Erika Luckett

Erika Luckett

BandWorldSinger/Songwriter

Igniting Hearts Across The Global Frontier. Part World, part Jazz, part pop...all heart. Her album, "Unexpected" was awarded ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2006 by JPF, the world’s largest music organization which reviewed over 25,500 albums from 100 countries before bestowing the honor!

Biography

"IGNITING HEARTS ACROSS THE GLOBAL FRONTIER" - Erika Luckett creates a powerful expression of world-inspired music. Poetic and sensual, her voice conveys lyrical depth, and her fiery, innovative guitar playing creates an orchestra of sound with only six strings. Performing Songwriter magazine introduces her this way: "To be blessed with prolific songwriting skills and a captivating voice is one thing. But to absolutely master an instrument on top of that is indeed an enormous accomplishment.”

Erika grew up in a fluid current of culture, savoring the richness of the Amazon, the urban rhythms of Sao Paulo, and the percolating warmth of the Caribbean. As a teenager she made her way to France, playing in the subways where her own concoction of Folk/Latin/Jazz/Pop echoed in the underground. She spoke three languages by the time she was eight, four by the time she was fifteen. Language was just another form of music and music was the clearest expression for the contents of her heart. Separating and categorizing makes no sense to someone who was steeped in the richness of the world’s stew. Nursed on Brazilian Bossa Nova, a slew of Latin styles and North American songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Bill Withers and Cole Porter, Erika Luckett stitches together an expression of color and texture that makes its home into the heart of most listeners.

Distinctions between styles fade beneath the undeniable talent and raw passion that distinguishes Erika's music. Whether singing in English, Spanish, French, Italian or Portuguese, with lyrics that capture the intimacy of our human experience and melodies that make distant lands feel like home, her songs invite the listener into terrain that is both vast and familiar. Her energetic exchange transcends the power of sound and penetrates the hearts of her wide-reaching fan base. Some listeners have likened the experience to being “struck by a bolt of goodness” and feeling like they have taken an inspired trip to a “mental spa”. Others claim she has taken them on a “trip around the world, and a trip around the soul”.

Not only has she captivated the hearts of her audiences, Ms. Luckett has also captured attention from the critic's circle. Erika has been honored as “One of the 100 Most Outstanding Women of the Year” (along with Queen Elizabeth, Oprah Winfrey, and Madonna) by Modern Women Today magazine, her music has earned a slew of awards including: Best Album of the Year (2006 -“Unexpected”-JPF Music Awards), and Best International Album (2006 - “Unexpected”- World Art Celebrities Journal), Best Independent Release of the Year (2003 - “My Little Crime”-Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Best Jazz Vocal Album (2003 - “My Little Crime” -JPF Music Awards).

While her recordings have received national and international recognition, the best way to experience Erika’s music is live. To encounter the wonder of Erika Luckett live is to transcend “music as usual”.

Lyrics

Deixa

Written By: Erika Luckett

DEIXA
(Let Go)

What happens to the leaves that burn to gold
and fall from vibrant green?
Do they long for what they were or do they let go?
They just let go
Doing cartwheels in the sky
they let go
watching branches pass them by
they let go, let go

The clouds that hang with gray
what do they do when they dissolve to rain?
a thousand drops of sighs that let go
They just let go
a million times reflected
they let go
each one perfectly selected
they let go, let go

Deixa, deixou porque nada fica igual
deixa, deixou
Deixa, deixou porque nada fica igual
deixa, deixou

Crashing waves bursting in foam
rise and fall
the rolling walls of water blue
that let go
they just let go
It’s the breathing of the ocean
They let go
breathing, breathing…

Deixa, deixou porque nada fica igual
deixa, deixou
Deixa, deixou porque nada fica igual
deixa, deixou

Une Profonde Douceur

Written By: Erika Luckett

Une profonde douceur
je trouverai en toi
Tes os fragiles je tiendrai dans mes tendres bras.
Je serai avec toi, lá dans le calme silence
rempli de pleurs qui crient et de pleurs qui chantent
Avec pour certitude, la bousole du coeur, je marcherai avec toi sans peur du lendemain.

