LA-based singer-songwriter Erika Levy is trained in classical piano and has been writing music since childhood, where she would perform for her stuffed animals in her bedroom. Her world cracked open when she discovered how the most puzzling of feelings could be expressed so clearly through the ever-present melodies and phrases spinning inside her head.
After a heart-wrenching divorce in 2018, she felt compelled to re-examine her life and decided to go after what had always been calling her.
So Levy chose to head east, where she dove headfirst into the New York City music scene. She was a regular at the Sidewalk Cafe and spent many late nights singing her songs to a room full of clanking glasses and eclectic strangers.
Her songwriting sense and dynamic voice have been compared to Joni Mitchell and Fiona Apple with a lean toward 70s folk-pop in her full band arrangements.
Levy pulls from the human experience, investigating themes of love, betrayal, and self-examination, but always with tender strength, and a vulnerability that captivates her audience. The idea of duality appears in much of her songwriting leaving the line blurred between grief and joy. Her unapologetic emotions wrought from the most painful memories are transmuted into beautiful, melodic storytelling that stays with you long after the last note.
In the Spring of 2022, she released her debut EP “The Bedstuy Tapes,” a collection of demos she recorded to tape in a studio apartment off the M train in Brooklyn. The recordings are raw and confessional. It captures the hypnotic qualities of her live performances, a significant feat for a solo singer, and her piano.