Erica Denise, a native of Louisville KY, is an entrepreneur, speaker, singer, song writer, actress, play writer, producer, director, visual artist and youth leader. Her mission is to give back to the community as much as she can while uplifting, encouraging, motivating, and aiding youth and adults alike strive for their dreams.
As the owner of Erica Denise Entertainment (E.D.Ent), Erica uses her business to create outlets for local visual and performing artists to perform and have an opportunity to showcase their talent. E.D.Ent has been contracted to provide the entertainment for clients like Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Urban League Guild, and The Kentucky Minority Scholarship Fund. Erica also produces concerts, and coordinates events for artists who ordinarily wouldn’t have an outlet to express their artistry.
Erica Denise released her debut album “Helluva Woman: A Lyrical Novella” in the summer of 2010. She took to the road and went on a promotional tour that landed her gigs on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, and Chicago, Illinois. Her single “Hands” was in rotation on urban radio stations in Louisville and Chicago. Her album represented a vocal presentation that is a reminder of a bygone era where storytelling and the human experience collided to make listening to and feeling the music a pleasure in and of itself.
Erica’s love for music lead her to try her hand at musical theater. She has performed in numerous stage plays and musicals over the years. Most recently she dazzled the stage as ‘Crystal” one of the Street Urchins in “Little Shop of Horror” that opened at The Kentucky Center for the Arts. Her drive and tenacity took her to New York where she auditioned for the Broadway show “The Book of Mormon” and received a call back. Although she has not yet received a part, she took the “call back” as a reminder that she IS capable of realizing her dreams.
Not only does Erica shine on stage, she does so behind the scenes as well. She recently directed and produced “Broadway Santa – The North Poles New York Debut” that featured youth from Louisville Central Community Centers (LCCC) Kids Art Academy (KAA), where she is the Coordinator of Fine Arts. She is truly an artist who believes in young people reaching their highest potential and she loves using the arts to help make that happen.
In the summer of 2014 Erica created a summer Youth Performing Arts camp that provided visual and performing arts classes for over 50 youth ages 11-17. She received support from Metro Council and Metro Parks who helped fund the project. Much of the money she received for the project, she personally put up and fundraised for. She received a Certificate of Merit from Louisville Metro Council and The Molly Lenard Community Service Award for her efforts.
In August of 2015 Erica produced the first Ed Hamilton Art Show that showcased the work of over 20 visual artists with her being one of them. Mayor Fisher, Senator Neal and several other dignitaries were present during this event that was a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the Old Walnut Street Family Strengthening Center. Ed Hamilton was so pleased with the art show that he agreed to make this an annual event.
Erica is currently a member of the Fund for the Arts 2016 Next class. NeXt is a nationally recognized program dedicated to preparing the next generation of emerging professionals for volunteer leadership roles within the Arts community. She is using this opportunity to soak up all the knowledge she can about arts organizations and networking with people who can help her along in her journey.
This summer Erica will launch a subsidiary to the KAA and start the Youth Repertory Theater Troupe of Louisville. This will be a youth run and operated community theater group. The first show of the season will be “The Wiz”. Erica hopes to give youth an opportunity to be a part of a professional theater group that produces quality musicals and plays that rival, and comparable to other community theater groups in the city.