Eric Stevens

Eric Stevens

Music Composer

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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About Eric

Eric Stevens was born in Queens, NY. At age nine he moved to the Washington, DC suburbs, where he spent his growing years. Eric acquired a B.S. in Education from Madison College (JMU); majoring in history, and minoring in English and music. He was selected for Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

He acquired his M.A. in Secondary Education from George Washington University. His education now includes courses at New York University, Long Island University, Catholic University, and Tidewater Community College.

Eric married his high school sweetheart, and began singing professionally in D.C. nightspots. After a stint as a cab driver, he was drafted. During his Army time he won many singing contests, and worked gigs in Germany.

Civilian life found him in New York in search of stardom. He was managed by Karl Lassen, and then by Herb Handman. He opened for Bill Cosby, played on the hit record, "The Preacherman," and performed with recording stars Erskine Hawkins, Bill Conti, Joe Farrell, and Paul Motian, and movie stars Elliott Gould, Keefe Brasselle, and Illona Massey.

He moved to Virginia Beach in 1969, where he works as a pianist, singer, and songwriter. He has been in many TV commercials, and made ten acting appearances on the 'soap' ANOTHER LIFE. He authored the booklet BE WITTY, and wrote articles for RING, METRO, PORTFOLIO, INSIDE BUSINESS, TIDEWATER SENIOR, DOWNTOWNER, BLUES NEWS, and many newspapers. See his monthly music reviews in SPLASH Magazine.

Eric taught History of Jazz for adult education at Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University. As adjunct faculty for the latter, he supervised English majors in student teaching.

He began writing lyrics and melodies in 2002 and has now added a seminar on songwriting, and has been elected to the prestigious songwriters society, ASCAP.

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