pop-music.com/print.php?sid=1194). "I find the whole Beyoncé thing really mystifying. 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. Simon Cowell, CEO of the BMG publishing house has openly criticized Beyoncé Knowles in the January 2005 edition of Esquire magazine.

The track is slated to debut in clubs sometime in early 2005 close to Eric's CD release. She is also set to play Deena Jones in the adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, set for release in 2006. West recently began working on a new song with producer and DJ, Galbis. The film is scheduled for release in 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. Beyoncé is currently in post-production for The Pink Panther in which she plays role of Xania, appearing opposite Steve Martin who plays Inspector Clouseau. Eric started work on his debut album Half Life due in early 2005. In a Universal Music poll conducted in 2004, Beyoncé beat out Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to be crowned the "Princess of Pop".

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. Both have also made the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Eric told Teen People USA, "It was my way of showing Janet support after being blacklisted by so many media outlets". Fresh off the success of "Baby Boy", Beyoncé released her third solo single, "Me Myself And I" towards the end of 2003; Dangerously In Love's fourth single, "Naughty Girl", came out in mid-2004. Which was a bold statement in regard to Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime controversy. The same year, Beyoncé was Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher just couple minutes after ruining Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood. 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. Unlike Beyoncé's own singles, the song did not become popular, although the movie was a moderate success.

He was featured as one of fashion's top new models and singers, and that was just early 2004. and recorded a song for it called "Fighting Temptation", with rappers Missy Elliott, Free, and MC Lyte. In 2004 Eric also appeared in his own fashion spread in Marie Clarie Japan. Around the same time, Beyoncé starred in the movie The Fighting Temptations opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. 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. It, too, went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2003, dominating radio airplay for the fall of 2003. 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. Towards the end of the summer, "Baby Boy", Dangerously In Love's second single, which featured reggae star Sean Paul, began to climb the charts.

He received the award for the charity work he's done in his community over the years. "The way the world is now, who cares?" said Chapman Grant, "who knows? If the old guy were alive, he might have enjoyed it.". Eric then received a top honor from the OCTN; he was awarded the Humanitarian Award : Youth Of The Millennium. President Grant's great-grandsons Ulysses Grant Dietz and Chapman Foster Grant, spoke up on Knowles' behalf. Kelly and Nelly. Grant. 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. On the televised celebration of July 4 in 2003, Beyoncé came under controversy from the Grant Memorial Association for her performance of "Crazy In Love", in which she danced in a "patently inappropriate" way on the steps of the tomb of President Ulysses S.

Artist Against Racism is an organization that also includes superstars like Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Sarah McLachlan, Mike Myers, Bush and Aerosmith. When single and album simultaneously topped the pop charts in both the US and the UK, she became the first act to achieve this feat since Men At Work in 1983 - in the '60s and '70s, it was performed by the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Rod Stewart. He signed a deal with Artist Against Racism to appear in their TV commercials in America. This album has sold in excess of 6 million copies worldwide. Eric once again disappeared until early 2004 but returned bigger than ever. Dangerously In Love went to the top of the album charts in the UK and Canada, as well as on both the American pop (Billboard 200) and R&B charts. 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. Its first single, "Crazy In Love", featured a propulsive riff and a guest rap from Jay-Z and rapidly became one of the biggest hits of that summer, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for ten weeks.

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 2003, Beyoncé released her debut solo album Dangerously In Love. 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. The song was included both on her debut solo album and on Luther's Dance With My Father set, and they shared the Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. 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. In this version, the vocal parts are flipped around, with Luther taking Roberta's part and Beyoncé taking Donny's. 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. In the spring of 2003, Beyoncé remade a duet with Luther Vandross, called "The Closer I Get To You", originally performed by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway.

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. The couple are engaged, and current rumours say that they will marry soon. Scouted by New Faces in America, he has happily coupled his first passion as a singer / songwriter with a successful modeling career. During the fall of 2002, Beyoncé was the featured vocalist on Jay-Z's smash single, "'03 Bonnie And Clyde". Eric has appeared on CNN People In The News and The Oprah Winfrey Show. "Work It Out" was a top 10 hit in the UK and a top 40 hit in the Netherlands, Australia, and Ireland, despite being Beyoncé's biggest flop to date in her home country; in America, radio barely played the song and the video received very minor exposure, only on digital video channels, MTV Jams and VH1 Soul. 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. She also recorded a song entitled "Work It Out", for the movie soundtrack.

Eric West (born May 18, 1982 in New York, NY USA) is a pop singer and actor. The movie is in The Guinness Book of World Records as the Highest Box Office Comedy Film gross . [5] (http://www.myspace.com). In the summer of 2002, Beyoncé co-starred in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember opposite Mike Myers' role of Austin Powers, as Foxxy Cleopatra. From time to time Eric chats with his fans via the internet online community MySpace. Beyoncé then turned to acting, starring alongside Mekhi Phifer in the MTV TV movie Carmen: A Hip Hopera without any previous training.This movie was the modern day equivalent to the 1954 musical Carmen which starred Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge. 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. She is the first African American woman and the second woman of any race to win the award.

Born to an African American mother and a Puerto Rican father. In 2001, Beyoncé won the Songwriter of the Year award, from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Pop Music Awards. She travels with him. [Marie Claire Japan]. [1] (http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/13/music.destinys.child.ap/index.html). He hired his sister to be his personal assistant. On June 13, 2005, it was announced the group will disband after their world tour ends in the fall of 2005. Eric has 2 siblings, an older brother and sister. "Lose My Breath", "Soldier" and "Girl" all of these reached the top 10 Billboard album and singles charts respectively.

