Eric started singing at the age of three, and by 13 was playing guitar and harmonica. Early musical influences included Credence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, Isaac Hayes, Janis Joplin, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, and Neil Young.
After playing in garage bands and at dances and talent shows through his teen years in Schodack, NY, Eric was discovered at age 17 by a talent agent working with Nashville recording artist Mirinda. For three years, Eric performed with Mirinda and The American Country Band as master of ceremonies, playing rhythm and lead guitar, and providing lead and backing vocals. Eric was nominated for male vocalist of the year by the Northeast Country Music Association.
Following Eric's departure from Mirinda and The American Country Band, Eric played briefly with former bandmates Bob Sweet, Jr. and Alex Craig in a new band - Whitehorse. He then turned his focus from country music to rock and roll and the alternative sounds of the 90's, with the group Uncle Wiggly and the Nightcrawlers.
Recently, Eric has been performing throughout upstate New York as a solo artist and as a guitarist and vocalist in several bands that include Rocky and the Moosemen (Rocky Petrocelli, Eric Peter, and John DonVito, together with Charlie Vatalaro and Mike Kelly whenever possible), and Sons of Octomom (Eric Peter, Tyler Peter, and Michelle Howland).