Senior’s song on Top 50 independent list

Tuesday March 25 2014

 

eddy faulknerSinger-songwriter Eddy Faulkner ’14 has a new original single, "I Won't Give Up," which came out March 25. 

Ahead of its global release, "I Won't Give Up" appeared on the National Top 200 Airplay Chart two weeks in a row, climbing to 163, and is now at #31 on the National Top 50 Independent airplay chart.

His label sent out this news release today.

“It's crazy and my label, family, manager, and I are all super surprised and very excited that it happened this fast,” Eddy said.

Check out an interview with Eddy on WSET.

Eddy made news earlier last year in September after signing with a record label called Premier Records, Inc., which included his recording of “O Holy Night” on a Christmas album.

At that time Eddy said, “I think everyone was shocked it happened this fast.  I’ve been doing this singer, songwriter, and musician thing for three to four years and it’s so exciting to see this happen.  I can’t wait to see what happens next in my career.”

A management major, Eddy started singing, playing guitar, and writing songs at the start of his freshman year at LC. While he has always loved music (he played trumpet in elementary, middle, and high schools and discovered the drums his senior year in high school), he started finding his voice in college. He is entirely self-taught. 

Eddy has written numerous songs, which he says fall under the broad umbrella of “pop,” and are about love and life experiences. Premier Records will help him promote his first single and/or album after he graduates in May. “My goal is to create stuff that’s really universal,” he said. “I hope to write songs in the future for other people, too.” 

Eddy says he connected with Premier Records via Facebook, where he does a lot of self-promotion. YouTube and Linked In are other social media platforms that have helped him connect with others in the music industry. 

A native of Arlington, Va., Eddy did an internship over the summer with a recording studio in Washington, D.C.  He made many new contacts there including his first contact with Laura Patterson of Premier Records. “She liked my version of O Holy Night,” Eddy said. “She said it brought tears to her eyes.” You can preview a minute of the song.

An Eagle Scout who played baseball through his junior year in high school, Eddy said he likes to play soccer and work out when he’s not studying, playing guitar, or writing songs. 

People often ask about his ethnic background and he is proud to tell them he is half Asian (Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, and Japanese) and half European (German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish). 

What else should we know? “I’m single,” he says, “and I just got signed to a record label.”