Every so often you come across a story that reaches deep down into your soul. Charlotte Eriksson’s story is one of those. I came across Charlotte’s story when she started to follow me on Twitter. I clicked on her profile and saw that she is a musician. As a result I followed her back as I do for the majority of musicians I come across. I then went and had a look at her website and listened to some tracks on her Sound-cloud site. What can I say, I was immediately hooked. Check it out you will be too. You can download an acoustic version of her album “I’d like to remain a mystery” here for free!! It would be nice to make a donation if you like it. I did! I will be reviewing the album in more detail in the next few days.
The paragraphs below tell Charlottes story in her own words. It is a story that is all too familiar. The story of a really talented artist trying to earn a living from her art. This sort of artist is the perfect antidote to the dreadful dirge we are constantly force fed by the likes of Simon Cowell!
The story of The Glass Child, Charlotte Eriksson, is one of those you usually see on movies. Only 18 years old she left everything she had and knew, family and friends, and moved to London to dedicate her life to her music and art. A vague dream about reaching out with her music became an everlasting journey about fighting for your right to build a life on your own terms, learning what it means to be an artist and how to make an impact, now with over 29,000 dedicated followers and fans with her on her journey through her social sites like Twitter and Tumblr.
Forward four years and she has started her own record label Broken Glass Records, released 5 EPs, released her critically acclaimed debut full-length ‘I’d Like To Remain A Mystery’ in February 2013, had her single ”I Will Lead You Home” reaching #2 on the Swedish Itunes-chart, was names Breakthrough Indie Artist Of The Year by Lemonade Magazine, and been played on major radio such as BBC6 (UK), Sveriges Radio (Sweden) and 3FM (Netherlands). In April 2013 she also independently published her first book “Empty Roads and Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps”, telling the story about leaving, searching and going after your dream. The book was beautifully received and has been widely praised both by her fanbase and by a new literary crowd of writers and readers.
Charlotte is a wandering soul and after spending a year in England with nothing but a guitar and a will to search for something more, playing wherever she could play and crashing at fans’ floors, she has now spent a year in Berlin, Germany. A year of wandering, growing and rediscovering in the new city resulted in what is slowly becoming the biggest journey and achievement of her life so far; a new album, created and funded together with her dedicated following through PledgeMusic. Her Pledge Music Campaign (launched June, 2014) reached 100% within four hours, and after 40 days ended at 249% funded.
“It’s bigger this time. I’m wiser this time. This is not about the final physical product, like a CD. This is about the impact those songs can have inside someone. My mission is to seek those who need to hear those words and melodies and stories, and if I can touch one soul out there and make them feel like they belong, then I will be happy.”
The new album ”I Must Be Gone And Live, Or Stay And Die” will be released October 21, 2014,
with the first single off the album,”The Fall” out worldwide September 2nd.
”I wanted to turn my life into my art. My very existence into a poem. This is my story – it’s been a beautiful fight. It still is.”
Check out a video of The Glass Child’s latest single – The Fall. It sent shivers down my spine!