Eric’s earliest musical experiences were hearing the Beatles
on Ed Sullivan and singing gospel in the church choir. His
grandfather bought his first guitar and amplifier, and he
taught himself to play by listening to LP’s by Stevie
Wonder, The Jackson 5 and Al Green. His first exposure to
jazz was Wes Montgomery’s California Dreamin’ and about the
same time he also discovered the music of Jimi Hendrix. A
life-changing experience in 1977 at a Weather Report concert
(with Jaco at his peak) influenced Eric’s desire to play and
compose instrumental music.
In 1988, he produced a solo record called “First
Impressions” that landed him a deal with Los Angeles based
jazz label Nova Records. He quickly followed that with
“Second Thoughts” which produced the national radio hits
“Come September” and “First Out”.