Eric Bellinger

Eric Aldwin Bellinger Jr. (born March 26, 1984)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer from Los Angeles. He began songwriting in 2010, and his co-writing credits including "Lemme See" by Usher, "New Flame" by Chris Brown, "You Don't Know" by Tank, "Right Here" by Justin Bieber, and "Disrespectful" by Trey Songz.[2] In 2011, Bellinger won a Grammy in the category of Best R&B Album for contribution to Chris Brown's album F.A.M.E.. In 2014, Bellinger renewed focus on his recording career and released his debut album, The Rebirth in February of that year. He then released two extended plays with 300 Entertainment, Eric B for President: Term 1 in 2016, and Eric B for President: Term 2 in 2017.

Eric Bellinger
Bellinger performing in 2013
Bellinger performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameEric Aldwin Bellinger Jr.
Born (1984-03-26) March 26, 1984 (age 38)
Norwalk, California, U.S.
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2010–present
Labels
Formerly of
Spouse
(m. 2015)
Children2
Websitewww.ericbellinger.com

Early lifeEdit

Bellinger grew up in Los Angeles, California, but attended schools in the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs area, where he met his future manager Nieman Johnson. Bellinger is the grandson of Jackson 5 songwriter Bobby Day.[3]

CareerEdit

The Writing Camp and early careerEdit

Bellinger had earned a football scholarship to University of Southern California, but rejected the offer to record and tour with R&B group AKNU. The group was signed to Epic Records by executives Max Gousse and Tommy Mottola, and in 2010 he was invited to work with songwriting collective The Writing Camp by childhood friend and mentor Erika Nuri.[4][5] Bellinger first co-wrote for pop acts such as Selena Gomez and the Scene, Jacob Latimore, and Big Time Rush, until 2012 when he contributed to the song "Death Penalty" on Los Angeles rapper The Game's mixtape California Republic.[5][6][7] Bellinger's connection with The Game led to him writing and featuring on several songs off The Game's album The Documentary 2, for which he received greater recognition and signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV.[8] However, complications with Bellinger's songwriting catalogue caused him to leave Sony ATV to sign with publisher BMI.[9]

Solo career and The RebirthEdit

In 2013, Bellinger released a three-part series of mixtapes: Born II Sing Vol. 1,[10] Born II Sing Vol. 2,[11] and Born II Sing Vol. 3.[12] Bellinger released his debut studio album, The Rebirth, on May 17, 2014, as a double album.[13] The Rebirth peaked at 23 on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts, and 15 on the US R&B chart, and also entered the Heatseakers Albums chart.[14]

Bellinger followed The Rebirth with the studio albums, Cuffing Season and Cuffing Season, Part 2, which released in July 2015 and December 2015, respectively. Cuffing Season peaked at 6 on the US R&B chart, while Cuffing Season, Part 2 peaked at 23.[15][16]

Bellinger released two mixtapes in the spring of 2016, Choose Up Season and Eventually.[17] Choose Up Season featured the song "Valet" featuring Fetty Wap and 2 Chainz.[18]

Between 2016 and 2017, Bellinger released three extended plays as part of the Eric B. for President series, the title referencing the Eric B & Rakim song "Eric B. Is President". The Eric B. for President series featured two full-instrumental extended plays: Eric B for President: Term 1, released on September 9, 2016, an acoustic remake of the EP titled Term 1, titled Eric B for President: Term 1 (Acoustic), released on January 20, 2017, and Eric B for President: Term 2, released on March 10, 2017.[19][20] G.O.A.T. (combiner two version) and Drive By Certifications Gold from RIAA.[21]

On April 6, 2018, Bellinger released the album Eazy Call. One month later, while on his Eazy Call Tour, Bellinger released a 5-track EP, Meditation Music, to commemorate National Meditation Day (May 21). This project was inspired by yoga and meditation which he claimed changed his life for the better. The 5 tracks ("Meditate", "Frequency" (ft. Blaq Tuxedo), "Chakras", "Hours" and "Massage") were later joined into a single 20min track titled after the EP name, Meditation Music.

