Eric Essix began his career as a recording artist in 1988 with his debut CD, First Impressions followed by Second Thoughts in 1989 on contemporary jazz label, Nova Records. While completing a bachelor's degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Nova Records folded leaving Eric without an outlet for the amazing new band he had just assembled called Modern Man. The group consisted of longtime bassist, Sean Michael Ray and new classmates, Matt Rohde on keyboards, Melvin Butler on sax and a young, up and coming phenom, Lil' John Roberts on drums.
In 2013, Eric released his 20th CD the critically acclaimed, Evolution. The album is lovingly dedicated to the four young women who lost their lives in the 1963 bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church. Created to share a message of healing, reconciliation and hope, Evolution is the most successful album on the Essential Recordings label to date selling more physical copies and digital downloads than any previous release. The single, Foot Soldiers, went to number one on the Smoothjazz.com Indie Chart and number 9 on the Top Fifty Chart while maintaining positions on many others throughout the industry.
For 2014, Eric breaks new ground recording an album covering a collection of ballads from one of his favorite bands of all time, The Isley Brothers. Essix respectfully interprets the Isley's familiar melodies on the guitar and, at the same time, effortlessly makes each one of these musical gems his own with thoughtful arrangements and solid performances. The album features stellar guest vocal performances by Frank McComb, Jason Eskridge and Kaleah Wooten.