Nearing its two-year anniversary, El Paso record label Sick.Life will throw an album release party at The Perch on Saturday, March 4.
Several local artists, including former “The Voice” contestant Elia Esparza and rapper Eric Singleton (aka E$ BFNE) will take the party’s stage. New music from Esparza, E$ BFNE and other local artists is featured on Sick.Life’s first collaborative album.
Sick.Life owner and producer Rob Bennett said the record label began as a small home recording studio in the far East Side back in April 2015. It also became a record label in November 2016.
Aside from offering recording studio services, Sick.Life helps manage a musician’s career with important tasks like music promotion and producing merchandise.
“There is a lot of untapped talent here in El Paso,” Bennett said. The U.S. Army veteran was trained to work in the music industry while attending college in Austin. A New York native, he hopes to help more local R&B and rap artists become successful.
Well known in the area by word of mouth and social media, the record label keeps fans updated about new music and performances through their Android and iPhone app. Their YouTube channel, SickLifeTV, currently has almost 900 subscribers.
Known for performing Selena’s “Como la Flor” on “The Voice” last season, Esparza stays busy with her music career.
“I write everything from experience,” Esparza said when asked what her music is about. “It’s about love, the adventurous times beyond midnight and stories that happen when you’ve fallen the most for someone.
“I always say that I’m cursed because I have all of these magical moments with people. I think they only happen so that I can write about them.”
The Americas High School graduate is currently working on a new EP that’s set for release this summer. She’ll perform the national anthem at the first Chihuahuas home game on April 6. Currently, Esparza is promoting an anti-bullying campaign throughout several El Paso schools. Plans for a tour next year are also underway.
Singleton, also dubbed the Beast from the Northeast, is making a name for himself locally and around the southwest. He opened for rap artists Kirko Bangz and Montana of 300 and has performed in cities such as Denver and Dallas.
The 24-year-old, who began writing music at age 12, raps about his life experiences and future goals. He won first place in a contest held by the Hip Hop Society, a Los Angeles broadcasting and media company in 2016. So far, Singleton is the only musician signed with Sick.Life.
A new music video will be released Friday on Sick.Life’s YouTube channel.
Singleton is currently working on his latest album, “State of Emergency,” which is scheduled to release in May.
“This album means a lot to me because it basically says for me that I’ve developed as an artist,” Singleton said. “I’m here to stay. I’m going try and take over the hip-hop game here. I like to think of my music as refreshing because it doesn’t sound like anything else.”