Eric Tingstad is a GRAMMY award winning musician, composer and producer whose music career spans 40 years. He is a product of influences like Led Zeppelin, Flat and Scruggs, Andres Segovia and time spent pounding out rock and roll. Not to mention the family "Hi-fi" with Hawaiian slack key guitar, Ravi Shanker, The Kingston Trio and Martin Denny. A classically trained guitarist in the Segovian tradition, Tingstad began his recording career in 1981 with the release of "On The Links."
In 1985 “The Gift”, an acoustic Christmas collection, quickly became a holiday classic selling ten thousand copies in the first ten weeks and has gone on to sell over 500,000 copies. It remains a best-selling Christmas album rated fifth on the Top Ten Holiday Classics List compiled for NAV.
In 1990 Billboard dubbed his sound a "sonic landscape" and “In the Garden” raked in national reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post as well as Billboard in the fall of 1991. Following that, his next two recordings debuted at number one on the Adult Contemporary charts.
In 1998 his double album, American Acoustic was honored as "Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year" by NAV. It debuted at number one on Adult Contemporary charts and spent 10 weeks on the Billboard radio charts.
A Carnegie Hall appearance in 2000. And in 2003 he received a Grammy Award for Acoustic Garden with Tingstad and Rumbel.
By a vote of his peers, Tingstad was honored in October 2006 with the Coyote Award from Arts Northwest commemorating his leadership, visibility, and contributions to the constant change in the arena of live performance.
In 2007 Eric received another GRAMMY nomination for his recording "Southwest."
In early 2012 Tingstad will release his latest project “Badlands.”