Songwriter Night:Tony Lucca & Ernie Halter
April 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm$15.00
What’s a typical day in the life of Nashville singer/songwriter Ernie Halter? Turns out there’s no such thing. This do-it-yourself, grass-roots, superfan-building machine of a musician has toured all 50 states, Europe, and Asia. His acoustic/vocal centered songs have been featured in film and television. His YouTube and social media plays outnumber those of many major artists, and his multiple crowdfunding projects have raised a combined $50,000. He’s had more than 30 million streams on Spotify. Keys to building a thriving and self-sustaining career have included staying one step ahead of the game and maintaining a strong, personal connection to his fans.
Halter grew up just south of Los Angeles. He fell early and hard for the Beatles and Stevie Wonder, and taught himself to play piano and guitar. While attending a Berklee In L.A. summer program at Claremont McKenna College, Halter felt a kinship with the other musicians and knew he’d found his niche.
An early adopter of Youtube, Ernie posts original songs and covers, and has inspired more than 40,000 covers by other YouTube users.
One early fan stood out from the rest. A very young Justin Bieber began watching Halter’s videos religiously and attended one of his shows in Los Angeles. Bieber later performed Halter’s song, “Come Home to Me” at a show in Hong Kong and released a cover version online. “That song certainly introduced me to a whole lot of younger fans that wouldn’t have heard of me otherwise,” Halter says.
What’s the most rewarding part of Halter’s career? “When someone tells me that my music has been the soundtrack to their relationship or that a song got them through a very hard time in their life—that’s the most rewarding part.” For Halter, it’s all in a day’s work.
Ernie lives in Mount Juliet, TN with his wife Kristen and their twin 6 year old daughters, Lucy and Layla.
Tony Lucca has appeared on popular shows such as Parenthood, The Tonight Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, the Aaron Spelling produced Malibu Shores, as well as small roles in some independent features. He finished 3rd on Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice and can even claim having worked alongside such mega stars as Justin Timberlake and Brittany Spears as a member of the All New Mickey Mouse Club back in the 90s. No stranger to the front lines of the modern indie artist DIY approach, his website, tonylucca.com celebrates 20 years this year! Tony is a proud member of the Nashville songwriter community and enjoys life at his home in Bellevue with his wife Rachel, their kids Liam (15) and Sparrow (8) along with their dog, Apple.