Hi! Thank you so much for checking out my website - eeek! I can't believe I have a website - with music and pics! Ahhh. Ok - sorry just had to have a moment of excitement. Moving right on to what you clicked this link for...
My name is Erika Amy Olson. I live in a village in East Sussex with my hubby and 3 children. We moved this way after three amazing years in London. Our adventure in the UK began over 4 years ago now when we moved across the Atlantic from Charlotte, North Carolina.
I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend, a rebel, a seeker, a light chaser, a book reader, an activist, a philanthropist, an attorney, a dancer, a baker, a music lover, a nature nut, a truth sayer and among many other things a singer and a songwriter. I write songs about life as I have lived it, seen it, heard it, and felt it.
I picked up a guitar for about ten minutes when I was 17 and because I wasn't instantly amazing - I quit. But music always had a hold on my heart. I was a staple on the college couch concert circuit - not a Friday or Saturday passed without me belting some Indigo Girls' tune. Every road trip came with homemade cookies and a bespoke mixtape. After crossing the US a time or two I settled down to the serious business of law school and then a very serious litigation practice. I loved practicing law and was content with the ins and outs of a busy legal career - until - I had my first baby. The act of creating, birthing, and sustaining a life changed me forever. I was overcome with the need to continue creating - in some way shape or form. So, six months after my son was born, I picked up the guitar again and this time - it stuck.
After a few years my guitar teacher suggested I attend The Swannanoa Gathering - super awesome time, totally recommend it. I signed up late and was assigned to the few classes with openings - one of which was a songwriting class. Songwriting was the last class of the day, so I figured if I didn't like it I could just use the time from some napping and lord knows I needed some naps with a 2 and 4 year old at home. Unfortunately, the napping would have to wait! From the very first moment I was hooked. I started several songs that week and fell in love with the soul work of songwriting. 7 years later, here I am, still writing, still playing and still singing - but now I get to do it with you!! How great is that!!!!
In addition to music, I am working to develop a podcast called Momma Ain't Got No Time through which I will explore creativity in the midst of the muck and mire of motherhood. I will be talking to intrepid artists, musicians, and creatives of any an all type that brave the creative currents while holding it down on the parenting front. I want to know how mommas do it - don't you? I want to know how mommas juggle the babes, the art, the dishes, the partners - 'ya know - the whole shebang. I'm gonna ask how mommas keep shining their light when life gets hard and complicated - as it's want to do when raising little humans. I need to hear the the answers so that I can keep shining my light and hopefully sharing these conversations will help anyone listening to shine their light too!
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