"Not only can his hands move like lightning like the Gypsy Kings but his voice is smooth, velvety and invokes a strength that moves even the biggest music skeptic" - The Port Theatre
When Eric was 7 years old he was in the kitchen doing the dishes when a song came on the radio. He doesn't remember which song it was, but he does remember the feeling that song gave him. He immediately stopped doing the dishes, quickly ran into the living room and stared at the stereo system. His sister called him back to finish the dishes, but he couldn’t move. He was transfixed, mesmerized. He literally couldn’t take his eyes off the stereo. He was so moved by emotion that all he remembered thinking was “I want to make people feel like that!”
During his time in quarantine, Eric wrote his new song "Sad and Lonely People" after watching an episode from the show "New Amsterdam". "Something about the way the patients in the show were being portrayed struck a chord with me. With the world getting sick and the rebellious behavior of some people who refused to isolate even after so many people were dying, I could no longer remain quiet." So I wrote "Sad and Lonely People". This song has a ghostly felt piano feel; experimental WWII electronic effects created by Berlin-based composer Hainbach; haunting Olafur Arnalds style strings; all culminating in large eruptive electric guitar and broken drums-cloistered ending. Lyrically, Eric uses an almost whispering technique adding to the eerie feel of the song.
Eric began his musical education at the age of 8 where he studied drums for 6 years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the age of 12 he took his first guitar lesson and fell in love. Three years later his parents and him packed their bags and moved across the Atlantic to the city of Braga, Portugal where his mom enrolled him in the Conservatory of Music Calouste Gulbenkian. He studied classical music there for two years with a focus on classical guitar. After he moved to Porto, where he continued his studies in classical music at the Professional School of Music. He finished his studies three years later earning a diploma in classical music. Then he moved to Boston to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music. He earned a four-year degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, in only two and a half years.
From there, Eric moved to Los Angeles to form a band with his brother where they fused the genres of rock with flamenco. For 8 years their band, MimosA, toured around California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Texas and British Columbia having sold out the McPherson Theatre on the same night that Sarah McLachlan was playing the same night.
In his time in LA, Eric worked with artists such as Andy Grammer, KC Porter, Lin Cheng and JB Eckl, released his first solo project entitled "Romper a Madrugada". Scored his first movie entitled Waiting Alone, composed for David Vanacore and 5 Alarm Music placing songs on shows such as Top Gear and My Ride Rules.
In 2009 Eric moved from the US to Canada to start a new chapter in his life in the town of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. In 2010 he released his self-titled album “Eric Harper” garnering the attention of The Office’s Rainn Wilson who said of Eric's single Rain "Rain is an amazing single". Since moving to Nanaimo, Eric has opened for Current Swell, Kim Churchill, Grammy-Award winning musician Alex Cuba, worked with Juno award winning producer Joby Baker and released his instrumental album entitled “Ribeira”.
In 2014 Eric fulfilled one of his dreams and moved to the city of Victoria. Since then he’s won an Emmy for his work on the HitRecord show Create Together, performed all over Canada, scored 10 feature films, one of which was the highest grossing movie on opening night in world history, written music for over 1000 TV shows including How I Met Your Mother, Shameless, The Original, Ozzy and America's Got Talent, won the New York Film and European Independent Film Awards for his work on the movie Wished, won the Guitar Mania Contest, won the ReREC Contest, released his album “The Very Best of Eric Harper”, produced music for artists such as Shirin and Conrado Figueroa and collaborated with Andrew Oye on TV projects.
Eric's own live show is quite the spectacle of blending his hilarious and heart-felt story-telling along with his mad guitar skills and soulful voice. Anyone who sees Eric is guaranteed to laugh, cry and dance.
Currently he’s working on the music for a never seen before show called The One Show involving 100 aerialists suspended in a 100 foot hexagonal stage. Release date is set for 2022.
The world may appear to have come to a complete halt due to the coronavirus. And though the future may appear unclear, what is certain is that artists will continue to make art. And Eric Harper is no different.