Steve Cooper talks with musician/songwriter Eric Bazilian. Eric is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, best known for being a founding member of the rock band The Hooters and for writing “One of Us,” made famous by Joan Osborne in 1995. Nervous Night, The Hooters’ 1985 debut on Columbia Records, sold more than 2 million copies and included Billboard Top 40 hits “Day By Day” (#18), “And We Danced” (#21) and “Where Do The Children Go” (#38). After releasing six albums, The Hooters obtained a large global following throughout the 1980s and 1990s. As a result, they were asked to open three major musical events of the late 20th century: Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985, Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium in 1986, and Roger Waters’ The Wall Concert in Berlin in 1990. In 1995, The Hooters went on hiatus but since then have released more studio and live albums and still tour together. Throughout his career Eric has collaborated on musical projects for many other artists. Some of the long list he has worked with include Jon Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, The Scorpions, Robbie Williams, Ricky Martin, LeAnn Rimes, Journey and many others. He also recently toured with Joe Bonamassa and performed in Europe at benefits for the Light of Day Foundation that helps with Parkinson’s Disease awareness.

Eric Bazilian