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Spotlight: Eric Hutchinson

If there is an overriding theme to Eric Hutchinson's career, it's his relentless pursuit of the kind of feel-good music that will make his fans dance and sing while still managing to ponder the beauty and humor that comes from fully experiencing life. This journey had come to a crossroads this past year, as the 35-year-old singer/songwriter/performer changed management, stripped down his sound and embraced the mantle of producer, all the while spending months working on his fourth studio album, Easy Street. This has taken many forms for Hutchinson since he released his first album, Sounds Like This in 2007. Easy Street is arguably Hutchinson's most insightful and in some ways autobiographical work, which manages to balance the profound concepts of evolving and acceptance into a relatable sonic expression. In fact, each song on Easy Street is a study in personal, professional and generational divides; including the seemingly airy if not catchy pop of "Lost in Paradise" that speaks to the wanderer in us all. Hutchinson also plays with music business preconceptions, specifically facing the gnawing guilt over success in "Good Rhythm" or his escaping the shadow of his musical heroes to forge his own unique voice in "Same Old Thing". The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Eric Hutchinson to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and discussion surrounding his career and new album, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.