Eric Bellinger Term 2 Acoustic Concert

The Sol Venue and Free2bmee Present

Eric Bellinger Term 2 Acoustic Concert

For any questions text 424-276-9705

Tue, October 24, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 11:45 pm)

$15.00 - $40.00

This event is 21 and over

Eric Bellinger
Eric Bellinger
Talk about a career detour. Eric Bellinger grew up focused on playing football. Running back/kick return specialist … that was the ultimate gig envisioned by the University of Southern California scholarship holder. Then fate stepped in.

Now Bellinger is fielding major plays in another arena: music. Since trading his cleats for a pen, the ex-football team captain has become one of the industry's most sought-after songwriters. In just the last two years, he's racked up more than 80 song placements while co-penning hits for such pop and R&B stars as Usher ("Lemme See"), Justin Bieber ("Right Here") and Chris Brown ("Fine China"). He also won his first Grammy Award as one of the collaborators on Brown's best R&B-crowned album, F.A.M.E.

But the Compton, Calif. native is just getting started. Not only a skillful songwriter, Bellinger is an equally talented singer/rapper. And he's ready to bring his engaging triple-threat style back to the forefront with Cuffing Season. The 16-track album—the follow-up to his popular 2014 mixtape Choose Up Season—will be released July 10 through YFS/300 Entertainment. Leading the charge: first single "iPod on Shuffle."

Produced by Ayo, "iPod on Shuffle" is a seductive bedroom romp that seamlessly fuses smooth and retro R&B melodies with edgy hip-hop—a Bellinger hallmark. Calling for a "meeting in my bedroom," he cleverly lays out all the trimmings for a never-ending night of lovemaking: candles, silk sheets, roses and a mood-intensifying playlist shuffling from Jodeci and 112 to Maxwell, R. Kelly, D'Angelo and beyond.

"Choose Up Season was about the single life, dating and trying to choose the one," explains the recently married Bellinger. "Cuffing Season is about settling down with someone who's always got your back. Nothing can compare to that. And that's what has been missing of late: songs about love done in a cool, fun, hip-hop way."

Armed with a hot production crew that includes Ayo, D-Mile and the YFS-signed team Soufwest, Bellinger zeroes in on filling that gap. Among the additional Cuffing Season standouts are the melodic "Focused on You" featuring 2Chainz and Mya, the alt-R&B "Love Made Me Do It," a sexy remake of TLC's "Creep" featuring T-Boz and "Overrated," a persuasive look at the downsides of single life. Tank, Boosie, Chay$e and YFS newcomer ARoc round out the guest list. Connecting the dots throughout: Bellinger's sinfully smooth vocals, emotive raps and soulful songwriting.

A self-described perfectionist influenced by Michael Jackson, Usher, Brandy and Drake, Bellinger comes by his talent naturally. His maternal grandfather was Bobby Day, who scored a Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 hit in 1958 with "Rockin' Robin." Day also wrote the rock and roll classics "Over and Over" and "Little Bitty Pretty One," covered by the Dave Clark Five and the Jackson Five, respectively.

Bellinger, who sang in church as a youngster, didn't get serious about pursuing music right away, however. There was school to finish and a football scholarship from USC waiting upon his high school graduation. Then he was injured in a game. "I stopped playing football and had to make a decision," recalls Bellinger. "That's when I started moving more seriously into music."

A music audition his mother heard about resulted in Bellinger joining a vocal quintet called AKNU (A Kind Never Understood) in 2002. Within five months, the group signed with Epic Records. But after a few tours, AKNU disbanded in 2004. Bellinger next joined O.N.E., a quartet with whom he wrote songs and performed for six years.

Following nearly 10 years of being in groups, Bellinger sought a fresh start. He left O.N.E. in 2010 and began demoing songs for different songwriters while writing his own songs. Within four months, he signed with Sony/ATV under the publishing firm's joint partnership with the Writing Camp, responsible for such hits as Beyonce's "Halo." Under the mentorship of Writing Camp members Evan Bogart, David Quinones and longtime friend Erika Nuri, Bellinger hit the ground running, collaborating with such Grammy-winning songwriter/producers as J.R. Rotem and Rodney Jerkins.

Gaining a reputation as a quick yet intuitive songwriter over the next couple of years, Bellinger began building an extensive discography encompassing a who's who in R&B, hip-hop and pop: Trey Songz, Janelle Monae, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and The Game. His breakthrough moment arrived when he placed two songs on Chris Brown's 2011 album F.A.M.E., netting his first Grammy when the project claimed best R&B album honors. Since then, Bellinger has co-penned two hits for Brown, including "Fine China" and the Grammy-nominated "New Flame."

With his writing career taking off, Bellinger returned to his first love: singing. "I just wanted to put some of my own songs out," he says. "It was a struggle. 'Eric the Songwriter' was really embedded in people's heads not 'Eric the Singer/Songwriter.' So I said I'll do it on my own."

Bellinger formally stepped out as a solo artist 2013, steadily churning out a series of well-regarded mixtapes. First up was the three-volume Born II Sing, In The Meantime followed by The ReBirth and, most recently, Choose Up Season. Under YFS (Your Favorite Song), the indie label he created with manager/business partner Nieman Johnson, Bellinger released his debut solo album in 2014, The Rebirth.

Featuring Sevyn Streeter, Kid Ink, Sage the Gemini, Ty Dolla $ign and others, The Rebirth also spun off the top 40 rhythmic hit "I Don't Want Her" with Problem. The single, in turn, caught the ears of industry veteran Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment, which now distributes YFS. Bellinger, who recently completed a sold-out international tour in the U.K., is also a popular YouTube fixture with a total over 10 million video views.

Now with Cuffing Season on deck, Bellinger has come full circle as a triple-threat talent simultaneously forging a burgeoning solo career while further cementing his reputation as one of R&B and pop music's top go-to writers. But football is still never far from his mind.

"In football, you have the fullback who blocks for the tailback running through the hole," explains Bellinger. "My artist career is the tailback and my writing career is the fullback making a way. And I'm just holding on tight."
Venue Information:
SOL Venue
313 E Carson Street
Carson, CA, 90745