ERIC SILVER - MY STORY
I grew up in Greensboro, NC. My mother was a trained opera singer, her brother a classical violinist and composer and my father played piano, sang and loved jazz and Broadway musicals. I started playing piano and guitar when I was seven years old and when when I was eleven I discovered the five string banjo.
I was the first bluegrasser in the family and it became my passion. I worked in a music store so I had access to lots of instruments and started playing everything I could get my hands on. At thirteen I started playing the banjo and mandolin with local bluegrass bands around North Carolina.
At seventeen I was hired as a multi-instrumentalist at Opryland theme park in Nashville for the summer. The following year my dad passed away but with my mother's blessing, I moved back to Tennessee for good, the day after graduating high school. After Opryland I went on the road playing with quite a few country artists, Jeannie C. Riley, Crystal Gayle, Dottie West, Lynn Anderson to name a few. Later I became the guitar player for one of my heroes, jazz mandolinist, David Grisman. I started working in the studio scene, still touring from time to. I ended up doing some tours with the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Cyndi Lauper and Donna Summer.
In the 90's my focus became writing, production and pursuit of my own artist career. I was fortunate to produce several successful Nashville artists like Neal McCoy, Michelle Wright and Ricochet and at the same time continued to play on a variety of recordings with artist like Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Brandy, Blackhawk, Martina McBride and my friend and bass wizard, Victor Wooten. My songs have been recorded by Donna Summer, Reba McIntire, Toby Keith and Diamond Rio to name a few. "Without You" which I wrote with Natalie Maines, went number-one for the Dixie Chicks on their diamond (10,000,000) selling album, Fly. All together, my songs have appeared on albums with sales totaling over 15 million units.
In the late 1980's I recorded an album in Nashville with a young Brazilian singer named, Almir Sater. Afterwards he invited me to do some shows in Brazil which I did. That was the beginning of a new life. In fact I felt so at home that I started going back every chance I could. I met producer Rick Bonadio and via him, began working as a writer and musician with many of the top pop and rock artists in Brazil. To date over 120 of my songs have been recorded by Brazilian artists from rockers, NX Zero and Titâs, to folk legends Almir (Sater) and Victor E Leo.
In 2011 released my first solo (pop) album called "When You're Here". Two singles were released and received well but the Brazilian pop/rock scene was dwindling. I went back to the drawing board and decided to do a project of mostly classic sertanejo (Brazilian country) songs, translated into English. I invited many of the original artists to do duets with me and then brought in my Nashville friends for backup. In late 2015, Bridges, Friends and Brothers was released on Universal Records with guest appearances by, Almir Sater, Renato Teixeira, Sergio Reis, Paula Fernandes and Sergio Britto, along with Nashvillians, Vince Gill, Kix Brooks, Jay Demarcus, and Victor Wooten.
Shortly thereafter I was invited to produce a project for Almir Sater and Renato Teixeira called "AR". After over 25 years of friendship, our project won the 2016 Latin Grammy for the best traditional Brazilian album. Subsequently, I was fortunate to land three songs on Globo television novelas (night-time soap operas). My song "Little Bit Of Love" became the theme song for an internationally syndicated series called "Sol Nascente".
My life is now divided between Nashville and Brazil. The life of being a musician, singer and writer isn't always simple and has many ups and downs. But, music is one of the joys that makes the world go around and it's taken me with it and given me a lifetime of beautiful experiences and friendships. I'm a lucky guy.