New album “Luminous” due March 14th, 2019
It's my 50th birthday today and I'm coming out swingin' by giving you the video for my new single, "I Stand With Love". Please share this or tag a friend who might like it and help me spread a message of love, equality and empowerment.I am playing all the instruments, recording, mixing and producing on this one so it is very close to my heart.The struggle for economic equality and human equality are the same struggle and I believe Love is our most powerful weapon.Listen on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/04ivHh1OYzmJ9JRT7NQZniListen on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-stand-with-love-single/1354647173Website - http://www.ericeckhart.comLyrics: Hard times come See the lonely girls they die to catch the sun Hard times stay All the poor boys hide their tears and masquerade Well tonight, I am far from my hometown Where am I? Someone tell me I’m alright I’m tired of smiling Even babies are allowed to cry at night Leave me be Go away with all your hateful ways you’re treating me ‘Cause I know nobody can tell me, “everything will be alright” Well I stood up Loosed my tongue I can’t sit back The war’s begun I don’t have much But I have my voice I’ve had enough I’ve made my choice I stand with you and not with them Which side you on? Which side my friend? I stand with love I stand with love Will you lift your hand to those in need? Will you give shelter to those who flee? With open arms?No walls around?Love is resistance Love won’t be bound I stand with love I stand with love LovePosted by Eric Eckhart on Wednesday, March 14, 2018
I Stand With Love (Official Video)
“I Stand With Love” uniquely blends two lyrical and musical vantage points with the soulful first half exploring the emotional disconnect and isolation of inequality while the guitar-driven second half rockets off announcing a clear call to activism with love as the guiding principle.
“Track of the Day” – Hot Press Magazine
“Can you find love in these troubled and turbulent times? Can you tell what’s real in this age of meme and artifice? Can you still speak from the heart, bare your soul, dare to hope? “I stand with love” sings Eric. We believe.” – Nick Ilott
“Not bad for an old bastard” – Mark Joyce
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Eric Eckhart never took the conventional path.
His formative musical years were spent heading a New Wave/Rock band in his working-class West Virginia hometown before an early mid-life crisis saw Eric leave his job, family and all his possessions and move to Ireland to start completely anew. The results were immediate.
His 2006 Irish debut album, ‘Lost and Found’ won the hearts of critics and fans alike which led to appearances on radio, TV and numerous tours and playing support for Broken Social Scene, Fionn Regan, Ocean Colour Scene and many others.
Once again searching for new horizons, Eric picked up sticks and moved to Berlin in 2008 to begin work on his critically acclaimed follow up album, ‘This is where it starts’. Eric and his band successfully toured across Germany and Austria receiving radio airplay and making numerous live radio performances.
Exploring models of how to work as an independent musician, Eric organized a pioneering project in 2012 that brought 100 independent artists together for one week to record, mix, design, promote, film and release his third album ‘Do-It-Together’ in a public space, in front of a live audience and live streamed and all without spending any money.
Fatherhood gave Eric time to slow down and focus on writing about his experiences as an independent artist and doing workshops and talks on the art of songwriting and how to help create your own alternative music industry at Berlin Music Week.
2017 saw Eric’s formal return to recording, this time working alone in a former WWII bunker turned recording studio in the heart of Berlin. Playing all the instruments, engineering, mixing and producing gave Eric a chance to truly come into his own as a songwriter and artist.
The result is Eric’s stunning new album, ‘Luminous’ due for release on March 14th, 2019.
“Hugely enjoyable… a considerable songwriting and vocal talent…
Eric the king” – Hot Press magazine
“A classic songwriter” – Die Tageszeitung
“Beautiful… with a rare honesty… a virtue in today’s time…musical revelations that give your aura a warm hug” – Oh Fancy
“One to watch out for” – Irish Times
“Epic, powerful” – Westzeit
“Above all, honest and authentic” – Music Scan Germany
“So much optimism, hope and insolent youth…a very successful, energetic, mature interpretation of the category “Singer-Songwriter” – Shitesite
“Simply rich songs… composed together beautifully” – OPAK
You can contact Eric for promotion and performance requests at email@example.com