Known for American Idol (Season 10), Minecraft Jams "Psycho Girl" writer & singer, (over 50 million views) Vanderpump Rules "Touch In Public,"commercials, ABC's The Unit, ABC Family, FOX & more. Voice is edgy, pop, sultry, clean & warm. "I started singing professionally at 11 in an acapella group before becoming the go-to session girl in Philly."
“I've touted Erika Schiff 's singing abilities for so long, it might seem like she's a woman in her 60s rather than the sprightly twenty something that she is. Philly's resident blue-eyed soul chanteuse pays her bills as a session singer, has done backing vocals for old area cats like John Eddie and sang in expansive jazz acts with avant-guys like Elliot Levin. But the woman I spoke to from the Hollywood set of American Idol early this year (Schiff was a contestant) has her debut album "In the Blonde" ready with a gig at Legendary Dobbs April 30."
---A. D. Amorosi, City Paper (Philadelphia)
Specializing in harmonies, vocal doubles/triples, a rich, velvety mid range, Erika has the tone and edge in her vocals to deliver a modern vocal track. She is the perfect fit for pop, soul, blues, jazz, dance, adult contemporary and more.
(Most comfortable range: C3- G5, Mezzo-Soprano)
As a Philly native, Erika earned her cred early on at 11 years old when she began singing pro in a 50‘s pop acapella quartet, followed by writing her own music and performing at Philly staple venues. She became one of the most sought after commercial pop singers in the city. Her voice can be heard on hundreds of commercials and television shows. She currently resides in LA.
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104 Reviews - 18 Repeat ClientsEndorse Erika Schiff
A truly unbelievable experience! Erika is one of a kind and an absolute professional. Her voice has such character, depth and personality and she truly elevated the song to being everything I had hoped it could be in my head. Her expression as a storyteller within the lyrics, her creativity with harmonies and ad libs, it’s all just stunning.
Erika is the perfect collaborator, she’s patient but fast, creative yet faithful to vision, I literally could not ask any more.
I cannot thank her emphatically enough, I cannot recommend her strongly enough.
Look forward to more of the same.
Once again: Erika is awesome! Exactly what I was looking for! Professional, friendly, timely!!! I'm very very happy with how this project turned out! Highly recommended!
Superb! I really enjoyed to work with Erika, great voice and sound!
I cannot recommend Erika highly enough! She is my go to singer for all of my projects, and consistently exceeds my great expectations!
Erika did a fantastic job with my lyrics. She brought her great vocals and exactly the right of bounce & emotion that was needed for the project. Am looking forward to working with her on many more projects.
Erika did a great job, and on time. She can deliver with a raspy or clean, soft or powerful voice. On top of that she's easy to communicate with, and responded quickly to my messages. I will get in touch with her for more songs in the future.
I thoroughly enjoy working with Erika, her depth and breadth of experience is exactly what is required to truly complete my compositions.
Great singer! Very creative and professional! I enjoyed working with her. Strongly recommend!
Erika did a wonderful job with the lyrics I provided. She gave it just the right emotion and attitude that i was looking for. Very much looking forward to future collaborations.
To make one's compositions shine - one needs a star! Erika consistently exceeds my expectations. It is a privilege to work with her.
Was very quick with a response, precise and sung a fantastic recording
Another outstanding job by superstar Erika. A pleasure to work with her (as usual). :)
When nothing but the finest will do!
Erika brings the essence of the song to full flower.🌺
I look forward to working with her at every opportunity
in the future. For my music, there is no other choice!
Terrific job by Erika. No surprises here :)
A Returning Customer. I've wanted to make even more improvements to Warrada's theme and it was quite successful. Erika does have a good voice for the project and it pairs well with the rock theme of it. I Recommend her because they are a great listener when it comes to adding specific details to the track which makes it even more awesome! I'm sure we will meet again to do another project in the future :)
Great job as usual. Thank you!
Great to work with Erika again. She's a superstar.
Erika has very powerful voice & is very committed. I was very happy with her work!
Working with Erika on my latest Project was a truly remarkable and wonderful experience. I am giving her 5 stars, only because there is not a 15 star option. Her Lead Vocals on my Song were downright amazing, and her Harmonizing Vocals were mesmerizing. What she did with my Song has actually left me at a loss for words. What she did was exceptional, extraordinary, and beyond my expectations. Her attention to detail of every aspect of my Project from start to finish was unparalleled.
Erika went beyond what was asked to help me get the vocals I needed to move forward.
Erika is a real pro. 👏👏👏
First, she has made new lyrics parts to my song, which really sits with the melody.
She also sang all the tracks, lead, harmonies, and layers perfectly in tone and tune.
She tweaks also melody lines very nicely.
Recordings was also pro quality.