On September 10, 2021, Bellinger released New Light, the album which earned him his first Grammy nomination as an artist: Best Progressive R&B Album. In May 2022, Bellinger announced his publishing deal with Roc Nation. It was also announced that he performs the theme song of the Sesame Street spinoff series Mecha Builders, alongside Shanice.[22]

AwardsEdit

As a songwriter

In 2011, Bellinger won a Grammy in the category of Best R&B Album for his work on F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown (he wrote "She Ain't You" and Say It with Me").[23]

As a songwriter, he was nominated three other times for a Grammy: two nominations for Best Urban Contemporary Album (Fortunate and X by Chris Brown) and one nomination for Best R&B Song (for "New Flame" from X by Chris Brown).

In 2013, Bellinger co-wrote "Lemme See" by Usher, which was named an ASCAP Award Winning R&B/Hip-Hop Song.[24][25]

As an artist

As an artist, Bellinger's album "New Light" (2021) received a nomination for Best Progressive R&B Album at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

Year Nominee / work Ceremony Category Result
2012 F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown
(as a songwriter)
54th Annual Grammy Awards Best R&B Album Won
2013 Fortune by Chris Brown
(as a songwriter)
54th Annual Grammy Awards Best Urban Contemporary Album Nominated
2015 X by Chris Brown
(as a songwriter)
57th Annual Grammy Awards Best Urban Contemporary Album Nominated
"New Flame" by Chris Brown
(as a songwriter)
57th Annual Grammy Awards Best R&B Song Nominated
2022 New Light by Eric Bellinger
(as an artist)
64th Annual Grammy Awards Best Progressive R&B Album Nominated

Personal lifeEdit

Bellinger married La'Myia Good on January 1, 2015.[26][27] Bellinger and Good met in the early 2000s in Los Angeles, where both were working on music with the same manager before losing contact for a few years, they re-connected later.[28] Bellinger and Good have 2 sons, Elysha and Eazy Bellinger.[29] Bellinger is the brother-in-law of Meagan Good.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[30]
US R&B/
HH
US
R&B
The Rebirth[14] [A] 23 15
Cuffing Season[15][31]
  • Released: July 17, 2015
  • Label: YFS/300
  • Format: Digital download
[B] 6
Cuffing Season, Part 2[16]
  • Released: December 4, 2015
  • Label: YFS/300
  • Format: Digital download
[C] 23
Eazy Call
  • Released: April 6, 2018
  • Label: YFS/Empire
  • Format: Digital download
192
The Rebirth 2
  • Released: February 22, 2019
  • Label: YFS/Empire
  • Format: Digital download
133
Saved by the Bellinger
  • Released: September 27, 2019[32]
  • Label: YFS/Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Cuffing Season, Part 3
  • Released: November 22, 2019
  • Label: YFS/Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
New Light
  • Released: September 10, 2021
  • Label: YFS/Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Collaborative albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[30]
US R&B/
HH
US
R&B
Nine
(as "Poncho Belly & Dizzle", with A.D.)
  • Released: October 24, 2018
  • Label: poncho belly
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Scenarios
(with Chase N. Cash)
  • Released: February 14, 2020
  • Label: YFS/Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Optimal Music
(with Nieman J)
  • Released: April 24, 2020
  • Label: OFF TOP Records
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
1-800-HIT-EAZY
(with Hitmaka)
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B/HH US

R&B

In The Meantime
  • Released: April 15, 2013
  • Label: YFS
  • Format: Digital download
In The Meantime Pt. 2
  • Released: November 20, 2015
  • Label: YFS
  • Format: Streaming
Eric B for President: Term 1[19]
  • Released: September 9, 2016
  • Label: YFS
  • Format: Digital download
[D] 32 14
Eric B for President: Term 2[33]
  • Released: March 10, 2017
  • Label: YFS/Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
[E] 16
Cannabliss
  • Released: April 20, 2017
  • Label: YFS
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Meditation Music
  • Released: May 31, 2018
  • Label: YFS/Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Feelin' Like Christmas
(with Lauren Evans, Que Derry)
  • Released: August 1, 2020
  • Label: The MADE Series
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Genius
  • Released: October 1, 2020
  • Label: The MADE Series
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Eric B for President: Term 3
  • Released: October 30, 2020
  • Label: YFS/Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes
Title Mixtape details
Born II Sing Vol. 1[10]
  • Released: April 15, 2013
  • Label: YFS
  • Format: Free download
Born II Sing Vol. 2[11]
  • Released: April 15, 2013
  • Label: YFS
  • Format: Free download
Born II Sing Vol. 3[12]
  • Released: April 15, 2013
  • Label: YFS
  • Format: Free download
Your Favorite Christmas Songs
  • Released: December 10, 2013
  • Label: YFS/BCMG
  • Format:
Choose Up Season[18]
  • Released: October 1, 2014
  • Label: YFS
  • Format: Digital download
Eventually[17]
  • Released: May 27, 2016
  • Label: YFS/300
  • Format: Digital download
Eric B for President: Term 1 (Acoustic)[20]
  • Released: January 20, 2017
  • Label: YFS/300
  • Format: Digital download
Eric B for President: Term 2 (Acoustic)
  • Released: September 8, 2017
  • Label: YFS/300
  • Format: Digital download
Hors D'oeuvres
  • Released: June 12, 2020
  • Label: YFS/Empire
  • Format: Digital download
Eric B for President: Term 3 (Acoustic)
  • Released: December 18, 2020
  • Label: YFS/Empire
  • Format: Digital download

