Erica “RhapsodE” Hawthorne is comfortable taking the stage solo for a moving spoken word set or holding down a full band to deliver songs that move people to nod their heads and sing along. RhapsodE’s style is a fusion of spoken word, soul, jazz, hip-hop and rock sometimes served with a side of live music.
RhapsodE released her debut independent album, “Spoke Inward”, blending lyrical prowess and musical giftedness. The album has received stellar reviews by listening audiences and a five-star rating from CD Baby music distribution company.
RhapsodE has shared her music and poetry in numerous cities, countless venues and has been featured at colleges, festivals, churches and premier clubs around the U.S., opening for major acts in various genres some of which include: hip hop artist Mos Def, soul artists Jaguar Wright, Fertile Ground, Kindred and Eric Roberson, spoken word artists Talaam Acey, Black Ice and Ursula Rucker and jazz artists Gerald Veasley and Byard Lancaster.
In addition to being a poet and vocalist, RhapsodE has put her other talents to work as an actress, radio personality and television co-host. She has also worked as a college prep mentor helping high school students prepare and gain acceptance into college.
RhapsodE is also member and co-founder of the Spoken Soul 215 collective which produces & hosts a monthly open mic event called “The Harvest” at World Cafe Live.
RhapsodE on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/rhapsodyspoetry
RhapsodE’s Music on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/spoke-inward/id193442619
Spoken Soul 215 Collective: http://www.spokensoul215.com
Photo by SP Photography.