â€” As Eric Silver prepares to release his latest single and video in the Brazilian market, he continues to tackle new projects in both Brazil and Music City â€”
Nashville multi-instrumentalist Eric Silver has toured and/or recorded with a range of artists, from country stars The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain, to jazzers David Grisman and Victor Wooten, as well as pop legends Cyndi Lauper and Donna Summer. His playing can be heard on recordings from the likes of Keith Urban and Twain. Silver played mandolin on her 20-million-selling Come On Over album, including the smash single â€œYouâ€™re the One.â€? He has written hits for artists like The Dixie Chicks, Diamond Rio, Michelle Wright and Australian Idol runner-up Shannon Noll. In the past several years, Silver has done the near impossible, developing a second career as a hit artist and songwriter in Brazil.
In collaboration with
famed Brazilian producer/A&R executive Rick Bonadio, Silver has had some 60 cuts with various Brazilian artists. Since 2007, Silver has been the most recorded American songwriter in Brazil, and artists he has worked with include pop-rock sensations TitÃ£s, Fresno and NX Zero, with whom Silver has developed a close collaborative relationship. So vital are his contributions to the million-selling, Latin GRAMMYÂ® Award-winning band, that he is often NX Zeroâ€™s only â€œoutsideâ€? player. The bandâ€™s lead singer, Diego â€œDiâ€? Ferrero, guests on Silverâ€™s upcoming debut single, â€œWhen Youâ€™re Here.â€? The single and video will be released on Midas Music Brazil (Universal) later this month, and the video is currently being previewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhXgFA5JP0U.
Silver states, â€œWhen I got the chance to dive in and create my style and artistry in Brazil, I really focused on how to improve my craft â€“ dig deep and make a more unique footprint. I tried to get out of my comfort zone and make my writing much more personal.â€?
Silver started making trips to Brazil many years ago and fell in love with the country. Through his then-publisher, EMI Music, he started making music connections and learning Portuguese, which he now speaks fluently. He started doing sessions there, writing for Brazilian artists and even landed a spot as a judge on a Brazilian American Idol-style television show, which was viewed by up to ten million people per night.
NX Zero recently asked Silver to collaborate as a writer and be a featured vocalist and musician on two songs from their highly anticipated November release, Projeto Paralelo. Silver is also currently producing Canadian act Ryan Laird, and has recent cuts with Nashvilleâ€™s Anthony Smith and Australian rocker Wes Carr.
Silver credits Bonadio for believing in his talents and always giving him unique opportunities to shine. These tasks have ranged from writing and recording string arrangements for NX Zero, to writing for and co-producing Brazilian rapper Tulio Dek. Bonadio says, â€œEric is a rare talent who creates great music for many kinds of people. Here, the young audience already loves his work with NX Zero. The more mature listeners will love him because of his unique and emotional vocals. There's a lot of excitement about his single here in Brazil, as it will be his first official solo release."