SinglesEdit

Songwriting creditsEdit

Year Artist Album Notes
2010 Selena Gomez & The Scene A Year Without Rain Co-writer ("Intuition" feat. Eric Bellinger)
2011 Jacob Latimore Nothing On Me Co-writer ("Nothing On Me")
2011 Ashanti The Woman You Love Co-writer ("The Woman You Love")
2011 Big Time Rush, Mann Elevate Co-writer ("Music Sounds Better")
2011 Chris Brown F.A.M.E. Co-writer ("Oh My Love," "Say It With Me")
2012 Chris Brown Fortune Co-writer ("Wait For You", "Mirage")
2012 Brandy 2 Eleven Co-writer ("Without You")
2012 Jennifer Hudson, Ne-yo, Rick Ross Think Like A Man Co-writer ("Think Like A Man")
2012 Usher Lookin 4 Myself Co-writer ("Lemme See" feat. Rick Ross, "I Care For U", "What Happened To U")
2012 Justin Bieber Believe Co-writer ("Right Here" feat. Drake, "Thought Of You")
2012 Keke Palmer Keke Palmer Co-writer ("If 6 Were 9")
2012 B. Smyth Leggo Co-writer ("Leggo" ft. 2 Chainz)
2012 MKTO MKTO Co-writer ("Nowhere")
2013 Fantasia Side Effect Of You Co-writer ("So Much To Prove")
2013 League of Starz What It Is Co-writer ("What It Is" feat. Freddie Gibbz, Iamsu!, Eric Bellinger)
2013 Trevor Jackson #NewThang Co-writer ("New Thang")
2013 Marcus Canty THIS... Is Marcus Canty Co-writer ("In & Out" feat. Wale)
2013 Dev Kiss It Co-writer ("Kiss It" feat. Sage the Gemini)
2013 Sevyn Streeter Call Me Crazy, But... Co-writer ("Sex On The Ceiling", "B.A.N.S.")
2013 TGT Three Kings Co-writer ("No Fun")
2013 Sean Kingston Back 2 Life Co-writer ("Hold That" feat. Yo Gotti)
2013 Don Benjamin Hit The Snooze! Co-writer ("Hit The Snooze!" feat. Eric Bellinger)
2013 Bridget Kelly Cut To... Bridget Kelly Co-writer ("S#1T Happens")
2014 Chris Brown X Co-writer ("New Flame" feat Usher and Rick Ross, "Love More" feat. Nicki Minaj, "Fine China", "No Lights", "Add Me In", "Stereotype")
2014 Trey Songz Trigga Co-writer ("Disrespectful" feat. Mila J, "Love Around The World", "Serial" )
2014 Teyana Taylor VII Co-writer ("Broken Hearted Girl", "Outta My League")
2014 The Game Year Of The Wolf Co-writer ("On One" feat. Ty Dolla $ign & King Marie, "Best Head Ever" feat. Tyga & Eric Bellinger, "Or Nah" feat. Too $hort, Problem, AV, & Eric Bellinger)
2014 Sage the Gemini Remember Me Co-writer ("Second Hand Smoke" feat. Eric Bellinger)
2014 DJ Mustard 10 Summers Co-writer ("4 Digits" feat. Fabolous, Eric Bellinger)
2014 Kid Ink My Own Lane Co-writer ("Rollin'")
2014 Omarion You Like It Co-writer ("You Like It")
2014 Ma$e Nothing Co-writer ("Nothing" feat. Eric Bellinger)
2014 Jae Murphy You Playin' (This Could Be Us) Co-writer ("You Playin' (This Could Be Us)" feat. The Game, Eric Bellinger, Problem)
2014 DJ Carisma Anyway Co-writer ("Anyway" feat. Tory Lanez, Sage the Gemini, Eric Bellinger, Mishon
2014 Rayven Justice I Have A Dream Co-writer ("My Yang" feat. Eric Bellinger)
2014 Don Benjamin Jealous Co-writer ("Jealous" feat. Eric Bellinger)