2005 Half | Life (Due spring 2005). After Langford's arrest, safety seemed apparent and the release of Destiny Fulfilled went through. 2001 "Can You Help Me" #1 Latin America. Langford continued the threats, until her arrest on August 23, 2004 in home in San Diego home. 1996 "End Of The World" #6 Japan. Primarily aimed at Beyoncé, the threats caused major setbacks for the group. In 2004, the group began receiving threats from an obsessed fan from San Diego, California named LaToya Langford.

The album's fourth and final single, "Emotions", was a cover of the Bee Gees hit of the same name; it continued the group's impressive string of top ten hits. The title track "Survivor" would win the band their second Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. "Independent Women" (Part 1) had been the theme song for Charlie's Angels in late 2000, prior to the album's 2001 release. Two singles from the album went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100: "Independent Women" (Part 1) and "Bootylicious", with the album's title track reaching number 2.

The next album, Survivor, proved to be another smash, going to number one on both the American Billboard 200 and R&B Albums charts, and on the Canadian album chart, as well as being generally successful around the world. ("Bug-A-Boo" and "Jumpin' Jumpin'" were also popular singles off the album.) "Say My Name" won two awards at the 2001 Grammys for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best R&B Song, the latter of which was awarded to the songwriters, which included Beyoncé herself. Destiny Child's second album The Writing's On The Wall released in 1999 featured two number one hits in "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name". The album itself also went platinum.

The group's self-titled album, released in 1998, was produced by Wyclef Jean and Jermaine Dupri and featured the platinum-selling, number one Hot 100 single "No, No, No". The group has currently returned from a hiatus since 2001, when its three current members, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams, each decided to temporarily pursue solo careers. Beyoncé is the main songwriter for the group and is generally regarded as its leader. The band is managed by her father, Matthew Knowles, who is acknowledged as a strong force in Beyoncé's life.

Beyoncé and Destiny's Child toured as an opening act for both Christina Aguilera and TLC before their first album, also called Destiny's Child. As a teen, she attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, where she honed her musical talents. Beyoncé has won five Grammy Awards for her solo work and three as a member of Destiny's Child. The album has spawned four top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including "Crazy In Love" featuring boyfriend Jay-Z, "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul, "Me Myself & I", and "Naughty Girl" all of which were back-to-back multi-week number ones on said chart during last summer and fall.

Her debut solo album, 2003's Dangerously In Love, topped both the R&B and pop charts in America, as well as the main album charts in Canada and the UK. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles is usually referred to by only her first name, Beyoncé, which is now her stage name, but has come to be called "Beyoncé Knowles" by many in the media. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, (born September 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas) is an African-American R&B singer, actress, and chief songwriter and producer in the group Destiny's Child. Vocal range: 3.5 octaves (C3-F6).

Lowest notes: C3,. Highest notes: C6, D6 possibly F6. Voice type: Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano. Destiny Fulfilled (2004; in Destiny's Child) #2 U.S. 3+ million.

#1 UK 4+ million. Dangerously in Love (2003; solo) #1 U.S. Survivor (album) (2001; in Destiny's Child) #1 U.S. #1 UK 4+ million. The Writing's On The Wall (1999; in Destiny's Child) 9+ million.

Destiny's Child (album) (1998; in Destiny's Child) 1+ million. McDonalds. Tommy Hilfiger. L'Oreal.

Pepsi. Dreamgirls (2006) (currently in pre-production). The Pink Panther (2005) (currently in post-production). Fade to Black (2004) (documentary).

The Fighting Temptations (2003). Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Entertainer of the Year: 2004. NAACP Image Awards

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    Award for "Entertainer of the Year" - Female: 2004. The Sammy Davis, Jr. Best Female R&B/Soul Album(Dangerously in Love): 2004;. Soul Train Music Awards

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      New R&B Artist: 2003. Hot 100 Award for Most Weeks at No.1: 2003;. Hot 100 Female Artist: 2003;. New Female Artist: 2003;.

      Billboard Music Awards

        . Most stylish Artist. Coolest Collabo("Crazy in Love"): 2003;. Vibe Award
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          TRL's First Lady Award: 2004. TRL Awards

            . Favorite Female Performer: 2004. People's Choice Award
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              Artist of the Year-Top 40 Radio: 2004. Radio Music Awards

                . Best Collaboration("Crazy in Love"): 2004. Best Female R&B Artist: 2004;.

                BET Awards

                  . Big Entertainer:2003. VH1 Awards
                    . London's Favorite International Solo Artist.

                    Capital Awards

                      . Best Song of the Year("Crazy in Love"): 2003. Best R&B Award: 2003;. MTV Europe Music Awards
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                        Best Female Video("Naughty Girl"): 2004. Best Choreography("Crazy in Love"): 2003;. Best R&B Video("Crazy in Love"): 2003;. Best Female Video("Crazy in Love"): 2003;.

                        MTV Video Music Award

                          . Pop Songwriter of the Year: 2001. ASCAP Pop Music Awards
                            . Best International Female Artist, 2004.

                            Brit Awards

                              . Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Crazy In Love" with Jay-Z. Best Contemporary R&B Album for "Dangerously In Love"; and. Best R&B Song for "Crazy In Love" with Jay-Z;.

                              Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for her duet with Luther Vandross for "The Closer I Get To You";. Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Dangerously In Love 2";. Grammy Awards-2004

                                . 2004: "Naughty Girl" - #3 US; #2 CAN; #10 UK.

                                2003: "Me, Myself And I" - #4 US; #11 CAN; #11 UK. 2003: "Baby Boy" (featuring Sean Paul) - #1 US (9 weeks); #1 CAN (2 weeks); #2 UK. 2003: "Crazy in Love" (featuring Jay-Z) - #1 US (8 weeks); #1 CAN (2 weeks); #1 UK (3 weeks).

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