Eric Tingstad - The Full Story

by Eric Tingstad's Team

Eric Tingstad (born December 16, 1954) is an American Grammy Award-winning multi-genre record producer, musician and songwriter / composer. He was born and raised in Seattle, WA where he currently resides.

Best known as a fingerstyle guitarist, Tingstad has performed, recorded and produced Alternative Country, Blues, Americana, Rock, Smooth Jazz and Ambient / New Age music.

He cites early rock and roll influences such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and King Crimson along with Hawaiian slack key guitar, Ravi Shanker, The Kingston Trio, Flatt and Scruggs and Martin Denny.

In the mid 70s, Tingstad started intensivley studying the classical guitar with Segovian masters. This resulted in the fingerstyle technique that became the basis for most of the stylings and instrumental composition for which he is known. During this time he was also a member of Seattle-based rock band Pegasus playing lead guitar and bass.

His solo recording career began in 1982 with the release of On The Links. Capitalizing on his gift for composition, On the Links compiled eleven original songs best described as part of the then burgeoning New Age genre. The album appeared on his private label, Cheshire Records, under which he continues to release albums of his own music and others.

In 1985, Eric began a collaboration with woodwinds player Nancy Rumbel. Their debut album, The Gift, an acoustic Christmas collection, quickly became a holiday classic selling ten thousand copies in the first ten weeks and has gone on to sell over half a milllion copies. It remains a best-selling Christmas album.

In 1987 Tingstad signed a multi album record contract with Narada records which led to 14 recordings from 1987 to 2004. The catalog is now owned and distributed worldwide by EMI Capitol.

In 1998 the double album, American Acoustic was honored as "Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year". It debuted at number one on Adult Contemporary charts and spent 10 weeks on the Billboard radio charts. In 2000, Tingstad & Rumbel were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Tingstad won a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in 2003 as artist, engineer and producer of Tingstad and Rumbel's, Acoustic Garden. He continues to tour as part of Tingstad and Rumbel, an acoustic duo, that remains peerless in achievement and instrumentation.

By a vote of his peers, Tingstad was honored in October 2006 with the Coyote Award from Arts Northwest commemorating his leadership, visibility, and contributions to the constant change in the arena of live performance. In 2007 Eric received another GRAMMY nomination for his recording "Southwest."

In 2012 Tingstad released his instrumental Americana recording Badlands, which includes an appearance by Cindy Cashdollar.

Tingstad is also known for his philanthropic and community service work in regard to historical preservation, land trust and environmental issues which he has actively incorporated into his compositional themes and branding.

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