2014 Angel Possession With Intent Co-writer ("On The Low" feat. Eric Bellinger & Wretch 32)
2014 Jinsu Built To Last Co-writer ("Out With The Old" feat. Eric Bellinger)
2014 Lyrica Anderson Freakin (Remix) Co-writer ("Freakin (Remix)" feat. Wiz Khalifa, Eric Bellinger)
2015 Tyrese Black Rose Co-writer ("I Still Do", "Dumb Shit" feat. Snoop Dogg)
2015 The Game The Documentary 2 Co-writer ("Circles" feat. Q-Tip, Eric Bellinger & Sha Sha)
2015 Mally Mall EMPIRE Presents: Triple X-Mas Co-writer ("Freak" feat. Eric Bellinger, Chinx, Too $hort)
2015 Atla Something Real Co-writer ("Something Real" feat. Eric Bellinger)
2015 Dean I'm Not Sorry Co-writer ("I'm Not Sorry" feat. Eric Bellinger)
2015 DaBoyDame Do Ya Co-writer ("Do Ya" feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Adrian Marcel, & Eric Bellinger)
2015 Elijah Blake Shadows & Diamonds Co-writer ("Armageddon")
2015 DJ Nemo Round Here Co-writer ("Round Here" feat. Joe Moses, Eric Bellinger)
2015 AD Blue 89 Co-writer ("I Go In" feat. Eric Bellinger)
2015 Kalin and Myles Kalin and Myles Co-writer ("Hands All Over You", "Curfew Overtime")
2015 Da Brat #YAK (You Already Know) Co-writer ("#YAK" feat. Sage the Gemini & Eric Bellinger)
2015 Sevyn Streeter Shoulda Been There, Pt. 1 Co-writer ("Boomerang" (featuring Hit-Boy))
2016 Bulby York Epic & Ting Composer
2016 Tank Sex Love Pain II Co-writer ("You Don't Know")
2017 Sevyn Streeter Girl Disrupted Co-writer ("Peace Sign" (featuring Dave East))
2017 Ai Wa to Yo Co-writer ("Welcome to My City" feat. Eric Bellinger & Junior Reid)
2018 Teyana Taylor K.T.S.E. Co-writer ("3Way")
2019 The Album Co-writer ("How You Want It?", "69")
2021 Kristinia DeBarge Bet Co-writer ("Bet")
2021 VEDO 1320 Co-writer ("Energy")
2021 Kelvin Truitt Opposite Co-writer ("Opposite")

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Guest appearancesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "The Rebirth" did not enter the Billboard 200, but peaked at number seven on the Heatseekers Albums chart, which acts as a 25-album extension to the Top 200 albums chart.
  2. ^ "Cuffing Season" did not enter the Billboard 200, but peaked at number six on the Heatseekers Albums chart, which acts as a 25-album extension to the Top 200 albums chart.
  3. ^ "Cuffing Season, Part 2" did not enter the Billboard 200, but peaked at number twelve on the Heatseekers Albums chart, which acts as a 25-album extension to the Top 200 albums chart.
  4. ^ "Eric B for President: Term 1" did not enter the Billboard 200, but peaked at number twelve on the Heatseekers Albums chart, which acts as a 25-album extension to the Top 200 albums chart.
  5. ^ "Eric B for President: Term 2" did not enter the Billboard 200, but peaked at number twenty-four on the Heatseekers Albums chart, which acts as a 25-album extension to the Top 200 albums chart.

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