ERICA BALLINGER - LIFE Known for her bold precise alto, smooth jazz-rock guitar playing, and intelligent songwriting, Ballinger is both subtle and engaging. From heavy metal ballads to African-American spirituals, Ballinger's varied influences have led her to evolve a style uniquely her own, earning her several awards from the Northern California Songwriters Association and many fans. Ballinger's self-produced 5-song EP, 'Life,' has been positively received: 'Deep and soulful crooning...her voice is commanding, her observations incisive..' LISTEN.COM 'San Francisco's Ballinger has got jazz timing and an earth mother's warmth to her sweet alto voice, like a chain-smoking Sarah McLauchlin at the Village Vanguard at 4am' WILLAMETTE WEEK - Portland, Oregon 'The lyrics paint broad strokes of primary colors against darkness, telling a story of commitment, betrayal, finding one's self and enforcing one's limits.' ROCK & RAP CONFIDENTIAL 'Singer/songwriter Erica Ballinger pushes the acoustic-folk parameters of the genre with arrangements that incorporate keyboards, congas, cello, and trumpet, giving her songs soulful jazz and Latin tinges...' SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN - Derk Richardson 'Life is a debut that understands the power of simplicity. Ballinger's bold, precise alto is just the voice to sell the salvation offered here.' THE ZONE - Danny Alexander.