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Born and raised in the elderly Appalachians of northeastern Tennessee, Erin Dalton is a well-seasoned vocalist, songwriter, educator, pianist, composer, and arranger. Immersed in a wide range of music (her father is an Appalachian story-songwriter and her mother, a classically-trained pianist/organist), she began honing her skills by ear and in formal training at a very early age.
Continuing on a path of musical endeavors, Erin went on to Gardner-Webb University, where she spent four years in intensive piano, voice and composition courses. As a senior thesis, she created a one-act musical, "Work, In Progress," along with Michael Mitteer and the university's theater department. The musical had two performances in a 200-seat theater with packed houses for each performance. Dalton graduated in the spring of 2008 with a B.M. in Music Composition.
For the past decade, Erin has been traveling and teaching everything from elementary school music to hip hop songwriter/performance courses for nonprofits and organizations, hopping from North Carolina to Pennsylvania to northern India. She has created string arrangements for a wide range of artists, including Amythyst Kiah and Bill and the Belles, and also spent a year studying jazz piano with renown composer and Steinway artist, Chad Lawson.
Erin currently resides in Johnson City, TN, where she is a music educator, arranger, and director of summer education programming for The Birthplace of Country Music.