CD Review – Erica Viegas – Where My Heart Goes
by Jade Sperry
Erica Viegas is a self-proclaimed “romantic soul” and her music paints the joy in life’s simple moments and brings beauty to life’s heartbreaks. Raised in Sherwood Park, AB in a musical family, Erica has always had a passion for music. She begged her parents for voice lessons at the age of 11 and has grabbed at every opportunity to be on stage. For more than 10 years, Erica has been singing at festivals and talent competitions all over Western Canada including the Alberta Tattoo at Rexall Place, the Calgary Stampede, Big Valley Jamboree and the Canadian Search for Miss Universe. Working towards revealing more of herself in her songs, Erica has recently recorded her first EP Where My Heart Goes. This is an original collection of songs that shares snapshots of experiences from her past and her present.
Erica has surrounded herself with very accomplished musicians who bring out a wonderful quality in her personal musical style. This is very evident from the get go. The first song on this CD is “Pictures” which is a soulful and haunting song in its music and in its performance as a whole. The vocal work is effective in its delivery and in combination with the laid-back acoustic guitar and soft drums going on under Erica’s voice. Although the song is about painful memories of love lost its a beautiful song musically. “You” is a piano based song that shines as bright as the sun lyrically speaking. This song is about tragedy being overcome by meeting someone that makes things better in a difficult situation. The title track “Where My Heart Goes” is an upbeat song musically and flows effortlessly with a bluegrass feel to it with the banjo played by Gary Koliger. Lyrically, this song is about a best friend and wanting the best for them when you go in separate directions. “Back To Me” is another piano based song that has a haunting melody due to the fact its in minor keys. This song is about the highs and lows in love. After the first minute, this song hits you full blast by bringing in all the other musicians and the song becomes joyful and painful at the same time. Erica’s vocals in this song are particularly effective in getting that emotional value of the song across to the listener. The blend of acoustic and electric guitars are outstanding in the underpinning of this song. “Thank You” is the final song of this EP. This song speaks of children and the poverty that a good portion of children live in in today’s society. The melody of this song is pure gold and shines through the darker side of poverty lyrically speaking.
Overall this CD is very well presented, well mixed and mastered as well as performed by talented musicians who are all working with Erica to bring her musical vision to the masses. A portion of the proceeds from this album will go towards One International Poverty Relief, a school for street children in Mumbai, India where Erica volunteered and was inspired to write the last song “Thank You”.
You can find Erica at the following links:
Erica Viegas Website: http://www.ericaviegas.com