Contemporary R&B songwriter and singer Eric Bellinger is the grandson of Bobby Day — a musician most well-known for the 1958 number two hit "Rockin' Robin." A Compton, California native, Bellinger starred as a running back on his high school football team and was offered a scholarship to play for and attend the University of Southern California. Around the same time, the Epic label presented him with a recording contract. Bellinger opted to go with music, but his career advanced more as a songwriter than an artist. From 2009 through 2013, he co-wrote dozens of songs for high-profile artists, including two cuts on Chris Brown's Grammy-winning F.A.M.E., Brandy's "Without You," and Justin Bieber's "Right Here." Two of his biggest hits came with Usher's "Lemme See," which reached number two on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and Brown's "Fine China," a number ten R&B/Hip-Hop hit.
The following year saw the release of his third studio long-player, Eazy Call, the title of which was derived from his "It's Eazy" ad lib. In September 2018, Bellinger and rapper A.D. released the collaborative album Nine as Poncho Belly & Dizzle. After closing out his year with the holiday single "Kisses on Christmas," he returned in early 2019 with the double album The Rebirth 2, which included the hit "Type a Way" featuring Chris Brown and OG Parker. A second full-length, Saved by the Bellinger, appeared in September of that year and was followed two months later by Cuffing Season 3. ~ Andy Kellman