Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Eric Roberson, or Erro as he is also known, is celebrating an incredible 21 years as a successful independent artist making music on his terms and crafting a legacy of drive and longevity. He remembers sitting in rooms dreaming out loud with people like Jill Scott or co-writing some of neo-soul‘s well-known hits like Vivian Green’s “Emotional Rollercoaster” and Musiq Soulchild‘s “Mary Go Round,” among others.

For a short time, he said he felt like he was left behind when a wave of northeast-based artists was pegged to be the bearers of the then-new sub-genre of music. But once he realized that it was all in how he was marketing himself, he decided to create his own lane, which he’s been navigating perfectly ever since. In honor of Black Music Month, Blavity sat down with Erro to talk about the lessons he’s learned along his two-decade journey as a fan-favorite musician making his own way auspiciously.