The Desert Pulse artist spotlight on Eric Dodge.
Name: Eric Dodge or The Eric Dodge Band
Band members: Eric Dodge, Andy Dodge, John Houston, Dutch Workman, Kevin Till
Genre: Country and Musical Theater
Hometown: St. George, Utah
Influences: John Michael Montgomery, Garth Brooks, Collin Raye, Josh Groban, Lionel Richie
Whether you are a resident or just passing through, one thing is for certain, you will not remain in the southern Utah red-rocked desert for long without hearing the name, Eric Dodge. His musical talent has earned him a reputation of considerable notoriety; but, fans that follow him, soon discover it is his warm, engaging, and caring personality that truly makes him a giant in the community. Filled with generosity and positive encouragement of others, Eric Dodge is the kind of person others hope to be and want in a friend.
Eric Dodge began his music career on September 11, 2001. There was much that precipitated the moment of his “accidentally” stepping on the stage for the first time.
“So, in the year 2000 I was 80 pounds overweight, depressed, and didn’t think I was good at anything,” Dodge shared with The Desert Pulse. “I was not one of those who was born to sing or had any talent at all. I didn’t write songs or play instruments growing up other than the trumpet in the high school marching band. I was severely bullied in school and it followed me into my adult years as fear and depression. I never dared to try anything and I ended up dropping out of college.”
“In 2001, I decided, due to some health issues, I was going to lose some weight, Dodge recalled. “I lost about 50 pounds. Then, my grandfather ended up passing away. I took it super hard. I also won a cruise and had never been on a cruise before. I ended up going with my brother on September 10th 2001.”
“Well, on Sept 11th we were in Mexico when our country was attacked,” stated Dodge. “That was a complete nightmare for me as someone who has severe anxiety and depression issues. While the coast guard was searching our boat we waited on the top deck of the boat where they were doing Karaoke. My brother dared me to try singing something. I always thought maybe I could sing. The rest of my family was talented and could sing but I never dared to try. I was a full grown adult when I finally stood up and tried Karaoke. When I finished the song I could not believe I was able to get through it. I was shaking and couldn’t hold the microphone still but I focused on the words on the tv screen and made it through.”
“When I finished singing a woman came up to my and she was crying and she gave me a hug and said “you need to go home and become a singer.” Those words ate at me for many months. I found a voice teacher and another voice teacher. Each one sent me to another teacher until I ended up in Los Angeles with Seth Riggs the voice teacher for the stars in Hollywood. I worked very hard and singing and marketing myself even though I was getting a late start. I didn’t have a band until 2005 and never released my first Nashville country album until 2005. I used to just sing to karaoke tracks and shamelessly market myself.”
“I got made fun of a whole lot. I got complaints called in about me at some of the opening acts when I didn’t have a band. People used to call me a wanna be karaoke singer opening for large national groups. I never quit. I kept trying and ignoring even though it hurt having people not like me. I just wanted to sing now that I knew there was something that I was good at.”
“Recently I began writing books. My latest book “Why Not Today? Face Your Fears and Chase Your Dreams!” is my story. It is a very in depth look at my life going through extreme bullying, to depression, to anxiety, to weight loss, and becoming a singer, a speaker, and an author. I know that everyone is good at something. It just takes some of us longer to figure out what we want to be when we grow up. It starts with facing your fears. I am often controlled by fears but I fight very hard to overcome them. Usually. when I do, something great happens.”
Without a doubt, hard-work and persistence have combined with talent for Eric Dodge. From the first taking the stage on the cruise ship in 2001, to his first local live performance at the St. George Art Festival in 2003, he was determined to make his new found passion a reality. His albums are making waves in the country music world. His album “Why Not Today” became a huge international success. The album has sold around the globe in over 15 countries and even topped the Amazon.com best selling albums list.
Eric Dodge has been featured in Country Weekly magazine, KUTV 2 News at Noon, and Good Things Utah, several times. He has released eight albums and has performed across the United States and Canada. In 2012, he was accepted into the Country Music association (CMA).
In 2013, Eric became an Author and entered the world of book writing. He released his debut book titled Baby Steps To Music Industry Success. In 2015, Eric released his second book Why Not Today? Face Your Fears and Chase Your Dreams! He is also a member of the National Speakers Association, where he shares his musical messages in Keynote and Corporate events all across the United States.
Eric Dodge has also shared the stage with many of country music’s biggest names, some of which include, Clint Black, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, SheDaisy, Julianne Hough, John Michael Montgomery, Justin Moore, Collin Raye, Chris Ledoux, Diamond Rio, Terri Clark, Travis Tritt, and Carrie Underwood in front of over 50,000 people!
With all of the success he has already had and his continuing to climb, Dodge has not lost focus on family, community, and happiness. Eric Dodge is a magnificent talent; but, he is even a better human being!
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