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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.
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. She was later dropped from Universal South.
Erika Jo married Steven Vastola in 2013. They reside in suburban Nashville.
Taste of Country
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 07:05:14 -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 ...
Waterbury Republican American
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 23:08:59 -0700
Country singer Erika Jo is 28. Actor-singer Kendall Schmidt is 24. Thought for Today: “The amount of sleep required by the average person is just five minutes more." — Anonymous. (Above Advance for Use Sunday, Nov. 2) Copyright 2014, The Associated ...
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Shannon Messenger: Author will discuss and sign "Everblaze," 5 p.m., Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial; 281-497-8675 or bluewillowbookshop.com. Stuart Neville and Paul Charles: Neville will discuss and sign "The Final Silence" and Charles will ...
Athens Daily Review
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:57:01 -0700
In a rare occurrence, a Henderson County grand jury returned capital murder indictments against two defendants on Wednesday. Facing prosecution for capital murder are Stacie Marie Parsons, 25, who was arrested on July 21 for killing for four-year-old ...
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... 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 ...
Sun, 09 Nov 2014 06:03:45 -0800
Erika Jo Brown and Martin Rock: Brown will discuss and sign “I'm Your Huckleberry” and Rock will discuss and sign “Dear Mark,” 7 p.m., Brazos Bookstore. SATURDAY (11/15) Ralph Yznaga: Author wwill discuss and sign “Living Witness: Historic Trees of ...
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