(translation)
I’ll find your deepest deep wrapped in your softest soft
I’ll curl my hands around your fragile bones and jagged rocks
I’ll hold you there in the quiet still
with cries that won’t and cries that will
with steady feet and a compass true
I promise I will walk this road with you.

Si Volvera

Written By: Erika Luckett

Si Volverá

Se sienta al lado de la ventana , un cielo pesado y gris
pinta con Amarillo y rojo para sentirse feliz.
Una mesa, dos sillas, un hombre perdido dentro de una casa vacía

(He sits next to a window, the sky heavy and gray
He paints with yellow and red to help him feel happy.
A table, two chairs and a man lost inside an empty house)

No sabe si volverá, si volverá nadie podra decir si ella volverá.
Si volvera, , si volverá nadie podra decir si ella volverá.

(He doesn’t know if she’ll come back, if she’ll come back
No one can say if she’ll come back.)

Pinta su sonrisa, sus ojos y el cuento que se perdió
el cuento de un hombre enamorado y la mujer que lo dejó
Día y noche, noche y día acaricia con su pincel a la mujer perdida

(He paints her smile, her eyes, and the story that was lost
The story of a man in love and the woman who left him.
Day and night, night and day, y caresses her with his paintbrush.)

No sabe si volverá, si volverá nadie podra decir si ella volverá.
Si volvera, , si volverá nadie podra decir si ella volverá.

(He doesn’t know if she’ll come back, if she’ll come back
No one can say if she’ll come back.)

No sabe si volverá, si volverá nadie podra decir si ella volverá.

Shine

Written By: Erika Luckett

The earth darked out the moon
in a circumstantial cross of lines
Some say it came too soon
while others swear it happened just in time.

The sun watched the show from afar
and it did what it does…it’s a star
Shine, shine, shine
Shine, shine, shine

Spinning spheres and shadows tossed
making sense of this senseless loss
I saw you looming bright when the big moon faded
in the dead of night

With darkness closing my eyes I could see
who you are…you’re a Star
Shine, shine, shine
shine, shine, shine,
shine, shine, shine

Sometimes it happens just that way
maybe you’re lost or maybe you’ve strayed
you’ve fallen in the shadows
you’ve fallen from view
but you’ve gotta know, you’ve gotta know
someone’s shining for you

You shine, I shine, We shine
You shine, I shine, We shine
You shine, I shine, We shine

Take It Easy

Written By: Erika Luckett

We can go out to the ocean, sit along the shore
watch the waves crashing
then watch them crash some more
We can hear the seagulls cry
We can see the seagulls soar
So come on, baby

We can hang out on the porch, watch the sun go down
We can hear the hush of quiet settle over town
We can feel the mist of dew blanketing the ground
So come on, baby
Let’s take it easy

No need to rush
no need to get complicated
we’ll breath in the sweetness of the groove that we’ve created.
Take it easy, take it easy

We can head out for a walk on a crowded avenue
We can feel the roar of traffic and know just what to do
Cause in this crazy, crazy world
you’ve got me and I’ve got you
So come on, baby
Let’s take it easy

Move slow
make it real
oh, darling, I like how this feels
Take it easy, take it easy
Take it easy, take it easy

Siete Rios

Written By: Erika Luckett

Caminando, Caminando Voy 2X
(Walking, walking on I go)

Detrás de la mañana, detrás del sol detrás de los cuatro vientos hay una pasión
susurrando noche y día siete llaves en la voz, y me pregunta adonde voy , adonde voy.

