Erika Girardi had a successful singing career for years before she joined The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this season. However, she's not the first 'Wife to prove that she can carry a tune. We've seen many Real Housewives pick up the mic over the years, from Luann de Lesseps to Gretchen Rossi and Kenya Moore.
So has Erika, who admitted to not watching RHOBH before joining the show, heard any of her fellow Housewives' musical efforts? "Yes, of course!" she recently told PopCrush. "I had heard of [Kim Zolciak-Biermann's] 'Don’t Be Tardy For the Party.' I was aware that one of Housewives had released it."
And which track is Erika's favorite? "Um, I’m always going to say my music is my favorite," she said.
Well, Erika might not be collaborating with any of her fellow 'Wives anytime soon, but she said she would love to work with Christina Aguilera, who was recently caught lip syncing to the RHOBH pop star's latest single "How Many F***s?" "Well, isn’t that the ultimate compliment to have this incredible artist, and one of the true voices of our era, singing along to my song?" she told PopCrush. "It doesn’t get much better than that, really."
Of course, we've seen Erika get some criticism for her provocative performances and music videos this season of RHOBH. She even brilliantly clapped back at one viewer's shade during the reunion saying, "I'm so sorry that she's given up in life, but I have not. No, you're not too old to be a sexual being, and I am proud of what I do."
Erika acknowledged that ageism in show business does exist, especially when it comes to older female entertainers. "Look, no one needs to tell anyone their time is up. It’s not fair to do to a woman," she told PopCrush. "You have to encourage each other. You should create for as long as you possibly can and give for as long as you possibly can."
She said she hopes to use RHOBH as a platform to challenge these norms. "I think as more women see that there are women out there building vibrant and creative and powerful lives and careers in their 40s, 50s, etc., then these older views of ageism will fall away. That’s really what needs to happen," she explained. "Yes, of course I would love to be able to encourage just one person to continue to be their most beautiful, powerful self into their 40s and 50s."
Hot off the heels of "How Many F***s?" will there be a full-fledged Erika Jayne album out in the near future? "I’m working on… songs," she revealed. "I don’t know if I’m after an album, but I’m after a bunch of songs. A bunch of good songs."
While we wait to hear the next Erika Jayne smash hit, go behind the scenes of her San Diego performance featured on RHOBH this season, below.