Cleveland, Ohio native, and veteran vocalist and songwriter, Eric Nolan Grant began singing at the tender age of four. Eric realized at the age of nineteen that he wanted a career in music. During his teen years, he was a member of the Cleveland singing group, The Deltones. He began his professional career singing background vocals for Dennis Edwards of The Temptations when he too launched a solo career in 1984.
After several years, Eric departed to Detroit, Michigan and teamed up with songstress, Jeanie Lyles to form a duet called E & J. After spending four years in Detroit, Eric returned home to Cleveland to sing background vocals for late R&B superstar, Gerald LeVert. He toured with Eddie and Gerald LeVert during their memorable Father and Son Tour. Eric was the recipient of a Gold Record Award for his contribution as a background vocalist for the Father and Son CD. After a year of touring, Eric auditioned for and nailed a gig as a member of The Legendary O’Jays.
Throughout his career, Eric has experienced the full gamut of opportunities in the entertainment world. He made his acting debut in the star-studded movie, The Fighting Temptations, and received a Gold Record Award for the movie soundtrack. He has shared the stage and the studio with some of the biggest names in the business. Eric Nolan has certainly had his share of notable television appearances and performances. The Apprentice, Oprah, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, and The View are just a few. He has performed coast to coast in some of this country’s largest and most popular concert venues; from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre to New York’s Legendary Apollo Theatre. The awards and recognition of musical achievement for this gifted artist are numerous.
In 2001, The O’Jays were nominated by the NAACP for an Image Award. In 2002, they received a Grammy Award nomination for their CD, For the Love…and, they were the recipients of the prestigious Soul Train Quincy Jones Lifetime Achievement Award. A year later, in 2003, Eric received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts Degree from Shaw University (Raleigh, NC); And then, in 2004, The O’Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation. In July 2009 The O’Jays were the recipients of the BET Lifetime Achievement Award, where Eric along with his fellow O’Jays electrified the audience with their legendary style and flare. Eric’s biggest and most rewarding career performance to date came in 2005 at New York’s Waldorf Hotel, where The O’Jays were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
With the musical influences of the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown, The Jackson Five, The Temptations, and of course, The Mighty O’Jays, Eric is solidly poised and in the best position of his musical career to begin a musical re-birth of sort. Eric released his first solo project MOOD SWING in 2014, which is a collection of sensual musical vibes mixed with smooth vocals and sexy lyrics all related to love. Just recently, Eric released two new singles entitled #IML (In My Life) and #OMW (On My Way), both of which have made a great presence on the Smooth Jazz Charts. In 2018 Eric started T.E.N.S. (The Eric Nolan Show) on DC Radio. He is also currently developing a film based on his life story, titled I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER. Yet, Eric’s current and most fulfilling endeavor remains to be his phenomenal, electrifying performances as the third and youngest member of the Mighty O’Jays!
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