As a singer, songwriter, DJ, emcee, bandleader and electric live entertainer, Erika Van Pelt has made her mark on the New England music scene for over two decades. Van Pelt’s sultry, gritty alto voice captured the hearts of millions on the 11th season of American Idol in 2012. Erika soared through to the Top 10, which lead to a 46-city worldwide arena tour. When the Idols LIVE! Tour wrapped in the fall of 2012, EVP went straight to work on her debut album. Van Pelt’s 11-track debut ‘My Independence’ was released in October of 2013. Erika’s critically acclaimed debut album received nominations for “Record of the Year”, and "Indie Artist of the Year” at the New England Music Awards.
Van Pelt has performed on The Tonight Show, and shared the stage and studio with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Chaka Khan, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Lana Del Rey, Daughtry, James Taylor, Diana Ross, Kristen Chenoweth, Martin Short, The Staples Singers, Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Holiday, Neil Young, Darren Criss, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Maroon 5, and many more.
Amidst facing the challenges of being an independent artist in the post-pandemic landscape of the music industry, Erika is creatively inspired more than ever. Armed with an album's worth of brand new songs that reflect her musical and personal growth in the past decade, a newfound appreciation for all that is sacred in the world of making music, Erika hopes to release her much anticipated sophomore record in 2022.
VERY SEXY, VERY SURE OF YOURSELF. A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH.
- STEVEN TYLER (2012)
YOUR TONE IS LIKE STEAK AND POTATOES.
- MARY J. BLIGE (2012)
ERIKA VAN PELT BRINGS PLENTY OF SOUFUL STYLE AND INTELLIGENCE TO EVERYTHING SHE SINGS.
- THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL (2013)