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June Artist STAR-light - Erika Jo

Just a reminder: June will roll by, but Erika Jo will still be around. I will continue to update this page, so check back often! Enjoy!

Erika Jo

Who is she?
April 26, 2005 will always remain a special day in Erika Jo's life. The eighteen-year-old catapulted into national STARdom when she became the youngest winner ever on the USA Network's third season of Nashville Star. She was also the first female to win on the show. That's not to say it was an "overnight success" for her, though! Born in Texas, Erika Jo moved with her parents to Tennessee before she was two years old. At the age of four, Erika joined her father singing in a cover; soon she was criss-crossing the country juggling homework by the weekdays and gigs on the weekends. Since, she's been honing her vocal chops. Then came Nashville Star, in which her regional win secured her a spot on the national television show. With her win came a recording contract with Universal South where she released her debut album. Winning Nashville Star has afforded Erika Jo many invalueable experiences, including making her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Her first single "I Break Things" has just been released to radio and the video for it is now in rotation on GAC, VH-1 Country, and CMT!! There's no doubt that more big things are to come for Erika Jo!

Erika Jo

What has Erika been up to?
REQUEST "I Break Things" - Erika's debut single!! The video has also been added into rotation at GAC, VH-1 Country, and CMT, so REQUEST it be played frequently!!

Catch Erika out on the road with fellow Nashville Star finalists Jason Meadows, Jody Evans, and Jayron Weaver!! Log on to Erika's site to see when she'll be headed to YOUR town!!

Erika Jo’s self-titled debut CD debuted at #5 on Billboard's Country Album Chart and at #27 on the Hot 200 Album Chart (all genres), outselling Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Tim McGraw and Shania Twain, among others!! Since 2002, the only other new female artists to have a Top 5 sales debut on the Soundscan Country Chart were Gretchen Wilson and Miranda Lambert. A whopping 25 million American television viewers watched her win, week after week, on Nashville Star, and since March, Erika Jo has received over 6 million hits to her website!!

Erika at her senior prom
Erika Jo
with her date Jody Evans

Erika Jo graduates from
Erika Jo
Madison Central High School

Did y'all know?!
** Juggling school life with a music career is nothing new to Erika. The week before she took home the winning title on Nasville Star, she recorded "I Break Things" the song that would become her single should she win. That Saturday - only three days before the finale episode of Nasville Star, Erika attended her senior prom with fellow Nashville Star finalist and friend Jody Evans. A few weeks later, she graduated from high school!

** Erika Jo holds the distinction of being the youngest person ever to perform the National Anthem at famed University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena!!

Erika Jo

Where can I buy her music?
Pick up YOUR copy of Erika Jo's self-titled album by clicking on the CD cover!! (It includes her smashing single "I Break Things"!!)

Does she have an official site?
Sure! Make sure to check out for everything Erika Jo!!

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