Eric Andersen’s signature emotive tenor voice and award-winning songwriting has captured the hearts of audiences for over a decade. As co-lead singer/songwriter of pop/rock group, The Novelists, Andersen has toured all over the nation sharing festival bills with and opening for artists such as Train, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Glenn Philips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis/Phil Collins Band).
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Andersen began playing the viola at the age of ten. As a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra he experienced the brilliance of Beethoven, Bach and Grieg first hand, providing a strong foundation for his future songwriting. At 14 he discovered piano rockers, Ben Folds, Billy Joel, and Elton John and his life changed forever. He soon began penning his own songs while incessantly consuming the music of Pink Floyd, Genesis, The Beatles, Kostia, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Mathews and so many others. “During high school I’d spend hours in the choir room playing the piano instead of going to class. My friends thought I was crazy. I was obsessed,” says Andersen.
In 2008, Eric moved to Reno, NV on a whim to accept a spot on the University of Nevada alpine ski racing team. Andersen’s devotion to music, however, soon eclipsed his commitment to ski racing and he decided to pursue a full-time career in music, quickly gaining a loyal following. During this time, he met many of the people who would become life-long friends and musical collaborators. The following year, he joined The Novelists as co-lead singer and songwriter. Over the past decade, his musical career has continued to evolve as a solo artist, member of The Novelists, TV music songwriter and session musician credited on dozens of projects.
Andersen is best known for his catchy, melodic and lyrically driven songs. To quote singer/songwriter Kate Cotter, “Eric Andersen’s strong tenor voice is captivating. His grasp of technique, coupled with the nuance of raw emotion, rivals the best I’ve heard among any artist in the industry.” While Andersen’s music draws from themes of self-discovery, unwavering faith in the human spirit and overcoming adversity, his deadpan comedic stage presence never fails to draw a laugh from the audience.
When Eric isn’t touring with The Novelists, he performs regularly throughout the greater Reno/Tahoe area as a solo artist and in various other ensembles, including acoustic duos with Joel Ackerson (The Novelists Acoustic Duo/Andersen Ackerson) and singer/songwriter Kate Cotter. Andersen also performs occasionally with the Daryl Stuermer band as a guest lead vocalist.
** Eric is available to perform for private events as a soloist or as a member of any of the ensembles listed above. Please send an E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire **
Sail Across the Sun - hosted by “Train” (with The Novelists)
TEDx University of Nevada (with The Novelists)
Strawberry Music Festival (with The Novelists)
California Worldfest (with The Novelists)
Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium (with The Novelists)
Boerner Botanical Gardens Summer Concert Series (with Daryl Stuermer Band)
Sounds of Summer Concert Series (with Daryl Stuermer Band)
The Latin Grammy Awards (with Maluma)
The Listening Room Festival (with The Novelists)
2018 RGJ - Song of the Year - “With Drawl” - The Novelists
2017 FORTE Award - Best Pop Band - The Novelists
2017 FORTE Nomination - Male Vocalist
2016 Reno News and Review - Best Band - The Novelists
2010 - “Plane Rides & Ocean Tides” - Independent
2011 - “The Beatles” - Gigatone Records
2012 - “Backstory” - True Story Records - The Novelists
2012 - “Close to Home” - Independent
2013 - “The Novelists Book Club” - True Story Records - The Novelists
2016 - “Breaking the Script” - True Story Records - The Novelists
2018 - “With Drawl” - True Story Records - The Novelists
TV Song Placements:
2014 - SAF3:
2019 - Baywatch Remastered:
“You Take My Mind Off Of It”
“Waiting for You”
Kate Cotter - Drink the Dessert - Drink the Dessert - 2010 - Bg Vocals
Kate Cotter - Drink the Dessert - Bare - 2010 - Piano
Tyler Stafford - On a String - 2011 - Co-Producer
Tyler Stafford - On a String - Calling Me - 2011 - BG Vocals/Piano
Tyler Stafford - On a String - Lullaby - 2011 - String Arrangement
Tyler Stafford - On a String - Stranger - 2011 - String Arrangement
Tyler Stafford - On a String - Ghosts - 2011 - Organ/String Arrangement/Vocal Arrangement
Tyler Stafford - On a String - On a String - 2011 - String Arrangement/Piano
Tyler Stafford - On a String - Tomorrow Will Bring - 2011 - BG Vocals
Tyler Stafford - On a String - My Song For Leaving - Tuba Arrangement/Vocal Arrangement
Tyler Stafford - On a String - Lime Tree - Organ/Bg Vocals
Justin McMahon - The Opposite of Fun - The Economy of Meaning - 2013 - Piano
Justin McMahon - The Opposite of Fun - Passerby - 2013 - Keyboards
Heather Aubrey Lloyd - A Message in the Mess - Even Now - 2015 - Bg Vocals
2016 - “Morris & Estelle” - The Novelists
2018 - “Above the Hiding” - The Novelists
2018 - The Voice Slot Machine - Lead Vocals and Performance on “Calling All Angels” by Train and “Counting Stars” by One Republic.