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Eric Willis
Eric Willis
The Sounds of Eric Willis Keyboardist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Teacher
Tell me about your history? How did you get where you are now?
Studied Jazz with Alvin Batiste - Southern University, Baton Rouge, La. 77th U.S. Army Band, Fort Sill, OK Music Director for Highland Park Church, Dallas, Texas Arranger for Park Cities B.C. Dallas Live Recordings (Producer): Fellowship of Joy, Park Cities, Highland Park and Tyrone Johnson
Have you performed live in front of an audience? Any special memories?
One of my favorite places to perform live is Brooklyn Jazz Cafe in downtown Dallas. I also have the pleasure of touring with Wayman Tisdale (Rendezvous Recording Artist). I wrote and produced the title song "Bounce" on Tom Braxton's new cd (Rendezvous Records). My performance credits include: Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Les McCann, Angela Bofill, Melba Moore and Roy Hargrove among others.
Your musical influences
I love the writing styles of Lionel Richie and Richard Smallwood. Joe Sample and Keith Jarrett are my favorite pianists.
What equipment do you use?
Motif 7, Nord Lead 2, Micro Korg, Fender Rhodes, 1080, Pro Tools, Reason - loops, Logic Micro - sequences.
Anything else?
I have manusctipts ready for publish; titles include: "What Music Means to God" - "The Sociology of Sacred Music" - "Do You See What I Hear" My desire is to encourage, inspire and enlighten.