With the release of her fourth studio album “I’m Still Me”, Erica Sunshine Lee continues to impress audiences with her clever and contagious melodies and prolific songwriting. In her first single, the title track “Without You I’m Still Me”, she stays true to herself after enduring the pain of heartache and explains how her daily routine, although devastated from the breakup, must go on, so she can maintain who she is as a person. Erica Sunshine Lee’s new album proves that she is a real country girl from Georgia, with her tribute to classic country in her tunes “You Break My Heart” and “Reason To Leave”, featuring Wayne Mills in her first duet.
Sunshine also boasts about being a down-home southern girl in “Pop With A Twang”, stating vividly that she is not pretending to be anyone she’s not. It’s upbeat songs like this and “Drinking and Driving Me Crazy” that keep crowds entertained worldwide as she continues her tour throughout the South Pacific in early 2012 across New Zealand and Australia, performing at Country Festivals from Auckland, New Zealand to Tamworth, Australia. Following her hit album “The Walk of Shame”, Erica reveals a more vulnerable side in “I’m Just Your Woman”, as her delicate lyrics paint a sobering picture of how women feel when they are neglected by the men they so dearly love. Sunshine continues to be herself, whether it’s the humor of “Whipped Cream”, which her friends and fans knows that she holds so dear, and maintains her ability to laugh at situations, despite how difficult they are to cope with at the time. To that end, she recounts her own personal experience of being cheated on by her ex boyfriend when he travels to Brazil in her newly released single ”HO IN RIO”.
In 2011, Erica Sunshine Lee’s single “What It Takes To Be A Country Man” hit #6 on the HOT DISC charts in Europe and Australia. Her band continues to tour the United States and around the globe, entertaining, and quickly building, new fans wherever they go.
“I never knew that people in the middle of Europe would be rocking out to a country song that I wrote in downtown San Francisco about these city boys not having a clue what it means to be a real country man”, Sunshine laughs.
Born and raised in Elberton, a small town in northeast Georgia named the “Granite Capital of the World”, this ray of Sunshine continues to write songs with her latest cut, “Whiskey Bent and Jail Bound”, recorded by one of Nashville’s favorite country male icons, Wayne Mills, who co-wrote the hit. This country singer enjoys playing basketball, softball, hiking, biking, surfing, fishing, wake boarding, skiing, cooking, and traveling, too. When she’s not writing new songs, Sunshine can be found performing locally or out on the road. From selling cars in a Chevrolet/Cadillac/Hummer dealership outside of San Francisco, California to put herself through college and earn her marketing degree at a private university, this vibrant songbird spends her days doing what she loves: writing music and singing the stories of life to her fans.
While Sunshine has been hugely influenced by southern rock bands like Lynard Skynard and country legends like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, and Loretta Lynn, the first album she ever bought was “Siamese Dream” by the Smashing Pumpkins. “I was a total closet grunge rocker dressed in preppy clothes in high school. Although I was a cheerleader in between basketball and softball seasons, I still loved a good flannel shirt with baggy jeans while listening to Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Weezer and, of course, REM, since they were right up the road from me in Athens, GA. I remember listening to Shania Twain, Reba, and Faith Hill when I was singing on my karaoke microphone my parents got me for my 12th birthday, and wanting to be just like those chicks.”
Sunshine began singing in her Baptist church around the age of 5, and sang throughout high school in her contemporary Christian band. It wasn’t until she was in California singing backup in a classic rock band, however, that she began to write her own music and, in 2007, broke off and started her own band, releasing her first original record within just a year.
Just like the album title says, she is still the same ol’ country girl in her cowboy boots rocking her sunburst, Breedlove acoustic guitar or her bright orange, Gretsch electric guitar, either solo or with her full band. She now resides in her new home, Nashville, Tennessee. Her first album “Struggle Street” is no longer her attitude and, as her songwriting has transitioned, she has found herself past the “Road to Recovery” with her songs being spun across the globe on radio, Pandora, iTunes, and YouTube. When asked what inspired the name of her latest album, Sunshine responds, “Well, I wanted this album to reflect more on who I am as a person, what I’ve gone through, and where I’m heading; no matter what, I will always be true to myself and the way I was raised, because after all, y’all know ‘I’m Still Me’.”