Mobile DJ Erika Van Pelt also works part time as a wedding singer. She began signing at an early age, along with her sister, as members of their church’s children’s choir. Erika attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she studied jazz, rock, pop and soul in addition to production and engineering. She is the lead singer of Wayz and Means, and she also performs with The Sultans of Swing.
Erika was voted off of American Idol on March 22, 2012 after her performance Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind.
|Episode||Song||Randy's Comments||Jennifer's Comments||Steven's Comments|
Songs from Billy Joel
|New York State of Mind (Billy Joel)||Let me just say this…First of all, I love the look! I think you’re one of the best singers in this the whole season.||It was such a beautiful, beautiful vocal…I love to see you more when you let loose vocally at the end, but also let loose in your body too.||You could’ve put more character into it but later for that.|
Songs from Birth Year
|Heaven (Bryan Adams)||For me, it was like 8 out of 10…just be careful not to make too much out of a great classic song like that…||You are this year’s Janis Joplin as far as I’m concerned.||I think you’re too busy all over it. When a song is that pretty, you gotta stay with it, stay with the melody.|
Songs from Stevie Wonder & Whitney Houston
|I Believe in You(Whitney Houston)||I was like you sold me, I was like yes, yes, go!||I had goosies before you even started…I cannot wait until you stop thinking and when you let loose on this audience.||In the beginning you sat there with the melody and then you climbed up to the pre-course, and when you finally came to the chorus you put yourself into it and it was so beautiful. The placer reacted exactly how you sang. It was perfect. I think you’re great.|