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Erica Xenne

Erica began studying piano and writing songs as a child.  By her early teens, she was consumed by vocal mastery and began singing professionally.

At sixteen, she became ill.  She suffered high fevers, hair loss, memory fog, immobilizing arthritis, inability to swallow or move, and barely escaped death.  After enduring misdiagnoses and maltreatment from several doctors, she finally received a diagnosis of Lyme Disease.  Through intense, ongoing treatment and fierce determination, she recovered many of her faculties, but her vocal chords were permanently damaged. For the rest of her life, she would speak only in a whisper.  

Erica tried to give up music. She studied writing and photography, and wrote novels about musicians, photographed musicians, made videos for local bands, and indulged endless headphone-buried walks. Regardless how deeply she cared for other arts, music ignited her core… yet she could not sing the songs that screamed within.

She was an Erosian Exile, exiled from Eros… her passion.  She adopted the surname Xenne, which came to her in a sudden transmission from her home planet, Erosia.  The prefix, Xen- , means ‘foreigner or stranger’ – as everything from her body to her life path was suddenly foreign.  The suffix -ne means “not” because no matter what she has lost, she has a home in her passion, her drive, and her memories of Erosia.  

She was pregnant with music that kicked and screamed its way out as songs came to life without invitation.  Once demos were born, Erica needed to nurture them to life; to play shows, record, and allow her soul-children to flourish in the world on their own.

As her accumulation of songs grew too large for her small town, she moved to New York City and played shows either solo, or with a revolving lineup of musicians.  Soon her brother, Jon Brand, joined as her drummer, and soared on the stage and the unfinished album.  After five years of shows and recording, Erica released Slave to Freedom.  Any time she feels defeated, her vocals remind her that nothing can stand between her and her vision, as long as she remains willful.

 

Erica and Lyme: Related Media

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Ladies’ Home Journal

Read more about Erica’s struggle with Lyme Disease in this article from Ladies’ Home Journal. (At that time she was still “Erica Brand” so that is the name in the article).

 Zenfully Delicious

Read more about Erica’s inspiring triumph over illness here.

 

 

Jon Brand

Jon Brand grew up listening to alternative rock, metal and punk rock. One of his past musical endeavors was drumming for DDF, a pop-punk band which blew up in the surrounding counties of Rockland, NY.

Jon plays DW Collectors Series drums and Pearl Masterworks snare drums with a variety of Zildjain and Paiste Signature cymbals.