Gregory Scott Ericksen is an American composer, singer, songwriter, musician, artist, attorney, producer and developer. Ericksen has been practicing law for over 40 years, but his true passion is in his music.
Ericksen started to write original music when he formed a band at age 12 while attending South Davis Junior High in Bountiful, Utah. The band was first a folk group named, Four/Fifths. The folk group featured Greg Ericksen on guitar, and singers Mike Alder, Marvin Ellis, and Martha Smith. They appeared on several local television shows in Utah, such as Terry Williams Hi Shop, a Salt Lake City television program, and the March 29, 1963, Eugene Jelesnik Talent Show Case, an affiliate of the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. They were also top finalists in several local and regional talent contests.
Ericksen wrote his first hit song at age 17 titled, The Darkness and the Night, released on SVN Records, an independent label. In 1968, The Darkness and the Night, began climbing regional charts. Several other major labels pursued discussions with members of the band including Columbia Records, Liberty Records and Reprise Records.
He is known for writing popular songs including, Light up the Land, for the 2002 Utah Winter Olympic Games. He was a contributor and executive producer of the inspirational Olympic album of the same name, Light up the Land, featuring Gladys Knight, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Brooks and Dunn and others.
He wrote the title track, Light up the Land, performed by Jenny Jordan which has been covered several times by other artists winning who won 9 music film festival awards with their arrangements and was featured in a PBS soundtrack for a documentary titled, Sweetwater Rescue: The Willie and Martin Handcart Story.
More recently Ericksen wrote a song titled, Life Goes On, after the devastating loss of his youngest son, Adam Ericksen, who drowned in a rafting accident on the Colorado River in 2015.
During the 1960s Ericksen wrote over 50 original songs some of which were recorded but never released. The Grimm has completed three albums and are working on a fourth. All the albums will be released in both vinyl and streaming formats.
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