(Behind the morning, behind the sun
behind the four winds there’s a passion with seven keys in its voice
that whispers to me night and day and asks me where I’m going. )

Siete ríos llevan a siete mares y siete mares son mi destino. En la mano tengo las siete llaves que abrirán las puertas en mi camino. Algunas de piedra y otras hedchas de carton y me pregunto, ¿cuales son, cuales son?
(Seven rivers lead to seven seas and seven seas are my destiny.
In my hand I carry the keys that will open the doors along my path.
Some of those doors are made of stone and others of paper. I wonder, “which one is which”?)

Caminando, Caminando Voy 2X
(Walking, walking I go)

Caminos abiertos, posibilidades y encuentros.
Luz y la esperanza, el riesgo y la confianza
Caminando, caminando voy.
(Open roads, possibilities and encounters
Light and hope, risk and confidence
Walking, walking on I go.)

Yo no sé pero me dicen que habrán paredes por mi camino...algunas de piedra y otras hechas de carton,y me pregunto, ¿cuales son, cuales son?

(I don’t know but they tell me that there will be walls along my path
Some of them of stone, others of paper and I ask myself, which one is which?)

Detrás de la mañana, detrás del sol detrás de los cuatro vientos hay una pasión
susurrando noche y día siete llaves en la voz, y me pregunta adonde voy , adonde voy.

(Behind the morning, behind the sun
behind the four winds there’s a passion with seven keys in its voice
that whispers to me night and day and asks me where I’m going.)

Caminando, Caminando Voy 2X
(Walking, walking on I go)

Awe

Written By: Erika Luckett

Certainty is like clutching what you know inside your fist
like there's no room to question what might loom beyond your wrist
It's the comfort of right angles, the ease of solid lines
it's the emptiness of a lonely box and the space that it defines.

There were times in school when I had fun with the exactness of the game
thinking I would know a flower once I could say its Latin name.
Like names and addresses, dates of birth could readily explain
why some people crave the sun while others love the rain

Holding the mystery
Step into the river and feel eternity
As the sun will rise and the rain will fall,
may I begin each day with gratitude and awe.

If I could define
in this vast design what was possible or real
I´d never see the desert turn to water or the ocean turn to steel
But I´ve seen those wonders many times and each time I recall
the wonder, the wonder, the wonder of it all.

Holding the mystery
Step into the river and feel eternity
As the sun will rise and the rain will fall,
may I begin each day in gratitude and awe.

If we're not in awe we're not paying attention
If we're not in awe we're not paying attention…

Inside every one of us
contained in each square inch of blood there are 75 billion cells
75 billion cells contained within each square inch of blood
functioning on our behalf so that we may simply be….
I think of that as a conspiracy, a conspiracy of life.

And since I´m being a bit reflective I'd like to add to this human/life perspective:

If we took every cell phone on the planet, every telephone line on the globe and registered
the conversations conveyed,
the trillions of messages relayed
the entire system would still not approximate the complexity or functionality of a single
human brain…

It´s just another way of trying to portray the miraculous privilege we have of playing this human game.

Holding the mystery
Step into the river and feel eternity
As the sun will rise and the rain will fall,
may I begin each day in gratitude and awe.

Dust

Written By: Erika Luckett/Amy Hutto

DUST
It’s like stepping off a hundred foot pole
it’s like holding your breath, holding your breath
then letting go.

It’s like giving in to the bottom giving out
it’s like giving up, giving up
precious doubt.

How does it feel skipping rope with your fears
laughing as you fall
can you see it all intertwined,
tangled vines
twisted lines

We are handfuls of dust. We are pieces of sky
We are thundering silence answering why we are.

We are zeros, we are ones
we’re everything, everything and everyone
We are silence, we are storms
We die and we are born
we’re emptiness, we are form

We are handfuls of dust. We are pieces of sky
We are thundering silence answering why we are.
we’re gods in ruins, gods in the making, we are…

Discography

Yaxche Live - 2006
Unexpected - 2005
The New Orleans Sessions - 2003
My Little Crime - 2002
Tinted Glass - 2001