As part three in The Series: Creative Expressions of African American Culture, Eric Roberson brings his live tour to DeVos Performance Hall on Saturday, May 25th at 8:00 PM. Special guest is cellist Jordan Hamilton.
GRAMMY Award-nominee, singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson continues to break boundaries as an independent artist in an industry dominated by major labels, manufactured sounds and mainstream radio. Described as the original pioneer of the independent movement in R&B/soul music, Eric has achieved major milestones in his career, from being a successful songwriter and producer for notable artist such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, Vivian Green and countless others, as well as headlining sold out tours across the country.
Roberston became the first independent artist to be nominated for a BET Award in 2007 and was the recipient of the "Underground Arist of the Year" BETJ Virtual Award, with Rahsaan Patterson in 2008. In addition, Eric was nominated in both 2010 and 2011 for a GRAMMY award in the "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" category and continues to blaze trails unheard of as an independent artist. In 2011, his studio album, Mister Nice Guy, debuted in the Top 5 on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts and his 10th studio album, The Box, was released in 2014.
Jordan Hamilton, cellist of Last Gasp Collective and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, merges songwriting, loop pedals, sample machines, and vocals to create a sonic landscape of experimental hip-hop, folk, soul and classical music. The Western Michigan University graduate aims to find new ways for the cello, a traditional instrument, to relate to a modern audience where it can be found playing the music of Bach, the Beatles, or Chance the Rapper. Filled with an eclectic range of songs, Jordan's set is sure to capture the heart and mind whiel reflecting on new horizons.