Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Duvall.
Hi Erin, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today. I grew up in a large family in Dallas, TX, as the fourth of five children. I have two very wonderful parents who taught us at an early age the importance of hard work and giving back. Every aspect of my life since I was a little girl has been based around being a performer. I was always writing songs in my journal, blaring Dolly Parton or Shania Twain, and putting on shows for anyone that would listen.
My younger years were full of performing, from being the leads in the high school musical to captain on the cheerleading squad. I took a pause to go to college at The University of Texas and majored in journalism, where I really honed in on my craft of writing. Immediately after college, I went straight back to music and have had quite the journey along the way: from children’s music to my music, from New York to Nashville to the West Coast, then back to Texas, to becoming a mother and writing this new album, it’s been a long and winding road. One that has always been centered on music. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my love of music and all the fabulous places it has taken me along the way to get to where I am now.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road? I have met very few people in the music industry who can say that their road has been a super smooth one. The many bumps and twists in the road are what make you who you are and give you the experience to truly stand in the light of who you are as an artist.
I was very young and naive when I started out, to say the least. My heart was in the right place, but I lacked the knowledge and experience that were needed to really make a dent. In my young age, I didn’t realize the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to promote the music is equal, if not more, than what you put into making the record. I made the mistake with my first debut album of not having a solid team behind me to push and promote the music. I was able to get it in front of some wonderful people, but the marketing and branding pieces were not there when they absolutely needed to be.
The music industry is a wonderful place to be, but it definitely can come with its ups and downs. The most important thing I have found to be true is that you must always stay true to yourself. Understand that you will evolve and change internally over time, but as long as you stand by your true inner self and fight for what you believe in, you will thrive and not burn out. And secondly, surround yourself with the right team of people who understand your vision and always have your best interests at heart.
Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about Twice the Love Foundation? I have been in the music business for a really long time. I took a step back when I had my four kids to write more and recenter my focus in the music industry. When I decided to release this current album, I wanted to make certain that I was using my voice for something positive in the world. I am blessed to have four amazing children. I am a single mother, and while it is the greatest part of my life, it comes with a lot of hardships. So, I founded the “Twice the Love Foundation,” and we are raising money and awareness for single parents, both men, and women alike, to help them get back on their feet again. We want to be a center of hope and guidance for those who feel overwhelmed and are struggling to take the first step on their own.
I was very fortunate to have a loving place to land going through my divorce, but many single parents do not. I would say to myself constantly, “What would I do if I didn’t have this loving place?” “Where would I go?” “What would I do?”. The thought was all-consuming and incredibly daunting. You have to stay strong to be a beacon of light and hope for your children, but sometimes that seems impossible. So how do we help? This is where “Twice the Love Foundation” came into play. This foundation came from a very genuine place, and we are so excited about the work we are doing and the future of the foundation.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years? The music industry is ever-evolving, and it is a great time to be a musician, especially as a woman. Women are doing more and more every day and wearing so many different faces. Mother, Entrepreneur, Singer, Songwriter, Performer, etc. The sky is the limit! You can be everything if you are willing to put in the work. And even better when you can leave the world a little brighter than you found it!
I am so excited to see where the industry will go over the next 5-10 years. It will be a fun ride, and I am happy to be on it!