Takoma Park

Eric Hutchinson, vocals, guitar and keyboards

2002

acoustic soul

Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis Costello

Hutchinson's full-length debut, Sounds Like This, was recorded and self-released this year. He was signed to Maverick, but the label folded. As a result, Hutchinson ended up with enough money to record the album and the rights to his own songs: a win-win situation.

"It's all worked out," he said. "I feel like I'm in a good place. I don't want to make a deal when I can still have the power and freedom I have being an independent artist."