Eight albums might be enough for some, but for R&B/soul crooner Eric Roberson, it’s another opportunity to express his artistry. With the release of his eight studio album, Mister Nice Guy, on Tuesday (November 8) the two-time Grammy Award nominee tells BET.com his latest effort is aimed at putting the fun back in music.
“People who’ve seen my show know that I’m very loose, very silly, constantly cracking jokes,” Roberson says of his fan-friendly ability to freestyle serenade his audience during his live shows. “I’m willing to poke fun at myself, and I don’t know if we’ve really showed that on any of my previous albums.”
A departure from his last effort, 2009’s, Music Fan First, the Howard University grad honed his songwriting skills, painted vivid pictures and elaborated on emotions of triumph, humor and joy on this new LP. The proof is quite evident in the latest single, “Picture Perfect,” featuring rapper Phonte.
“I think this album was the doorway to another level of creativity for me” says the New Jersey native.“This album goes deeper into storytelling than I’ve probably ever gone.”
Establishing a solid fan base without the commercial notoriety of a mainstream artist hasn’t bothered the singer/songwriter one bit. Standing steadfast and releasing his new project independently (Blue Erro Soul/Purpose Records/E1 Entertainment) the R&B crooner has made a name for himself working alongside other music notables such Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Carl Thomas and Dwele.
Collaborating with veteran MCs like Chubb Rock, and top notch production in tote from Rich Harrison and hip hop producer Bink, the “R&B freestyler” seems to be poised on making a greater impact with a nationwide tour in the works.
Mister Nice Guy is in stores now.
(Photo: Courtesy EMI Music)