A lot of people who come to this site will know Eran and his music. They will remember a child with a beautiful voice and an understanding of Soul completely beyond his years. A gift. Eran was taken on by the world’s biggest record company at 12 years old. His interpretations of Soul Classics won admiration and a growing following in and around Australia. By the time he was 16 Eran was in New York working with the city’s best writer’s arrangers and musicians. So what happened next? What happened next was that Elton John heard Eran sing! Elton put Eran on the road, supporting Elton’s sell-out Aussie tours. Audiences fell for the teenager with the God-given voice and Elton asked Eran what he wanted. “I want to play, write and sing songs that come from my life, my heart, my experiences which touch the lives of others. Maybe to heal, maybe to provoke a reaction.” Eran moved to London in 2008 under the guidance of Elton & his management team. He was all set to take the usual routes into commercial music but he wanted to give Eran a say in things for the first time. What Eran said was surprising. “I want to get a job, get a flat, experience another version of real life and start to write about life” Eran is, by his own admission, a very realised guy. “I guess objectively I’ve had a tricky life. Being an immigrant son outside the mainstream of Aussie culture but still feeling an Aussie at heart.
The death of my mother so young. Travelling around the world as a child singer. All these things I felt and feel very deeply and I wanted to express this in a way which chimed with others. I always felt I could feel what others were going through” “Elton has been a huge help to me. He gave me confidence in my own songs. He kept faith with me. He told me that he only started to find himself when he and Bernie Taupin stopped trying to write hits and started trying to write great songs. Forget the beats and the production and the makeup. Get the songs right and find your heart.
It’s all a lot simpler now, my songs are stories about ordinary people like me. I think it’s ordinary people who will get it. I don’t want two years as a pop sensation. I want a lifetime of thinking about the world, writing about it and sharing my hopes and fears with the people who need it most. Turning your own sorrow and joy around to face the world and sharing with them is the only goal worth having”
Eran’s latest supporter and collaborator, Grammy award winning producer Robin Millar is putting his neck and reputation on the line for Eran. “The only other time in my career that I bust into a bedroom at 3 in the morning, roused my woman and cried ‘just listen to this’ was after my first week in a studio with Sade. I’d just finished recording Smooth Operator. The artist was unsigned and no one liked the song. I pushed and pushed to get it released. When we finished the first six songs with Eran I woke Shelley, put headphones on her head and pressed play. After two minutes she started to cry. After four minutes she started to laugh and kissed me. I will push and push until Eran’s sublime music is heard as it should be. Anyone who has a heart and a soul and who cares about the world should listen to Eran”