Born October 23rd in Charleston, South Carolina. Eric grew up in a very musical family. As a child he played piano, trombone and drums. When he was fourteen he got his first guitar for christmas. Eric dropped out of college to begin playing in his first rock band. He toured the southeast for eight years before forming the band Deepfield in 2002. Eric eventually left Deepfield before their first recording to pursue a producing and writing career. Soon after Eric began to become interested in the bass guitar. In 2007 he opened his own recording studio named Ocean Industries. Eric got to know Brent and Barry while writing some songs with Shinedown. When the bass player position opened up in the band, Eric got a call to audtion. It goes without saying that he made an impression and continues to contribute to the band's success today.