Eric Bellinger opened up on his writing process to fans for ‘Eric B for President: Term 3’

Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Eric Bellinger wants to make everything better. The artist, who has done just about everything under the sun as far as the music industry goes, has collaborated with famous celebrities like Justin Bieber and Usher, opened for Ashanti while singing in an R&B group and, as a solo artist, has released over a dozen recordings to date. Bellinger’s latest project, the next LP, Eric B for the president: term 3, highlights his soft voice, intricate writing styles and unshakeable relationship with his longtime wife. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, that’s not the most remarkable part. Bellinger wrote and assembled much of the album at home live in real time with his fans during quarantine.

“I set up a phone so they could watch,” Bellinger says of the writing process. “The idea was they could say if they liked it, they could say if they hated it, they could send fire emojis – whatever it was, we were together.”

Involving social media in the creative process can be dangerous. It takes confidence to open up to potentially thousands of people at any given time and share in the creative process. Bellinger’s sessions each lasted up to several hours, and he received almost constant feedback from his subscribers. Not everyone is comfortable seeing or demonstrating how sausage is made. But Bellinger is. He is not boastful, not boastful. Instead, he is stable, assured.

“I’m really independent,” he says. “Over time I’ve learned that God and the universe and everything around you leads you to what you’re supposed to do, based on your daily routine. I put my heart into the songs and I don’t don’t care about too much competition.

While Bellinger may not have the massive machinery behind him at his disposal for promotion or hype like some of the world’s most famous musicians, what he does have is an eclectic ear and more. than capable for composition. He also has the right support system: his wife, singer-actress-model La’Myia Janae Good-Bellinger. Together, the two help each other in their careers. Bellinger says that as an R&B singer and performer, it’s often assumed he has to hang out with lots of women to prove an old ideal of manhood. But, instead, he is a one-woman man.

“She’s my better half,” he says. “I look up to her and respect her. I was always trying to make sure I started my career with the best foot forward. Having a woman in the music industry – or any business – is really important for me My music changed and changed as I met her – I wanted to talk about love.

Bellinger, who remembers singing in church at the ages of three and four growing up, was inspired at an early age by his grandfather, Bobby Day, who was a songwriter himself- talented and accomplished composer. Day, among many other songs, wrote the hit “Rockin’ Robin,” which was recorded by the Jackson 5. For an aspiring artist like Bellinger, knowing that someone else in their own family tree could get great success was crucial. He even used the song for his own work and intends to resample the track for a future project.

“Knowing my grandfather,” Bellinger says, “always made me feel like I could do it too.”

Although he always enjoyed singing, it wasn’t until the early 2000s after high school that Bellinger started taking music seriously. After high school, he planned to go to college and play football at the University of Southern California. But, due to injury and an opportunity to perform in a new R&B group, Bellinger followed his artistic ambitions. He played in the short-lived band, going on tour and opening for Ashanti for a stint. But this taste for success only pushed him further. Today, he works with big names, helping them grow and accentuate their ambitions.

“I always like working with an artist who knows their vision,” says Bellinger. “Then I can help improve their ideas.

For his own solo work, Bellinger tries to cast a wide net. He says the music he makes is sometimes aimed at young people and sometimes at those at retirement age. Browsing social media, Bellinger says he’s seen people listen to his tracks while cooking, at the gym, dancing and in many other activities. That there are various uses for his songs tickles the artist.

“I may still be looking for some, a new artist in some cases,” Bellinger says. “But the world we’ve built really covers a lot of ground.”

With its upcoming release this week, Bellinger aims to showcase good work while helping raise awareness for voting in the upcoming November election. He wants to remind people – in case they’ve forgotten – how important it is to vote. Likewise, from an entertainment standpoint, customers can cast their spell for Bellinger by playing his music. Of course, the artist hopes that many will. And he hopes they’ll feel in the songs the honesty and raw demonstration of self he puts into his melodies and beats. He hopes fans will see what he loves about music – that every track is a chance to do more.

“It’s about what’s real,” he says. “People don’t care if you’re skinny, short, purple, black, or white. At this point, there’s no bad song. I love how a person can tell a song is trash when she listens to it, but she could go number one the next day.

Scott R. Banks