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Eric Martin (born on October 10, 1960, in Long Island, New York State) is a singer, best known as the former vocalist of hard rock band, Mr. Big. Before his career in Mr. Big, he played in the rock group Kid Courage in San Francisco and also the band Stark Raving Mad in Santa Rosa California. With Walter (Herbie) Herbert (from Journey) and Sandy Einstein as managers, the band 415 formed in the late 1970s. They recorded one album under the name of The Eric Martin Band titled Sucker for a Pretty Face. EMB broke up in 1985, after which Eric Martin recorded two solo albums, Eric Martin and I'm Only Fooling Myself.

In 1988, Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey and Paul Gilbert formed Mr. Big, obtaining huge commercial success.

Eventually, Mr. Big went for a break, when 1998 saw the release of Eric's third solo album, Somewhere in the Middle, plus an accompanying tour with a new incarnation of the Eric Martin Band. After Mr. Big finally broke up in 2001, Eric Martin pursued his solo career further, releasing another solo album, Iím Goiní Sane, in 2002. He has since released two more albums, Pure, and his latest, Destroy All Monsters. He is also the lead singer and songwriter for the Tak Matsumoto Group, which released their first album, titled TMG1 in 2004. In 2007, Eric joined forces with Gunnar Nelson, Matthew Nelson, Kelly Keagy (Nightranger) and Mark Slaughter (Slaughter) to perform their hits as, Scrap Metal.

Eric Martin is still active in the music business, performing regularly in the United States and Japan, for which he recently sung the theme tune for the MMA series, PRIDE Fighting Championships, The Last Man Standing. Eric is married to his drummer Denise, and in 2004 became the father of twin sons, Dylan and Jake.


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