Eric Martin began his singing career in the late 1970s with a band called 415. With 415, Eric opened for many established acts like Billy Squire, Hall & Oats, Journey, ZZ Top and Foreigner. The band was signed to Elektra/Asylum records and released Sucker For a Pretty Face. Soon after, they changed their name to the Eric Martin Band. The band parted ways after returning from a 1984-85 tour with ZZ Top. For the next couple of years, Eric continued to tour and release albums as a solo artist. In 1988, Eric teamed up with Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey and Paul Gilbert to form Mr. Big. The band found huge success with the release of 6 studio albums, numerous hit singles and 6 top-selling live CDs. All combined, worldwide sales reached the 7 million mark. Mr. Big released their final album, Actual Size in 2001.
In between promoting and preparing for Mr. Big’s 2002 farewell tour, Eric continued to record songs for his fourth solo CD. I’m Goin Sane impressed critics and was released in Asia, Europe and the U.S. in late 2002. Eric went back into the studio to start recording Pure following a successful Japan tour, the European God’s Festival and a 23-city U.S tour.
Eric continued to record and tour internationally until 2009 when the original Mr. Big lineup decided to get back together to mark their 20th anniversary. They released a greatest hits album that went to #1, embarked on a sold out tour and recorded a live DVD at the infamous Budokan in Tokyo. The band had so much fun together that they decided to continue making music. The band released What If in 2011 and toured the world for 10 months following the release.
Today, Eric continues to tour like he always wanted to – on solo acoustic runs. Stay tuned Mr. Big plans on releasing a new album and tour support in the Fall of 2014.