Thursday, October 20, 2011
Holly Springs singer signs with Tate Music
By SUE WATSON
A Holly Springs gospel music writer, singer and producer just inked a contract with Tate Music Group to distribute a new CD.
At 47, the musical career of Eric Craine may be marching on. His album, “Press On Hold On,” was released October 4. He signed with Tate Music February 10.
Craine grew up in Holly Springs, where his musical roots were put down as a part of the Holly Springs High School marching band.
His musical interest is in mainstream gospel. Tate will help market his work.
He is the son of Addean Anderson Cannon of Holly Springs and he lives on Rising Star Road, a good place to live if you are a rising star.
Craine began singing at about age 30. He started singing in church and learned instruments at Grambling State University, where he was in the marching band. He graduated from Holly High and he was president of the marching band his senior year.
“They are going to be excited to see this happen,” he said of his fans and mentors. “A lot of them have been waiting.”
Craine said he has produced four albums for different groups in addition to his own. He describes his music as “soulful, jazzy, funk-type gospel.”
This may be the break Craine has dreamed of. He was told by the owner of Tate Music that the company looks at about 5,000 CDs a year and produces less than 2 percent of those they sign with.
Other artists who have been marketed by Tate Music include Lee Greenwood, singer of “God Bless the USA” and “Proud to Be an American.”
Craine has about 200 copywrited songs. He owns the company he formed, Yeshua Records, and his publishing company is God Is Love. He is a member of Rising Star MB Church and First Evangelical Church in Memphis, Tenn.
He has traveled about, spending time in Boston, Mass., and elsewhere before coming home in 1994 to work and pursue his dreams.
He sometimes plays bass guitar with the David Kimbrough, Duwayne Burnside and Elvis Campbell bands. He played with Elvis Campbell on the first Bikers Night Out in Blues Alley this year.
Rust College has spotlighted his music on the P.T. Boga hour, and Craine said he appreciates the musical support and mentoring he has received from the college, especially from Dr. Sy Oliver, chair of humanities.
“Dr. Sy Oliver is my main influence,” Craine said, “supporting my growth and direction. Richard Evans of Boston, Mass., is another mentor who taught me how to produce.”
Evans produced Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson.
“Quincey Jones III and I produced my first album, and Richard Evans produced the first album.
“They saw this gift,” he said. “Sylvester got me into recording and engineering and Richard got me producing.”
Craine said he got noticed after he put his music on YouTube, Facebook and Disc Makers.
Disc Makers put his CD on CD Baby, the world’s largest independent music store and online music distributor.
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