The story of The Glass Child, Charlotte Eriksson, is one of those you usually see on movies. Only 18 years old she took off to London all on her own, leaving everything she had to dedicate her life to her music and art. Landed in the UK, she spent two years traveling, wandering and learning – a worn out bag and a guitar as her only traveling companions, friends’ couches were her home. Her journey actually became a tour that brought Charlotte to play all over the UK, connecting with fans and followers through her raw voice and resulted in an exploding online-buzz. With nothing but hard work and determination she’s created a community of incredibly dedicated fans with 19,000 followers on twitter and her social networking sites.
With her own label, Broken Glass Records, Charlotte produced and released 3 critically acclaimed EPs, and in just a few days, the single ’I Will Lead You Home’ – released for the Swedish cancer-organization ’Ung Cancer’ - reached #2 on the Swedish iTunes chart and has now been played over 500,000 times on YouTube. With this exposure, Charlotte was named Breakthrough Indie Artist of the Year by Lemonade Magazine and has been played on major radios such as BBC6, Sveriges Radio (Sweden) and 3FM (Netherlands).
Now, after a new journey of self-discovery and 3 singles off the album, The Glass Child is releasing her highly anticipated full-length debut ‘I’d like to remain a mystery’: the first single, Stay, was released on February 12th followed by the release of the album February 26th. After letting her fans be a part of her journey through her writings, journaling, prose and poetry on her blog, she’s also self-publishing her first book later this spring called “Empty Roads and Broken Bottles”, as a follow-up to the album. An autobiographic story about her journey on the road, building her life on art and what it means to love and lose and never give up.
”I wanted to turn my life into my art. My very existence into a poem. This is my story - it’s been a beautiful fight. It still is.”
Excerpt from Charlotte’s upcoming book ”Empty roads and broken bottles”:
I packed light and spent 18 months on the road, homeless and at home. Lost but unable to be lost because I had no destination. I arrived in new cities every morning, scraped coins to afford coffee and then tried to find the busiest venue in town where I begged to get to play a set or two. If I was lucky I sold albums enough to afford the train the next day. If I was luckier I could afford whiskey and if I was a god damn star I got some tip from the sound-guy. You read and write and sing and experience, thinking that one day these things will build the character you admire to live as. You love and lose and bleed best you can to the extreme, hoping that one day the world will read you as the poem you want to be. One day, things will change and you will not have to struggle every day to convince people that you and your art is good enough. One day, you will simply be able to be you, and be okay with that. …
… But somewhere on the road I started to feel drained. There I was with no belongings but my guitar and a few pair of clothes, ripping my heart out in every single way, but no one seemed to understand what I was saying, what I was singing about, what I tried to do. I screamed my heart out every night, and no one seemed to care. I pushed and cried and fought and struggled my way through the days, with nothing in return but the so called blessing of getting to do it the next day again. A constant fever from sleeping on floors, cheap instant coffee and if I’m lucky a little tip under the table from the bar-staff. I loved living like a wanderer, not owning keys, new beginnings every day, but I started to get scared. You’re never really relaxed, you’re always watching your back, always worrying. Will things ever change?”
I learned more than I ever thought I would this year, and I learned it by the ruthless life itself. I’m ready to use my struggles, the strength I’ve grown and the lessons I’ve learned to tell the world about the artist, the person I’ve come to be. I’m not doing this to get the world’s approval anymore. I know what I want now. For so long I let my life slip through my fingers, like water.
I’m holding on to it now, and I’m not letting go. “
Edited by theGlassChild on 12 Feb 2013, 13:18
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