Born and raised in a tiny blue-collar farm town in Southwestern Ohio, Eric's country musical roots run deep. Since his college years, Eric has been paving his musical way throughout Ohio, the Midwest, and Nashville. Now a fulltime performer and songwriter, Eric keeps a rigorous schedule as a soloist and with his band, Green Light Go, of 4-6 shows per week...an average of 260 live shows in the course of each year!
Eric produced, recorded and performed nearly every aspect of his December 2004 14-song debut album, “Go Big Or Go Home”, selling over 1500 CD’s at gigs alone. A mainstay in the Columbus music scene, he has played original opening sets for scores of national country acts including Sugarland, Josh Gracin, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Buddy Jewell, Josh Turner, Steve Azar, Gary Nichols, Jay Demarcus of Rascal Flatts, Emerson Drive and more.
In 2003, Eric garnered attention from Nashville publishing company, Writer Zone, who have signed several of his songs to publishing deals and landed him his first cut with Ted Hughes-produced independent artist, J.C. Andersen. He also recently began a management deal with S.A.M. Promotions and Talent Company L.L.C. in Nashville, TN. to further pursue a publishing or recording contract.
As a performer, Eric holds an impressive track record in competitions. He was narrowly edged out of the final ten contestants on the 2006 season of USA Network’s Nashville Star television series. After winning the Detroit local competition outright over 300 other contestants, he advanced to the Houston Regionals as one of only 40 artists out of over 25,000 auditions nationwide. Playing completely solo, he also beat out 5 full bands to win the Cincinnati Colgate Country Showdown in 2005 and advanced to the State Finals.
An incredibly versatile entertainer, in 2002 Eric also landed the starring role as the tormented anti-hero, Franklin, in the Silverback Productions independent short film, “Fast Moving Men”. Then, in 2004, he was cast in the lead role of the nostalgic, love-weary Phil in the independent full-length feature film, “Garage Sale”. Eric was also responsible for the film score for the latter, including the title track, “My Life’s In Boxes”. Go to garagesalethemovie.com for scene clips and information. Also catch Eric at www.ericdove.com and www.myspace.com/ericdove!