I am so happy that I could work with her. I absolutely do more tracks with her.
Thank you, Erika.
Erika is a tremendous vocalist and songwriter. She will make your song better.
Erika was a pleasure to work with.
She was helpful and happy to offer suggestions that might make our working together both a positive productive experience.
She is an extremely talented musician,
with an incredible voice.
I’d love to work with Erika again.
I feel lucky to have met Erika. She’s outstanding.
Erika is an amazing singer. First off, she understands 100% the vision that you have, and she brings her vision too in order to make it better.
The voice of Erika on my track is literally a game-changer.
Professional singer, great writing skills, really strong and amazing voice!
Erika helped rework some lyrics for a chorus for me and it was outstanding. Made the song so much better!
I loved working with Erika, she quickly understood what I wanted and was really helpful all the way through. The quality and speed of her work has impressed me. Thank you very much Erika!
Erika has a great rock voice, very versatile. She adds alot of creative backing vocals and always makes a project better.
Erika always does a great job recording the full vocals on my tracks. Professional with top notch performance. She is my go to vocalist to make my songs shine.
First time I've worked with Erika and she did not disappoint. Not even close. Took her a few days to deliver a set of crisp clear well balanced vocals for my track with high quality. A pleasure to work with :) Highly recommended. A true professional!
As usual, a pleasure to work with Erika. Fantastic job and many more to come! ;)
Erika is a national level vocal talent. She's super creative and professional. Always enjoy working with her.
As usual, fantastic job by Erika. More to come!
Erika was a fantastic person to work with. She genuinely showed positive interest in the track and really brought her signature style to the project, which was a perfect fit. I'd 100% work with her again, and hope to!
Erika is the best!, makes any song come alive-
Ericka is incredible. From the very beginning, she captured exactly what I wanted in my songs and more. She is easy to work with as she always clearly communicates her creative progress with the beats, vocalists, and instruments. Ericka's delivery of the songs was perfect. Highly recommended.
Erika is a national talent. Huge vocals like Pink. And she's very creative with her backing vocals.
Erika is an amazing singer/writer. She exceeded my expectations and really knocked my song out of the park. Her vocals are very catchy and melodic. 10/10 recommend her! :)
Fantastic job (as usual). A pleasure to work with. She's a rock star!
Erika has a big time voice... as good as anyone in the world. She's super creative and adds so much to the vision for the project.
I'm very picky when it comes to vocalists. Erika blew my mind with the top line she provided for my song. Absolutely amazing!!!
Erika was a pleasure to work with! She was cooperative, went above and beyond, and was extremely professional. I look forward to working with her again in the near future!
As usual, a pleasure to work with Erika. A+ performer.
I have done a few rounds of work with Erika and she always brings her 'A' game. I look forward to working with her again...John
Fantastic job as usual. A+ professional.
Erika is a top notch singer. Her voice is incredible and she is extraordinarily creative, especially with layering backing vocals.
Always a pleasure to work with.
Erika is creative and was all-in to help fulfill my vision. Comparisons to Fergie seem appropriate but I don't know that Fergie writes her music...
Excellent backup volcalist. Good response time
A pleasure to work with. Very talented and professional. These are the first of many jobs that (hopefully) I will do with Erika.
Erika was really cooperative with polishing out this track by extending it and adding a new ending for which sounds much better then the last track provided! A gifted individual yes :)
Her choice of adding bass to the track i've provided for her and her lyrics sounded really great. I'll see if i can work with her more often in the future :)
Erika is a gifted individual who personally deserves better for what she has done to not only me, but to the others that have done requests for her as well. Warrada's Trilogy will now revive thanks to her voice! "We will meet again, i'm sure!"
Erika has a big time, international voice. She's a pro. A pleasure to work with.
Erika is a big time singer, who is coming into her own. We are all lucky we have the opportunity to work with her here on SoundBetter for the time being, because she won't be here for long. She also is a great communicator and she has character.
Erika is awesome! Exactly what I was looking for! Professional, friendly, timely!!! I'm very very happy with how this project turned out! Highly recommended!
Erika did a phenomenal job! Her voice is amazing and she is creative. Do not hesitate choosing her for vocals.
What a great voice with really tasteful harmonies and improvs! Excellent recording and tracking quality. Easy to work with - I highly recommend working with Erika on any vocal recording needs.
Love working with Erika! Quite frankly she made a vocal and lyrical masterpiece out of a song we did. Love it. She does beautiful work, super-cares about the music, and it's always an all around wonderful experience working with her! Erika rocks!
Super Talented, easy to work with and professional !
Erika , I think You did an awesome job ,and also I feel that you added some angelic harmonies and sustained energy from beginning to the end of the song . Thanks soooo much for your time and your talent
Erika was lovely to work with, has an amazing vocal range and perfected my song to better than what I had envisioned. Very happy with the outcome and grateful to have collaborated.
