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Eric Val

My name is Eric Val and I'm from the Williamsport area. As it is for most muscians my parent's record collection is what got me interested in music. Bands like Guns and Rose, Pearl Jam, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Bad Company and many others caught my interest. Then in my teens bands like Sevendust, Shinedown, Everlast, Marvin Gaye, Stone Sour, Josh Groban, Seether, anything really, that grabbed my attention and inspired me, and still do to this day. I begged for a guitar for my eleventh birthday and my mom got me my first and I never looked back. Years later, I started taking classical vocal lessons from Suzanne Fedeli which led to the voice I have today. Along the way, I started playing drums, bass and keyboards but on the records I leave those instruments to the professionals.

Creatively what inspires me is what is going on in my life, whether it be negative or positive. Whichever emotion I am feeling at that time inspires me, whatever genre of music I am listening to, I go with it and hold nothing back. I see no limits, no lines and I go with what fuels my fire and soul at that particular time and place. Which leads me to my style and genre that I describe as "Diverse Music With A Hard Rock Edge" or "Diverse Rock" for short. I never limit myself to one sound, tone, genre, place, thing or idea. I love all types of music and incorporate everything I feel and hear into what I create.

Tragedy is inspired by the passing of my best friend due to a meth overdose. Then shortly after the opiod epidemic in many areas and all the suicides around the country led me to re-write the song you will hear. With all that, it is dedicated to the ones we've lost, the ones left behind and the affect it has on us. Musically, it is a combination of rock, country and classical music. The reaction towards the song and video (who Steve Gibson from Creature Feature Designs helped create) have been no words but rather tears, especially to those who have been through a situation like this. I believe the reaction will be the same for many. Either you will connect with it on a personal level and love it or you will toss it aside and hate it. The song is written not only for the ones we've lost but the ones left behind. Hopefully, it will inspire those who are thinking of taking drugs or committing suicide to think twice and think of the loved ones they will leave behind.

The reason I am donating all the proceeds from Tragedy to Recovery Community Connection is that first and foremost I cannot in good conscious make money off the tragedy of others. Second, they are a great organization and just starting off and need our help. They focus on the years of recovery after getting sober, and preventing a relapse. Which I believe hasn't been looked into enough. For more information go to Recovery Community Connection on Facebook. There you can find out more information and place a donation.

As for what's next for me? That would be the release of my second album "My Gift, My Curse" due out the end of this summer. It is the most diverse rock album ever and I stand by that statement. Featuring fourteen different musicians from the area with over twenty different instruments throughout the album.

There are a lot of people I would like to thank but there is not nearly enough room. So I'll keep it as short as possible. First and foremost is Richard Rupert at Green Valley Recording, my sister Sara who handles the website, photos, and promotions. Steve Gibson at Creature/Feature Design, all the musicians who lent their talent to this album, and my family and friends for all your support.