John was born in Phoenix, Arizona but lived his early life abroad being a military brat (father is retired Army aviator). He attended Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ on a golf scholarship. He then spent a few years attending college in Seguin, Texas on another golf scholarship at Texas Lutheran University (in between Austin and San Antonio).
John's passion to play music was sidelined in April of 2006 due to sudden and unforseen health scares. John was diagnosed with kidney failure due to an autoimmune disease. He spent nearly three years on dialysis, three times a week, 5 hours a day waiting for a kidney transplant. On October 26, 2008, John receieved the much needed transplant. John was given a new lease on life and intends to take full advantage of it! His commitment and drive is stronger than ever.
In 2009 it was time for a fresh look and a current sound. John formed the JOHN ERIC BAND. John's influences include George Strait, Tracy Byrd, Clay Walker, Merle Haggard, and Mark Chesnutt to name a few. John was influenced by the music of Texas and you can hear that influence in his music and style.
Through the years of performing in honky-tonks, casinos and night clubs, John was constantly complemented on how close he looked and sounded to George Strait. Upon George Strait's retirement in 2013, John had heard of "tribute" bands but was leary of the stigma that sometimes is associated with them. After much deliberation, John decided to put together a George Strait Tribute Band and The Troubadour Experience, www.thetroubadourexperience.com was launched in the summer of 2013. The show has been a success and is now traveling nationally and internationally. Between the John Eric Band, The Troubadour Experience and acoustic shows, John averages a busy schedule of around 180-200 shows per year.
John has had the honor of opening for major acts including: