Edrick Miles challenges all musical boundaries by etching his identity in today’s highly competitive market. His list of production and songwriting credits resembles a collage of music paintings of Hip-Hop, Pop and R&B that transforms organic musical textures to cater to the artist that he works with. His unique soul and pop-savvy style is flexible enough to transcend into many genres and eclectic musical formats.
He has worked with industry notables such as Trey Songz, Joe Thomas, Ty Dolla Sign, Kevin Ross, and Kevin Gates, just to name a few. The Pleasant Grove, North Carolina native was first exposed to music at a very young age by his father Edward Miles who was a former disc jockey that turned into a minister with his own church. His father cultivated his love of music by keeping artist like Prince, Elton John, Phil Collins, and Al Green in constant rotation during his son’s early childhood. Edrick also played drums for his father’s church at the age of 9 and became the lead musician before his teenage years.
After high school he attended Winston-Salem State University, to play on the drum line and major in music. “I always wanted to be a recording artist and picked up producing as a hobby,” he explains. “I wasn’t really feeling school or the thought of working in corporate America he goes on to say.”
Edrick left college during his sophomore year and devoted all his energy to music. Edrick, along with his father and future business partner Duane “Dynamite” Whitlock, took trips to NYC and Atlanta for almost a year going to different studios working with independent artists. They then got a phone call while on a trip to Atlanta from a family friend named Tyler Turner. Tyler said a producer named Gerald Isaac called him wanting to know if he knew how to contact a kid named Miles who made beats. Gerald was known for his work with Mary J. Blige, Mario, Angie Stone, Joe Thomas and many other Grammy award-winning artists.
After the connection Edrick moved to Connecticut with Gerald to develop his songwriting and production skills. A year later Edrick moved back to North Carolina and was introduced to former manager Stacy “Grandmaster Slice” Rogers who had the hit singles “Electric Slide and Thinking of You” on Jive Records.
Upon traveling to Texas and Atlanta, Edrick developed an incredibly close and creative relationship with artist Trey Songz. Edrick played a huge role in the creation of the critically acclaimed “Ready Album” and also the “Passion, Pain, and Pleasure” album. Landing a co-write on Trey Songz biggest single of his career “Bottom’s Up.”
Edrick is now forging his way into an elite circle of producers, songwriters, and putting the finishing touches on his artistry for his debut release. “My sound is universal and I just feel like musically, I can do anything. There isn’t any genre that I can’t get with if it’s a good song. I feel like my sound comes from just having a genuine passion for music.”
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