Voyage LA Shares Rising Stars: Meet Erin Duvall
Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Duvall.
Hi Erin, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Thank you so much for having me! I grew up in a large family in Dallas, TX as the fourth of five children. I have two very wonderful parents who taught us at an early age the importance of hard work and giving back. Every aspect of my life growing up was around being a performer – from singing as a little girl, being the leads in the high school musical to captain on the cheerleading squad.
I have wanted to be a performer since I was born; I came out performing. I was always writing songs in my journal, blaring Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, or a musical, and putting on shows for anyone that would watch.
My younger years were full of performing, and then I took a pause to go to college at The University of Texas and majored in journalism, where I really honed in on my craft of writing.
Immediately after college, I went straight back to music and have had quite the journey along the way: from children’s music to my music, from New York to Nashville to the West Coast, then back to Texas, to becoming a mother of four, to writing this new album, it’s been a long and winding road. One that has always been centered on music. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my love of music and all the fabulous places it has taken me along the way to get to where I am now.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The music industry is a wonderful place to be, but definitely can come with many twist and turns along the way. It has not always been a smooth road, and the winding roads have given me a lot of experience and perspective along this journey.
I was very young when I started out and naive, to say the least. My heart was in the right place, but I lacked the knowledge and experience that was needed to really make a dent. In my young age, I didn’t realize the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to promote the music is equal, if not more, to what you put into making the record. I made the mistake with my first debut album of not having a solid team behind me to really push and promote the music. I was able to get it in front of some wonderful people, but the marketing and branding pieces were not there when they absolutely needed to be.
I have taken steps back at times and propelled steps forward at others. The music industry is like a dance, sometimes you are gliding and sometimes you are falling over your feet. You just have to keep getting back up and putting one foot in front of the other, day after day.
The most important thing I have found to be true is that you must always stay true to yourself. Understand that you will evolve and change internally over time, but as long as stand by your true inner self and fight for what you believe in, you will thrive and not burn out. And secondly, surround yourself with the right team of people that understand your vision and always have your best interest in mind.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do
There are many faces of Erin. I am a mother, first and foremost, to four wonderful children, a singer/songwriter/performer, and an entrepreneur. My day consist of wearing all three of these faces, and it is a delicate balance.
I just dropped my new single, “Walking Country Song,” on October 7th and the music video followed quickly after. I have launched a new charity that I am the founder and director of called “Twice the Love Foundation” that benefits single parents and helps with the social, emotional, and financial aspects of being a single parent and helping them get back on their feet again. We hosted a big concert event here in Dallas, TX on Wednesday, November 2nd, and raised money for The Genesis Women’s Shelter, an amazing charity in Dallas. We love to pay it forward and are excited about what’s to come with “Twice the Love.”
I have my second single dropping in February and lots of other fun projects around the bend that I can’t wait to share with all of you! 2023 will be a wild ride! Start tuned!
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
As a musician and entrepreneur, I know that we are always better when we surround ourselves with people who push us creatively and positively. I am always open to new ideas and love collaborating with others when the idea is right!
And we would love your support on our journey with Twice the Love Foundation. The single-parent community is a big community that is widely underserved. There are many single parents out there that are struggling to make ends meet, and our goal is to pay it forward and help as many people as we can.