Erica Wheeler is a musician and teacher finding a sense of place

Erica Wheeler

Erica Wheeler is finding place as a musician and teacher. A touring artist for over two decades, her music has charted in the top-ten on Billboard’s Gavin Americana Chart and has been featured on syndicated radio programs such as “All Things Considered” and “Voice of America.”

We talk about her how she expanded her performing career to include teaching, speaking and advocating for the land, its history, and our connection to it.

Below is a summary of our interview:


There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot – Aldo Leopold

If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are – Wendell Berry

Her Journey

Erica recounts her journey as a musician and how that dovetailed into her teaching career.

Low Point

We chat about Erica coming out with an album at the end of century and the aftermath of 9/11.

Erica’s work 

Ernest describes the challenge of her life as a musician/entrepreneur and her teaching that helps people find a sense of place.

What’s Exciting Erica Now 

Erica has sense of place concerts that combine music, story, and reflections.

Lightning Round

Book Erica Recommends: Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams

Helpful Habit: Going to the gym

Internet Resource: Facebook

Helpful Person: Nancy Shay

What’s Her Purpose: Here to help people reconnect and find that affinity to a place

How to follow Erica

Her Website

Be friends with Erica on Facebook

Parting Words

Develop your passions…and follow them.

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One More Thing

Erica has been gracious enough to give a special song, As The Crow Flies, for all Purpose Rockstar subscribers. You’ll also receive weekly updates on our latest guests and giveaways that are exclusive to Purpose Rockstar members.


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Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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