Erica Thompson is a freelance journalist who specializes in music, entertainment and culture reporting. Her articles and reviews have most recently appeared on,, and in Billboard magazine. She has interviewed artists such as Dionne Warwick, Chilli, SWV, Monica, MC Lyte and 88-Keys.

Erica also has a background in community journalism, with pieces published in Cincinnati’s CityBeat, Southeast Ohio magazine and Ohio University’s The Post. She currently serves as a social media strategist for a digital marketing agency.

Erica is finishing her first book, “Willing to do the Work: the Spiritual Mission of Prince,” which traces the spiritual development of the legendary rock star. She studied flute and English at Northern Kentucky University, and she received her master’s degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.