That solo acoustic Zoey's favorite, Ernie Halter, returns tonight to his favorite Ventura venue, where he definitely won't run out of mellow, soulful relationship songs. One of the few people from behind the Orange Curtain who did not move to Ventura County -- Halter headed east to Nashville instead -- the prolific singer-songwriter has already released half a dozen albums in the past seven years, a career for the vast majority of musicians, beginning with "Lo-Fidelity" in 2005 through "Franklin & Vermont" in 2010.
Halter started playing piano when he was 8, then picked up a guitar when he was 14 and began writing his own songs two years later. Proof of Halter's success lies in that mailbox-money scenario: Justin Bieber recorded one of his songs this year, "Come Home to Me." Halter's new project promises to be even bigger than an album -- much bigger -- all made possible by a lot of help from his friends.