Tags: Blair Alum, Communication Arts Program, Dana Simel, Eric Hutchinson, Let's Break, Madonna, Maverick Records, Moving Up Living Down, Perez Hilton, Silverlogue, Sounds Like This, The Blair Boogie, Warner Brothers
Sept. 14, 2012
The Blair Boogie: Alum is back in the spotlight
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Eric Hutchinson isn't your typical singer-songwriter. For one, he walked away from a contract with a major label, then self-released his second album and saw it skyrocket onto iTunes' Top Ten most-downloaded albums list. Oh yeah, and he's a Montgomery Blair alumnus.
Hutchinson released his latest album, "Moving Up Living Down," last April. Since then, Hutchinson gave a spectacular performance of "Watching You Watch Him," a single off his new album, on TBS's "Conan" in June. Most recently, Hutchinson announced his "The Almost Solo" Tour last Tuesday. The tour has a show scheduled in November at Baltimore's Ram's Head Live, but if you want to see Hutchinson perform closer to home, you should join Silverlogue advisor Dr. Dana Simel's efforts to get him to visit Blair.
Hutchinson had an interesting rise to fame. He signed with Madonna's Maverick Records, and then spent almost two years negotiating his way out of his contract after the label collapsed. He then released "Sounds Like This" on his own label, Let's Break ("Sounds Like This" was later picked up by Warner Brothers). Hutchinson was thrust into the spotlight in 2007, after a friend of his sent some of Hutchinson's music to gossip blogger Perez Hilton. Hilton was so impressed with what he heard, he published an enthusiastic blog post urging his readers to check it out, exclaiming, "We're obsessed! Obsessed!" Almost overnight, Hilton's publicity expanded Hutchinson's fanbase.
To help out, Blazers should support the yearbook's effort to get in touch with Hutchinson by liking his Facebook page and showing him that Blair is interested in having him visit again. That way, we can all enjoy Hutchinson's talent as a live performer, up close and personal.