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Lodi country singer aims to fulfill dream

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Growing up, Erin Stoll knew she wanted to be a country music star. Now at “34 years young,” her dreams seem to be coming true.

Hoping to one day attend the Grammy Awards in person, Stoll said she’ll be tuning in to watch the music awards show Sunday night.

Listening to George Strait, the Judds and Heart, Stoll said, she “had a lot of musical influence at a young age,” adding she was always interested in performing.

By high school, Stoll said she decided to “go for it.”

The 2001 Wadsworth High School graduate has performed on talent shows such as “The X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent.” She said she’s also been in a number of bands, but “nothing that made it.”

Now residing in Lodi, Stoll said social media has helped advance her musical career.

“A producer from Nashville found me,” she said, giving her an opportunity to go to the country music hotspot and make an extended-play record containing five songs.

The EP titled “Unfinished” was released in July and since then, “Everything’s been kind of blowing up,” Stoll said.

Two college radio stations, Lakeland Community College’s Lake Effect in the Cleveland suburb of Kirtland, and Nyack College’s WNYK from New York, have her music in their rotation, according to Stoll.

Stoll recently received an Ohio Music Award, Best of Ohio — Best Country Song 2016 for a track titled “Unfinished.”

Stoll said she will be going to Nashville later this year to record another five-song EP. She’ll record vocals, studio musicians will record the band music and then she’ll go back and sing harmonies. The last step will have a sound engineer mixing the songs. The process will span three days.

“Typically what I like to write about and what I like to sing are uplifting, motivational songs,” she said.

The next album will be focused more on the working class, namely “hunters and fishers … They’ll be more relatable songs,” Stoll said.

Stoll will be getting ready for her largest performance, which will be March 4 when she opens for national recording artist Colt Ford at the Odeon in Cleveland.

When she’s not out serenading music lovers, Stoll has her own audience at home that includes her husband of four years, Caleb, and three children — 10-year-old Landon, 7-year-old Lane and 2-year-old Aubrey.

With Caleb’s support, Stoll said, her dream is a reality.

“He deals a lot with my music,” she said. “He’s pretty amazing and very supportive of the whole thing.”

All three children are artistic, as well. Aubrey will burst into song out of nowhere and Landon takes guitar lessons with his mom. Lane, Stoll said, likes to draw and could one day be an actor.

“If it weren’t for the support of my family and friends and fans, I wouldn’t be able to do this.”

Information on Stoll is online at erinstollmusic.com and facebook.com/erinstoll music.

Contact reporter Ashley Fox at (330) 721-4048 or afox@medina-gazette.com.

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