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eric's story

Eric Engerbretson Eric E. is a talented singer and guitarist with a driving acoustic sound that touches on many styles, and is especially rhythmic. Eric has performed full-time since 1985, his music taking him to 49 of the United States and 18 countries around the world.

Eric E. is a dynamic performer with a unique ability to make his audience feel personally involved. With only an acoustic guitar and a clear tenor voice, both enhanced by a state-of-the art sound system, he performs songs that are remembered and loved by listeners of all ages, and penetrating original numbers. Eric E. does not use drum machines or synthesized backup parts, just the pure ’unplugged’ sound of his voice and guitar, which listeners often comment “sounds like a whole band’. Eric will perform at request a Top 40 song from any year in the last nine decades, (note to promoters: it is best not to advertise this — it is much more fun when this is a surprise to the audience). plus powerful originals, blues, jazz and country hits From the ’20s to today’s music, Eric knows which songs will stir the soul and make for an unforgettable time. He enjoys letting his listeners take a concert in whatever direction they wish, instantly adapting an evening’s playlist to the tastes of that particular audience. Eric desires to communicate on a deep level, transparently sharing his spirituality, life experiences, and hopes, in a spontaneous, fun and often humorous way that will plant itself deeply in the memory of each listener.

From 1985 to 1991 Eric traveled Europe and Japan performing in colleges, high schools, clubs, coffeehouses and festivals. He has performed on prime-time TV in Holland, Denmark and Poland, and has performed for thousands at European music festivals, such as Flevo, Opstand, Roskilde, Maata Nakavyssa. Eric performed with the vocal jazz group, Soundsation, at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Eric has opened for acts such as Jay Leno, Styx, Air Supply, Bobby McFerrin, Dan Seals, Candlebox, Citizen King, Phil Keaggy, The Afters, Sanctus Real, Shawn McDonald, DC Talk, The Violet Burning, Susan Ashton, Bryan Duncan, Bill Mize, Randy Stonehill, Larry Norman, Daryl Mansfield, Larry Howard, Glenn Kaiser, The Kry, Annie Herring and many others. He lives with his wife Sylvia and three young sons in Moscow, ID. Eric is currently focusing on performances at colleges and churches across the U.S., but plans to continue touring for shorter periods overseas.

Audience’s have enjoyed Eric’s original acoustic music, buying over 20,000 of his albums at performances. His fourth album, with Whitestone Records of Los Angeles, ”Lead Me To Life”, was released internationally, and it features special guests John Patitucci (Chick Corea Band), and Phil Keaggy. It received airplay across the U.S. and in Holland and Denmark. Eric E. is endorsed by Electro-Voice, John Pearse Strings, Lee Oscar Harmonicas, Airwalk, QSC, TC Electronic, and OutdoorTechnologies. He plays a Breedlove C-1 Maple acoustic with Sunrise, LR Baggs, & Barcus Berry pickups.