Erika consistently delivers MORE than what you thought you'd get. Going into our third year, she brings fire every time. This project in particular - WOW - can't wait to finish it up and get the video out!
Beautiful voice, great job, great talent. Thank you sooo much Erika
I love working with Erika! Amazing voice, true talent and absolute professionalism. Not to mention heart and soul. I highly recommend Erika to anyone. She's top of the line.
fast and on spot!
Recommended for high quality female vocals. Erika's got a cool voice and she's easy to work with. Professional and cordial. Exactly what was needed, thanks!
Erika was a great communicator attention to detail
Remarkable experience with a down to earth talented singer. Thanks Erika for surpassing our expectations and bringing the professional touch to our music. Good vibes from this sweet voiced woman. 😎
Erika is an amazing, outstanding singer with a fantastic voice and the soul for music. I highly recommend her!
Amazingly talented and professional lady, thank you for your great work!
Absolutely amazing topline, vocals and lyrics! Erika is super professional, so much fun to worth with, and so nice! She nailed the song we collaborated on! Awesome stuff. She does great and beautiful work, and will gladly be working with her again! : )
Erika is an outstanding singer. She has an amazing voice and range, and knows how to bring the words to life. I highly recommend her!
This Lady is exceptional. You would have to be crazy to not want to work with her. Breathtaking vocals!
Easy to work with. Really flexible, creative, and open minded. Excited to work with her.
Erika's voice is absolutely stunning and she was such a pleasure to work with. She's incredibly versatile and can deliver whatever direction you ask of her. In the event you don't know what direction you want, she has so many awesome creative ideas where she truly takes your song to the next level. I absolutely recommend Erika.
Erika is the harmony queen! She delivers more than what you're asking and is a real pleasure to work with. I've worked on a couple of projects with her and she fully understands direction and feedback. Plus, she always adds something unique to every song. This was a wonderful experience.
Erika is a real professional singer ! She perfectly knows how to make a perfect vocal part, with harmonies etc.
The quality is really high, her voice is really in tune.
I hope to work with her again in the future.
last but not least she is also really funny :)
Erika is exactly what I needed and more! She is very easy to work with and knows exactly how to deliver a fantastic product. Wait until she grips you with those harmonies...WOW!
A real find and a one of a kind :)
Erika is a consummate professional. She really has great instincts and is easy to work with.
joy to work with, open-minded and creative. great communication and wonderful results. you'll be pleased.
Fantastic! Erika truly has a gifted voice and more importantly for a writer, she has a strong melodic sense. She made my song much better by her artistic sense and creativity.
Original Rock Voice On My Song ... Great Job ... Thank You So So Much ...!!!
Erika did a fabulous job, I knew by hearing her voice she was the one. Once she understsnds your concept she is off and running. Communication was top notch. Great writing skills she will definitely be my go singer song writer!
AMAZING! , as always!
Couldn't be happier! Professional, on time, communicated very well and her voice is AMAZING! Will certainly be working with her again!
This is the second song I worked with Erika on and once again she delivered in spades!!
Always easy. Always smooth.
Most importantly though. ..stellar vocals!
Erika's the real deal. She takes instruction very well, she's organized and she's prompt. But best of all, she's a terrific singer able to morph into a plethora of various stylings, fitting into virtually any musical situation. I can't recommend her enough!
Working with Erika was an extreme pleasure. She is a tremendous individual and a tremendous talent. She took my limited knowledge of things musical and expanded it greatly. She was very good about modifying things within reason and did it brilliantly. The song she did for me was to honor my wife who died of cancer at 50 it was AWESOME!
Erika was hired to resing a song I had recorded vocals on myself.
This was a very difficult task, because I was deeply connected to the track emotionally and musically.
What she sent back was masterful and beyond my expectations (which was high).
She is super pro on all levels and I can't wait to send her more of my music to sing on!
Erika was a pleasure to work with! Very professional, creative and prompt. Will definitely look forward to working with Erika again!
Erika is an excellent vocalist, very easy to work with, and very professional. She knew just what to do instinctively. I would definitely use Erika again.
Erika is a very talented singer/song writer and delivers high quality results with a quick turn around. She provides brilliant vocals and harmonies that deliver great emotions to a song.She very organized, professional,easy to work with and delivers high quality results.
Erika has a powerful, sexy voice, great pitch control and a professional presence. A great pick for singer/songwriter.
Erika has an extremely commercial sound and is extraordinarily creative. She went beyond the call of duty on my projects with performances that didn't just add sounds to my songs, but character. She's also FAST. Terrific person to partner with!
