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Published on September 17th, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson

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O’Jays Member Eric Nolan Releases 3rd Solo Single

As one of the most acclaimed music groups of all times, The O’Jays continue to burn up the tour circuit after more than four decades, and recently announced their upcoming performance schedule. The tour began August 7, 2015, and now continues through February 12th, 2016-with numerous venues set in between. While the powerhouse vocalists are performing their legendary music coast-to-coast, group member Eric Nolan will also be releasing his third single entitled, “Cologne”off his first solo Album,”Mood Swing” (released in 2014). Nolan will be available for interviews and special appearances that parallel his O’Jays Itinerary (See below).

After he joined the group in 1997, debuting on the O’Jays’ R&B charted “Love You to Tears,” by 2001, they released their chart-topper “For the Love,” receiving a 2002 Grammy nomination, followed by the 2004 album “Imagination” (under Music World). The notable achievements he has accomplished performing and writing with the group are astonishing: Induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, followed in 2005 with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a BET 2009 “Lifetime Achievement Award,” and a 2011 “Trumpet Lifetime Achievement Award.” Other notables include performances for the 2006 ESPY awards, and the DVD and PBS Special, “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia,”

He has toured the world, performing as far as South Africa, and as an actor appeared in “The Fighting Temptations” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé (earning a Gold Record Award for his contribution to the movie’s soundtrack). In June of 2011, he began partnership with Jayshawn Champion launching Boy Wonder Records. The label is currently overseeing projects for Nolan as a solo artist, Billy Rich, as well as G-Men and Nehemie. In songwriting partnership with Champion, the two have co-written songs for Confunction’s “Your Night,” Charlie Wilson’s “Stay/Show You,” and Johnny Gill’s “Strong out.” In July of 2014, he released his first solo project, “Mood Swing” with the initial cut “Reminds Me” becoming a mainstay of Smooth-Jazz station 107.3 FM. Reaching #8 on the Urban Adult Contemporary charts, #17 on Sirius XM Radio; it was also a popular choice on iHeart, Spotify, Pandora, and other major streams. The album includes a duet with O’Jays singing partner Walter William Sr.,while second single “I Miss You”has steadily climbed the Jazz charts since its release.

Nolan successfully maneuvers his talents through running his record label, writing hits for hit-makers, while still managing to thrill audiences as the third O’Jays member. Old fans and new listeners alike can get their fix with the tour, as well as something fresh with the third release off “Mood Swing”-the addictive tune “Cologne.” Catch Eric Nolan live with the O’Jays at a city near you at the dates listed.




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