Out of the Box
'A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.' - Albert Einstein We all live in the box that we were told to live in. But singer, songwriter, pianist and vocalist Erin Hutchison wants to redefine all that. The talented twenty-six year old songstress from central Illinois has taken many roads to get outside herself and realize her musical dreams. It all comes to fruition with her new release on Creative Soul Records, 'Out of the Box'. From a young age, she knew that her dreams and goals would somehow involve music. Piano lessons at 5, church choirs, musicals, and solos in church; it all came naturally and easily. 'I always knew that music was going to be in some part of my future. Exactly WHAT form it was going to take, I was unsure of. But I knew that I couldn't live without it.' Through high school the obsession with music continued, and church music continued to be her outlet with church vocal groups, and solos at area churches. After high school and attending Eastern Illinois University, and not knowing what direction to go next, she accepted a job with a local retail landscaping nursery where she got the inspiration to start writing her own music. 'I spent a lot of hours in the back buildings, watering rows and rows of plants, so I had plenty of time to think. Since this nursery was way out in the country, it was a very quiet and peaceful environment. All this together must have spawned some creative thinking because I started writing a lot of music.' 'I very rarely ever sit down to write a song. I'm usually doing something routine and an idea or melody will just hit me. I always come up with the music first, and then the lyrics follow.' But all these songs needed to get out to the world. For a few years, Erin led worship at a church in Paris, Illinois. Finally, one day, she started to surf the net and found the music producers at Creative Soul in Nashville, TN. Working with producer Eric Copeland, she honed her songs for commercial release and hopefully life-changing results among those who will hear. They brought in the best musicians in the Christian music business, and Grammy-winning engineer Ronnie Brookshire. The result is 'Out of the Box', a collection of 11 songs that deal with growth, pain, hope, and faith. Finally learning to live outside of herself, Erin now is working with Creative Soul Records to get her CD out across the world, to national radio, and to the people in churches across the country.