Working with Erika was a great experience. She has an amazing voice, professional work ethic, ideas to strengthen the song, and she communicates quickly, clearly, and effectively. She is fun to work with and delivers a great performance at a great price in just a few days time! I will definitely be working with her again in the future.
You're not just looking for the standard "can get the job done as per description" blah di blah. You're looking for a partner!
Erika turns the boring ol client/provider relationship into an exciting collaboration between musicians.
A lovely experience with this bundle of fun and energy. Trust me....The force is strong with this one ;)
Erika is the real deal. I’ve always known she is an incredible singer, but after talking to her about a project she’s doing for me I can say that her professionalism is on par with her voice. She’s an ace!
Erika is one of the most professional, talented, and delightful vocalists I have ever worked with. She knocks every project out of the park: Anything from interpreting original material, to writing, to mimicking styles of other artists, etc -- she will bring the magic. Her delivery is rock solid, her files are legit. Erika is smart, helpful, organized, and positive. She understands both business and art-form, and she's straight up FUN to work with. Looking forwards to working with Erika more in the future!
6/5 Stars! Ericka is incredible. Extremely impressed as she understood exactly what I wanted from the very beginning. Ericka is phenomenal and has a remarkable talent. Ericka is comfortable to work with, she kept me in the loop with her progress, and her delivery was perfect. Ericka nailed the project. Favorably highly recommend Ericka for all your projects.
In addition to her insane vocal chops, Erika is immensely professional and seamlessly delivered everything I needed in a timely and logical fashion. Thank you so much for your efficient and high quality work!
Erika is a consummate professional on stage and of. Her live skills chops are top notch and in the studio she on point with whatever genre is on the agenda of the day. I am proud to work with her anytime because she's always right there with a smile whenever called upon. Keep up the great work Erika...
Erika is amazing! She over delivers and has great instincts, with little guidance. If you are looking for a singer who will go over and above to make your song better, she is the one. And oooh those fantastic harmonies!! I can't wait to work with such a professional again.
Interview with Erika Schiff
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Pheobe Danskin - super pro, current, nice
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. mic 2. head phones 3. keyboard/piano 4. laptop 5. my dog Taylor...world class assistant and muse. and after some SERIOUS bribing of the gods to get #6... 6. speakers
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Real, genuine, ethereal harmonies
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I am fast and high quality. Ya get what ya pay for. ;)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Singing, harmonies, vocal arranging, tuning, writing music, writing melodies, recording, tweaking your lyrics, writing lyrics, producing, Radio ID's, jingles, song writing collaborations, video editing, sourcing our other performers for your project, performing live.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jon Brion for his originality and dark undertones. Anything Jeff Lynne...he has amazing melodies, harmonies, orchestration...super catchy with a tinge of beautiful sadness, plus he is an incredible arranger and seems super fun to work with. Courtney Barnett...she's just cool. Too many to list.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A pretty sound, sultry sexiness. An original point of view. Unique yet catchy chord progressions and melodies. Clever, yet applicable lyrics. I'm a work horse and I enjoy when clients are super happy :)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Commercial sound with unique tone, vocal arranging, top-lines, writing jingles, comping vocals.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Cultivate a cohesive sound throughout your album or EP. It's easier on the listener if it feels like one body of work...not like a bag of rainbow skittles exploded in their ears. Keep it simple and get it done. Get out of your own way and work with people who create and stick to deadlines.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jeff Lynne because he seems genuinely cool...Bruno Mars...killer songwriter.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: An original song I co-wrote and just completed with Sharon Little. The song has not yet been released but every time I've listened to it I cry.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Always music and art. I was a fine art major in college and was always involved in the arts from childhood. Started as a dancer at age of two, never stopped going. Was in my first original band in ninth grade, got more involved in illustration in high school. Of all the creative fields, music was always my greatest love. Truthfully, I feel incomplete without any of them and enjoy creating in general.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be realistic and open to all possibilities! Try to have a clear idea of the vibe you want and don't expect anyone to deliver exactly what you may hear in your head. Let the pros do what you hired them to do :) Also understand that good quality will never be the cheapest but do it right the first time and you will end up spending less and having something you can be proud of.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the usage? Demographic? Style or example of something similar? How elaborate do you want to get, something simple or something more involved?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it doesn't take hours and hours of detailed attention and work. That it's always fun.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Question: How much? Answer: We need to figure out exactly what you want :P OR Question: Will you sing my funny lyrics? Answer: Absolutely :)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's always different.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will only send you work that I honestly feel is good enough.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Both have great qualities. I am not a purist of any kind.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Current pipeline: original music, music and video production for an A.I. tech company, radio ID's
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, rock, country, edm
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Slate Digital Audio Mic, Audio Technica AT 4050 Mic, Pro Tools. I have a home studio and easy access to high end studios.