"Her eyes got really big and she was beaming. She was blown away that this wasn't just "our song" -- but you made it OUR song."
In the nearly two decades since Erin Bode began her professional recording career, she has garnered much critical praise for her pure voice and impressive phrasing and style. It is this talent, coupled with her reluctance to accept classification as a purely jazz vocalist that has led to reviews hailing her as “someone you won’t forget” and comparing her sound to the likes of Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, and Karrin Allyson.
A Minnesota native, Bode was first introduced to music by her father, a Lutheran minister, who emphasized music in daily life and encouraged her to join the church choir. She studied music as well as foreign languages at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities and graduated from Webster University in St. Louis. It is at Webster where Erin studied vocal jazz with Christine Hitt who helped to launch her career as a vocalist. In 2003, Bode secured a recording contract with the jazz label, Maxjazz with whom she recorded two albums, Don't Take Your Time and Over and Over. Bode has also gained exposure through appearances on various programs including CBS’s Second Cup Café and Garrison Keillor’s, A Prairie Home Companion. She has opened for and/or performed with Chris Botti, Michael Bublé, Air Supply, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Jamie Cullum, LeAnne Rimes, Average White Band and Kenny G to name a few.
To date, Bode has released eight albums and toured the United States, as well overseas to Europe, Asia, and Africa. Since 2014, Bode has been Artist in Residence and professor of Lyrics Writing at both, Missouri Baptist University and Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She has taught or led countless master classes and workshops on performance and vocal techniques at high schools and Universities around the world and has had a private vocal studio for over ten years.
While Bode got her start singing standard jazz, her recent projects have been decidedly more pop-based. 2008’s Little Garden on the Native Language label and 2010’s independent release, Photograph feature all original material by Bode, and showcase her love of poetry with songs that are rich in harmonic and timbral texture. Bode's latest release, Here and Now is a collection of songs by the master songwriters of the Great American Songbook, replete with clever melodies and witty lyrics. Erin collaborated with producer and bassist Viktor Krauss, guitarists Matt Munisteri and Todd Lombardo, cellist Tara Santiago and Grammy Award winning vocalist, Suzanne Cox. With this treasured collection of songs from writers like Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser, Rickie Lee Jones and Gerry Rafferty, Bode and her fellow musicians impart each story through simple yet sophisticated arrangements of each piece.
"I've found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to hear people’s stories, learn from them the things they truly want to express and help them to say it in a song."