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Erin Bode (her surname is pronounced as two syllables, each with long vowels) is a singer who is comfortable mixing jazz standards with well-known pop tunes and classics from the Great American Songbook in a typical performance. The daughter of a Lutheran pastor who was raised in a musical household in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Bode sang in a church choir as a teenager before discovering jazz and big-band music while in high school in St. Louis. She also studied trumpet and participated in theater, eventually deciding to pursue a music degree. Starting at the University of Minnesota, she transferred back to the more intimate setting of Webster University in St. Louis, where she benefited from the tutelage of jazz pianist and singer Christine Hitt. She joined the jazz vocal ensemble at Webster and also sat in with Hitt during the pianist's local gigs at her instructor's invitation. Bode earned her degree in music and foreign languages, remaining in St. Louis to play engagements in the area. Following the release of a self-produced CD (Requests) in 2001, which included a locally popular version of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," her career took off. Receiving heavy local airplay, she was signed to the St. Louis- based Maxjazz label, which released her CD Don't Take Your Time in 2004, and included an updated version of "Time After Time" that was inspired by the late singer Eva Cassidy. This CD gave her much greater national exposure. Erin Bode has frequently been compared by critics and jazz radio hosts to both Cassidy and the young jazz superstar Norah Jones for her willingness to explore a wide range of material in a fresh, often subtle manner.
Erin Bode is an American singer. Though Bode began her recording career in 2001, she has already garnered much praise. She has been called "someone you won't forget" who is able to "explore a wide range of material in a fresh, often subtle manner" and that possesses a voice that has "great purity, perfect pitch and impressive phrasing." She has appeared on national television within the United States on the shows Fox & Friends Weekend and The Saturday Early Show.Cheryl Hughey. "Erin Bode: Don't Take Your Time". Retrieved 2006-12-24. Ken Dryden. "Erin Bode Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2006-12-24. George Graham (March 1, 2006). "George Graham Reviews Erin Bode's "Over and Over"". Retrieved 2006-12-24.
Bode was born the youngest of four children in Wayzata, Minnesota near Minneapolis-St. Paul to a Lutheran minister who emphasized music, leading her to join a church choir. While a high school student, first at Lutheran High School South in St. Louis, Missouri, and then at Eureka High School in Eureka, Missouri (where she graduated in 1995), Bode excelled at the trumpet (which she borrowed from her older brother) and performed in sixteen theatre productions.
She began college at the University of Minnesota before transferring to Webster University, during which time she performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for three seasons. She was influenced by jazz pianist/singer Christine Hitt, a teacher at Webster, who introduced Bode to jazz and often invited her to sing during select shows in the area. Her first such show was at the Missouri Athletic Club. Bode graduated with a degree in music and foreign languages (Italian and French), though she changed her major from classical music during her time at Webster.
Bode remained in the area upon graduation and produced her first studio album, Requests, in 2001. The album brought her enough local attention, due in part to a cover of Cyndi Lauper's song "Time After Time", that she was signed to St. Louis jazz label MAXJAZZ.Stephanie Kiszczak (October 13, 2005). "The people you know... alumna Erin Bode". Retrieved 2006-12-24. Cite error: The named reference JAI was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "Persons of Interest: Erin Bode". Ladue News. May 17, 2012. Cite error: The named reference AMG was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Cite error: The named reference GG was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
Erin Bode Trio
Bode's band, The Erin Bode Trio, was first formed during her time at Webster and, during its beginnings, saw a number of revolving door musicians from the college. The group reached consistency eventually in 2003 before the recording of their first major studio album for Max Jazz. The group now consists of pianist Adam Maness, drummer Derrek Phillips and bassist Syd Rodway, Bode's husband. Maness is also co-lyricist, along with Bode. The band has recorded two albums to date with Max Jazz, 2004's Don't Take Your Time and 2006's Over and Over, the latter of which reached a peak position of seventeenth on the Billboard chart for Top Jazz Albums in 2006. Bode has also recorded with Peter Martin and Rick Recht. She has just released her new album "The Little Garden".Cite error: The named reference Journal was invoked but never defined (see the help page).