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Erika Jo
Birth name Erika Jo Heriges
Born (1986-11-02) November 2, 1986 (age 28)
Origin Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, USA
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2005–present
Labels Universal South
Associated acts Jessi Colter

Erika Jo Vastola (née Heriges, born November 2, 1986 in Angleton, Texas), known simply by the stage name Erika Jo, is an American country music recording artist who was declared winner of the 2005 season of the Nashville Star television program. Eighteen years old at the time, Erika Jo is both the youngest person to win the competition and the first female winner. She was signed to Universal South Records in 2005 and released her self-titled debut album, which produced a chart single in "I Break Things", a No. 53 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. A second single from the album, a cover of the Jessi Colter hit, "I'm Not Lisa", failed to chart, and she was dropped from Universal South in 2007.

Early life[edit]

Erika Jo is the daughter of Bo and Paige Heriges. Erika Jo grew up in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, 15 miles east of Nashville and is a 2005 graduate of Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tennessee.


Erika Jo was also a national finalist in the 1999 True Value Country Showdown (now called the Colgate Country Showdown), a talent competition consisting of regional winners from across the United States. She also holds the distinction of being the youngest person ever to perform the National Anthem at University of Kentucky's famed Rupp Arena.

Her first single, "I Break Things", was released immediately upon her Nashville Star victory. The music video received heavy rotation on CMT and GAC, but the song peaked at No. 53. One subsequent single ("I'm Not Lisa") was released; it failed to reach the charts. Her only professional album, Erika Jo, was released by Universal South Records on June 14, 2005 and debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's country album chart, but the album, like its first single, enjoyed very limited success after its initial launch, selling just 118,829 copies through its first 11 months in release.[1] She was later dropped from Universal South.

Personal life[edit]

Erika Jo married Steven Vastola in 2013. They reside in suburban Nashville.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country
Erika Jo 5 27


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2005 "I Break Things" 53 Erika Jo
"I'm Not Lisa"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2005 "I Break Things" Warren P. Sonoda


  1. ^ (dead link) Tennessean.com Retrieved on 06-07-07
  2. ^ "Erika Jo Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Erika Jo Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Erika Jo Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 

External links[edit]

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Houston Press

Houston Press
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:15:00 -0700

“We're trying to have a public face this year, and so we want to be able to increase our diversity and increase our conversation with the other literary groups in town,” says Erika Jo Brown, co-curator of the reading series and poetry editor of the ...
Country Weekly
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 03:09:28 -0700

... Angela Hacker courtesy WBR, Season 2 by John Russell/USA, Buddy Jewell courtesy Sony Music, Erika Jo by John Russell/Karen Byrd PR, Kacey Musgraves by Christine Musgraves/Sandbox Entertainment, Melissa Lawson by John Russell/NBC, Miranda ...

Aitkin Independent Age

Aitkin Independent Age
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:23:16 -0700

The Iconic Fest event staffed 30-40 people with at least 20 of them being volunteers, including Caroline and Erik's daughter, Erika Jo. Now 20 years old, Erika Jo has been around backstage music events since she was 3 years old. She is now making an ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:30:51 -0700

Dom Zuccone, Kelly Ann Ellis, Vanessa Zimmer-Powell, Erika Jo Brown, B. J. Love, Elina Petrova, Fran Sanders, Betsy Huete, Dean Liscum, Chris Wise, Winston Derden, and Mehnaaz Momen. The big old charming house where I am fortunate enough to now ...
Taste of Country
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 07:00:00 -0800

and Chris Young was crowned the winner of Season 4, but mostly semi-obscure names like Erika Jo, Brad Cotter and Melissa Lawson ended up in the winner's circle. Musgraves competed in Season 5. The 18-year-old was fresh out of Texas at the time, and ...


Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:16:32 -0800

Miranda Lambert, believe it or not, got her start as a reality star. The Texas native was a 2003 finalist on "Nashville Star," a countrified version of "American Idol." Most of her fellow competitors have all but vanished. (Erika Jo, anyone?) But ...

Iowa City Press Citizen

Iowa City Press Citizen
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:10:42 -0800

... Sarah Gerard, Chloe Caldwell, Bennett Sims, Kerry Howley, Jenny Zhang, Monica McClure, Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Christopher Beha, Tom Lutz, Ben Fama, Niina Pollari, DJ Dolack, Erika Jo Brown, Eric Amling, Chet Weise, Nicholas Rombes, Michael ...
Chippewa Herald
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:35:50 -0700

... Michael Rude; great-grandchildren, Caroline “Charley” Burton, Dylan Giles, McKoy Meehan, Kaylynn Rude; significant other, Robert “Bob” Paulson of Chippewa Falls and Bob's daughters, Erika (Jo) Baldowin of Madison, Jennifer (Scott) Wundrow of Cadott ...

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