He enjoyed a childhood rich in musical variety, embracing folk, classical and religious music, Broadway shows, and rock’n’roll, developing a particular love of British groups of the 60’s. Following his college days in Indiana and California, Eric travelled east to New York City, where he gravitated towards the music business and eventually earned a reputation as one of the most sought-after session musicians around. A friendship with leading producer Jim Steinman led to prodigious amounts of work, not only on Steinman’s own recordings, but also on many of the world’s biggest selling singles and albums. Eric’s talents are illustrated on records by John Lennon, Bonnie Tyler, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Julian Lennon, The Sisters of Mercy, Billy Joel and Celine Dion. The first voice heard on Joel’s no.1 single Uptown Girl, is none other than Eric! Meat Loaf has featured Eric on albums including the chart topper Bat out of Hell II — Back Into Hell, while also using his vocal skills on tour. In the mid 70s, Eric had a single released in the US and Australia called Mirage, which obtained substantial radio play and was a minor hit in both countries.
An interest in history and current affairs shines through on Eric’s solo CD Model Citizen, where his intelligent lyrics are deep and incisive but also reveal a man with a sharp sense of humour. He has also produced CDs for many up and coming New York bands, some of which are featured on a promotional sampler called American Independence. Eric’s concern for his fellow man was clearly illustrated by his songwriting involvement in Perpetual Light, a single released in memory of 12 schoolchildren tragically killed in a UK road accident. He is currently working alongside David Shapiro in Shapiro/Troyer Music, based in New York, and specialising in jingles, stock music and theme music for TV, films and radio worldwide. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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