David Eric Johnson Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 11 Dec, 2018
Facts of David Eric Johnson
Date of Birth: 1954 , August-17
Age: 64 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Eric Johnson
Birth Name David Eric Johnson
Nick Name EJ
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Austin, Texas
Ethnicity White
Profession Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist
Net Worth $750 thousand
Salary averagely $39,431 per hour
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Blonde
Face Color White
Tattoo(s) No
Famous for 'Seven Worlds', 'Ah Via Musicom', 'Cliffs of Dover'
Special Title …one of the most respected guitarists on the planet
Education Chatsworth Charter High School, the University of Texas
Awards Grammy Awards
Online Presence Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Music Group The Electromagnets(1974), G3:live in concert, Mariani
Sisters 3
Siblings 3
Books Alien Love Child: Live and Beyond, Tones, Seven Worlds
Albums 'Seven Worlds', 'Ah Via Musicom', 'Cliffs of Dover', Venus Isle, Up Close
View more / View Less Facts of David Eric Johnson

David Eric Johnson is an American vocalist, guitarist, and composer who is considered "one of the most respected guitarists on the planet." He is best recognized for his electric guitar skills and albums such as 'Seven Worlds', 'Ah Via Musicom' which was labeled with Capitol and certified Platinum. Similarly, he was honored with Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for his single hit 'Cliffs of Dover'.

Early Life And Education Of David Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson aka David Eric Johnson was born on 17 August in the year 1954, in Austin, Texas of United States of America. He is a Leo which defines his personality to be warm and driven by the desire to be loved. 

As born to a musically inclined family, he grabbed music sense at the early age of 11. He used to go to piano classes with his siblings and also started playing the Guitar.

After passing out from Chatsworth Charter High School, he attended the University of Texas and traveled to Africa along with his family.      

David Eric Johnson's Career

Eric Johnson joined his first professional rock band, Mariani with Vince MarianiJay Aaron Podolnick, at the age of 15. In 1968, Johnson and his group recorded a demo which was awarded Collector's Item a year later after limited release. After some time he along with his family went to Africa.

After returning back to Austin from Africa in 1974, he joined a local fusion band, The Electromagnets. 

CAPTION: Eric Johnson in The Electromagnets. SOURCE: Wikipedia

But without people's attention, the band did not get the success it deserved. The band broke up later on. Johnson did lose his hope and formed his own trio band with drummer Bill Maddox and bassist Kyle Brock.

Johnson recorded his debut album, Seven Worlds, from 1976–1978 in Austin. But due to contract disputes, it was not released until 1998.

Eric raised to fame after signing to Warner Bros. Records in 1984. In May 1986, 'Cliffs of Dover' from the concert at Austin City Limits on 1984, 31 July was issued in the Guitar Player magazine with his cover story.

CAPTION: Live from Austin - Eric Johnson SOURCE: iTunes, Apple

This helped him in publicizing his Album 'Tones' in 1986 on 12th of March which created a huge sensation. In 1987, this album's track "Zap" was nominated for the  Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The album did not sell well, and Warner Bros. broke the contract.

CAPTION: Tones by Eric Johnson by Warner Bros. Records SOURCE: eBay

He, later on, signed the contract with indie label Cinema Records by Capitol Records and released his 1990 Capitol Records debut album, Ah Via Musicom. The album's second track, "Cliffs of Dover", exemplified his unique sound and owned him a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

Venus Isle released on September 3, 1996,  was an album that showed Johnson's growth as a guitarist, songwriter, producer, musical arranger, and vocalist. But the album did not match to the expectation of the people. He succeeded tour from October to November 1996 with fellow guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. "G3" tour resulted in a successful platinum-selling video G3: Live in Concert.

In 1994, Johnson worked on a side project, Alien Love Child and played shows while recording Venus Isle

In 1998, Johnson was among the judges in Musician magazine's "Best Unsigned Bands" competition, along with Ani DiFrancoMoby, Art Alexakis of Everclear, Keb' Mo', and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.

He subsequently released ten solo albums between 1978 and 2013. In March 2014, Johnson performed in the eighth edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour, highlighting the music of Jimi Hendrix.

He has recently, released new album Collage on November 17, 2017. labeled as Vortexan.

 
 
 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My new album is out today!!! Go check out my store in my bio link. Ericjohnson.com

A post shared by Eric Johnson (@officialericjohnson) on

Guitar Player magazine recognized Eric Johnson as"…one of the most respected guitarists on the planet."

Eric has released more than 10 of his solo albums. He has earned one Grammy Awards and six Grammy Award Nomination for his hits till now and is going for more.

David Eric Johnson's Net Worth

Eric Johnson is an American guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who is estimated to have the net worth of $750 thousand dollars. His main source of income is his music career. It is reported that the average salary of a musician is approximately $39,431 per hour. As per Eric's experience and his skills he may get a lot higher income than the accumulated amount.    

A huge portion of his income is earned through the selling of his customized musical instruments. The beginning price of his customized guitars is $90,000. Some of his modified guitars are 1957 Fender Stratocaster, 1954 Fender Stratocaster, Fender Stratocaster Eric Johnson Prototype, Fender Stratocaster Eric Johnson Signature, Fender Stratocaster Eric Johnson Signature (Rosewood) and many more.   

CAPTION: Eric using PRS Angelus Cutaway SOURCE: Music radar

But Eric mostly prefers PRS Angelus Cutaway, as it is his favorite and has used it since the release of this Guitar.

David Eric Johnson's Personal Life    

Despite being popular and successful, Eric Johnson has maintained a very low-key personal life away from his fans and entire media. He is rumored to have been married and living happily with his wife and children in various online portals, but Eric has denied the rumors. 

However, while having the fact that there is very less news about his private life, he actually had a girlfriend named Anne in 1996.  

In 2011, he met with Erin, his another girlfriend who presented a cake onstage on the occasion of his 57th birthday in front of Charlotte.

In spite of this surprise, there are no any further news about this couple nor this person's personal life. But according to a few sources, he is now happily enjoying his singlehood and is not recently engaged in the relationship with anyone.  

Related