Singer-Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, and Host
Erika was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, performing since a child and now a seasoned artist. She trained in many vocal styles ranging from R&B, Pop, Jazz, Funk, and Neo Soul. She began her professional career in 1990 touring with MCK and the Surfettes as a singer and dancer, with the Hit Single "Life's a Beach”. This song charted in Florida, California, and Hawaii.
This dynamic artist later moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she helped found the four female R&B group, X'CEL (which later became Ylation). Throughout her 8 years with this group, the group opened up for national artists such as Coolio , 112 , and Westside Connection, LL Cool J, DJ Rob Base and MC SHY D.
In 1999 she broke the charts with her group X’CEL with their original hit single “Baby Come Over”, charting in the Netherlands and Amsterdam. Later with her group “Ylation”. They decided to take on the live band music scene, playing at various popular local lounges and concerts in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Also performing in special events, like the Christmas Benefit for The Phoenix Cardinals. The talent doesn't stop there!
In 2003 she hosted and developed the First Soul Poetry Tour which featured poets from the Phoenix Arizona and St. Louis, Missouri. In the years to follow, she continued pursuing other music opportunities, now on her own as a solo artist, started a new band, and continue to play, out in the live music scene.
In 2011 Erika an original music artist, signed a marketing and distribution deal with Tate Music Group.
Now in 2014, is on her way to releasing her first album with Tate Music Group, "Southwest Romance". This artist is an original, with sensitive lyrics, treating each song with the attention and soul as if it is a personal relationship.
Erika Proctor, is a must see artist and a talented performer, and is still holding strong and capable of ‘rockin’ a crowd!
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The Rise of SWEET KONUNDRUM
Conundrum: ~A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer, a difficult choice or decision that must be made.....
"Initially, I decided on calling our band Sweet Konundrum, because at the time it seemed fitting based on the circumstances, decisions and sacrifices I had to make to be able to launch this vision. Fortunately, I have been blessed despite a few hurdles along the way. In my journey I soon discovered not only was Sweet Konundrum a band name, but truly the mission and vision statement of my music. This gives my work in music, an even deeper meaning and purpose than I had originally planned. So, as I look forward to the future, and want to thank all of you for your unwavering support!
I love you and the show will go on!"
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Created: March 7, 2016, 7:44 a.m.
Last Modified: June 9, 2016, 8:43 p.m.