Shane Ericks is a YouTube sensation whose covers of classic rock and pop songs have racked up millions of views. She’s an acclaimed musician, a singer-songwriter, and an international performing artist.
Shane has been called the Karen Carpenter of the Philippines, and for good reason. Her deeply soulful voice carries echoes of the clear and pure alto of the tragic songstress, but without the dark edges that infused Carpenter’s music.
Her covers of Carpenters’ songs such as “You,” “Top of the World,” and “Love Me for What I Am” have generated millions of views on Facebook and YouTube.
Shane’s dream is to heal and uplift people through her music, and in recent months, she’s been spreading the joy of her music throughout the world.
Born in the Philippines, Shane has spent the past 10 years in Greenville, South Carolina. She was crowned as Grand Champion Global Pinoy Idol, triumphing over award-winning Filipino singers from around the world. She has toured Europe, performing in Bern and Zurich, Switzerland; London, England; Swansea, Wales; Florence, Italy; and Dublin, Ireland.
Returning to North America, Shane opened for renowned singer-songwriter David Pomeranz in New York City and performed in the Oceans Ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
She also headlined the opening day of the Flavours of the Philippines Festival in Toronto, Ontario, in August 2018.
In the midst of a busy touring schedule, Shane has continued her creative streak, adding new compositions to her set lists, and continuing to record solo and collaborative videos for her social media channels.
Shane released her first single, “Your Love is Enough,” on Amazon and iTunes in 2016, and after finding fan support on Patreon, she plans to use crowd-funding to help finance her forthcoming EP.
Ericks never guessed that her love for the Carpenters, as well as other pop-rock bands from the 1970s such as Bread and the Bee Gees, would make such a splash. Her songs have caught the attention of musicians who worked with Karen Carpenter, and when folks who had such a close connection with Carpenter say that you sound like the late singer, you know they’re speaking from the heart.
Drummer Liberty DeVitto, who worked on Carpenter’s solo album, made a point of meeting Ericks and telling her how much her music means to him, and songwriter Donnie Demers said Ericks’ voice is “as close to the voice of Karen Carpenter as any I’ve ever heard.”
While Ericks’ voice is a soulful echo of Karen Carpenter’s, the young singer also finds inspiration in contemporary artists such as Adele, Norah Jones and Colbie Caillat.
But the most important influence in Ericks’ life and work is her faith in God. Her Christian faith infuses her work, and it keeps her grounded.
Music, Ericks says, “is just a bonus for me. It’s a gift from God, and I have to give it back.”