October London is a singer-songwriter-producer whose unique songs, such as his 2016 single “Color Blind” will soon earn him a Grammy nomination for Best New Song.
October London was born Jared Samuel Erskine on October 1986 in South Bend, Indiana. A natural tune-smith, October possesses an R&B-drenched honey-toned tenor, but he is also an artist who can create unique Pop, Country, Acoustic, Soul, & Adult Contemporary sounds that are one of a kind. He began singing at a young age and soon after started writing and producing his own songs and putting his many distinct gifts to use. When he was just a teenager, he moved in with one of his friends that showed high interest with music as well, and his outpouring of creativity added up to several early EPs, mix tape and hundreds of live shows from all around. Getting a lot of attention with his own creativity, lush sounds and his blend of worldly drum configurations, London began working with chart topping musicians without inking a deal with any record label. Since then, signing with a major label hasn’t been his main focus. In fact, his main objective is to create a plethora of great songs for his fans.
October London was born on October 17, 1986, in South Bend, Indiana, in the United States. When he was young, he began playing on his little red piano, showing early promise as a musical talent. When he was 5, October sang his first song in front of an audience of 1 in the living room of his late grandmother and grandfather’s house. His grandmother Addie Martin put on the hit classic by Michael Bolton “When a Man Loves a Woman”, and watched her grandson sing along to the record from beginning to end and blossom into this extremely talented man he is today. Although he has never headlined any major shows, he has opened up for artist like Inner Circle, Rick Ross, Flo-rida and more. as a young musician, October found added inspiration to old school artist growing up like Luther Vandross, Rick James, Teena Marie, Stevie Wonder and Zapp & Roger. As the story goes, It wasn’t long before London was recording CDs and selling them out of the trunk of a van owned by a very close friend of his by the name of Quincy Young aka Demarco Black. He and Black soon put together his first official Mixtape titled “World Premiere”, which earned him thousands of faithful fans for years to come.
Moving Towards Success
In October’s early 20’s, he found a need for accomplishment and an abiding ambition that drove him out to Los Angeles California for the summer to live with his sister, a successfully known actress by the name of Ivonnah Erskine. Thinking he could find gigs on the big city, London left home with his notepad and a backpack full of clothes, and took flight to make connections. He Began to shake hands with some huge stars like Kevin hart, and Nick Cannon. During his visit in LA he got to have sit downs and dinners with artist like Bow Wow, Omarion and Marques Houston. Although October met some amazing people, his journey didn’t quite end there with a balloon full of success. In fact, his balloon burst in a matter of months landing him on a flight back to South Bend where he would start over. This did not leave him discouraged, nor did it leave him red faced about his shortcomings on the west coast. This in fact pushed him harder towards his dream.
The Next Level
It wasn’t until 2009 that October London made the leap to the next level in his career, via flight to Miami, a route October had learned to use with great effectiveness. It started with an opening show for Flo-rida he auditioned got the attention of a show provider, October was asked to go to Miami to meet up with some huge stars the show provider knew. This led to an even larger connection to musicians October has met like, Ne-yo, Flo-Rida, Shakira, Wayne Wonder, Jagged Edge, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and a list full more. These connections were made during a few recording sessions at Miami’s own “Circle house Studios” owned by the bad boys of reggae known as Inner Circle. While October London moved about Circle House Studios, he met a orthopedic surgeon by the name of Michael Letter. Michael Letter, who also had a deep passion for music asked October to add vocals on his song he created named “Super Woman” which was originally for Enrique Iglesias do to connections he had with the producer of the hit record by “Shawty Lo” titled “Dey Know” by the name of Ballis. Immediately after the connection, London struck a musical creative spurt and went on to make over 600 unreleased records over the last 6 years.
2015 and Beyond
October London, has been on the grind, moving his career forward. He’s moved freely about the country and connected with stars in ways that an independent artist can’t imagine. In 2011-2012 October met Legendary Jerry Barnes through the late long time pioneer and Ex-Senior Vice President of Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records “Francesca Spero”. In 2013-2014 London completed three singles, with Barnes under the name “Sam London” titled “Love Without the Love”, “Sugar Free” and “Waiting For You (Xmas)”. October then closed the year down with his critically acclaimed 4-track “Introduction Ep”. Earlier that year, October dropped the superb dance pop track -“Move Your Body (feat. Nile Rodgers & Tripp Caimbridge)”, which was also featured on NBC’s Mysteries of Laura with Debra Messing – proving yet again that he is only just starting to unleash his unlimited ocean of talent. If you are looking for music to make you want to dance and move your hips, this is the ONE!
This single really resembles the kind of effort that a young talented man like October London can be capable of accomplishing.
“Move Your Body (feat. Nile Rodgers & Tripp Caimbridge)” has to be one of the most invigoratingly fresh and exciting dance-oriented songs of the year! This track combines sounds of old school disco (of which Nile Rodgers was an absolute master), pop, dance, a funky bass line and even some subtle hip-hop undertones. It’s the perfect mix of uplifting and energetic sounds. October’s voice makes the song sound so classic, so cool and timeless, separating him from most other artists currently treading this genre, in every way possible. This track could comfortably fit as far back as the Seventies when “Disco Inferno” by The Tramps ruled the airwaves and dance floors – as much as it could settle itself beside Maroon 5 or John Legend, on any Billboard Top 100 chart right now! October London’s voice enchants the very words that he brings to fullness. Armed with charisma, a charming voice and more, October London is predestined for success. He sounds like nothing you’ve heard in a long time!