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'Nobody Said That It Was Easy' for Maple Grove Singer Eric Gordon

Mar 29, 2017 07:03AM ● By Doug Erlien

When Maple Grove resident Eric Gordon steps on the stage at the Fine Line Music Cafe on Friday, March 31, it will be a dream years in the making. It’s not that the former contestant on the hit FOX show American Idol hasn’t had his time in the spotlight, but it is the first time Gordon will headline his show.

“I want people to have an experience,” Gordon said about his show. “I want people to walk away being on board with where I want to go and thinking ‘this is cool’.”

With Pastors in his family, Gordon grew up singing in church. With his roots firmly planted in Christian music, the door was opened but it was the desire to turn more mainstream and produce a pop record that continued to fuel his creative dream.

As a six-year old, his parents bought Gordon his first CD, SWV (Sisters with Voices), who like Gordon, began their musical careers in church. It is that album that Gordon credits for fueling his passion.

“Most people didn’t know I could sing R&B style,” Gordon said. “It was shortly after my wife found out she was pregnant that I didn’t want to go into a place where I had a foot half way out.”

Now Gordon, a new father, has made the decision to jump into the music game full time. The concert for his debut album “Nobody Said That It Was Easy” has been a work in progress for his labor of love.

“I’m more productive being a dad,” Gordon said. “I don’t know before I had a daughter what I did with my time. I have more purpose and my work is much more intentional.”

Gordon spent the last year and a half writing and found the majority of the songs reflected his experiences. He traveled to Memphis to produce the album, the first time Gordon had been involved so heavily in that process.

“I noticed the songs reflected the type of husband that I wanted to be,” Gordon said. “This one is my experiences.”

His music is a mix of hip hop and R&B sounds, but it is the cinematic elements that give Gordon’s sounds an unmistakable sound.

“It’s the first album we’ve been really involved in,” Gordon said. “It’s very emotional and exciting. I want people to love it like I do.”

Eric Gordon Album Release Concert
Fine Line Music Café
Friday, March 31 – 6:30 pm
Tickets - $12 and $20 

Eric Gordon - "Nobody Said That It Was Easy"

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