Eric Stuart Band and Ikasucon Announce Kickstarter Project

Jan 10th 2012
Fundraising effort to produce new album from Voice Actor's band

Nashville, TN – January 9th, 2012 – Veteran voice actor Eric Stuart (known for his roles in Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!) has launched a project on crowd funding platform Kickstarter to help in producing his new studio album “Strangers In A Strange Love.” His band, the self-titled Eric Stuart Band funds the Indie Rock albums out of their own pocket and decided that for their latest album, they would appeal to the community of fans for help in getting the record off the ground. Pledges to the project can be made until Sunday, February 19th, 2012. If, at the time, the required amount of money has been pledged, then the project will be funded and produced. For pledging to help with this massive undertaking, there are various incentive levels based on the amount pledged that include signed copies of the new album (once produced), stickers, t-shirts, hats and even a live concert in your home!

Ikasucon, an anime convention held in Fort Wayne, IN, has partnered with Eric to promote his project and get the word out to fans of his work. Eric has been a staple of the anime community for years and we have enjoyed his work both on screen as a voice-over artist and behind the scenes as a director. Ikasucon is also playing host to a rock concert in July where the Eric Stuart Band will be headlining and a release party for the CD will be held. Fans will enjoy a truly exciting experience as they pledge to the project and then get to see the fruits of their efforts in a LIVE concert where an appreciative Eric Stuart Band will share with congoers in celebrating another successful album launch.

Check out the project at www.www.kickstarter.com/projects/384364080/eric-stuart-band-new-album-strangers-in-a-strange and be a part of an anime legend's career.

ABOUT Ikasucon: Held annually in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ikasucon is a Japanese anime and gaming convention. Celebrating their 10th year in 2012, the convention strives to bring together fans of the genre with the talent that makes it possible. From voice actors to editors to ADR directors and more, Ikasucon continually makes strides to be the premiere anime convention in the area. This year's convention is being held July 13th to 15th at the Grand Wayne Convention center in Fort Wayne. This year's guests include Sonny Strait, Blake Shepard, Steve Nunez (aka Warky T. Chocobo), Steve Horton, Chuck Huber, and Eric Stuart. More information is available at www.ikasucon.org or www.facebook.com/group/ikasucon.

ABOUT Eric Stuart: Brooklyn born and raised singer/songwriter Eric Stuart has toured the country either on his own or with such rock legends as Peter Frampton, Ringo Starr, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He's also opened for such acts as Jethro Tull, Julian Cope, Hall and Oates, and Chicago.

His first full-length album, Curiosity, was released in 1996 on his own independent label, Widow's Peak Records, and was soon followed up in 1997 with Picture Perfect World (EP).

In the summer of 1997, Eric's classic rock & roll style was noticed by Ringo Starr who invited him to open The Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Tour, featuring Peter Frampton, Jack Bruce (Cream), Gary Brooker (Procul Harum), and Simon Kirke (Bad Company). That exposure served as a springboard for Eric to open for the Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Paul Rodgers Tour that same summer.

Since then, Eric Stuart has been touring on a regular basis including two U.S. tours with Peter Frampton.

In 2000 Frampton produced Eric's next album, Blue, Dressed In Black along with John Regan and Harvey Jay Goldberg.

Now living in Nashville, Eric's songwriting talents have given him the opportunity to begin co-writing with some of Nashville's finest songwriters.

In 2004 Eric released the self-produced independent album Bombshellshocked on RevUp Records. In 2007, he released his next album entitled In The County Of Kings on Widow's Peak Records. In 2009 Eric Stuart Band released the CD 'Empty Frame Of Reference'.

Eric Stuart Band's last album entitled ‘Falls On Me’ was released March 2011. Eric and the band (Eric Stuart, lead vocals/guitar, Mason Swearingen, bass/vocals, Jenna Malizia, vocals, Phil Nix, lead guitar/vocals, Kevin Merritt, keyboards/vocals, Maria Conti, violin/vocals, and Joe Palmaccio, drums) are in the studio now working on the next Eric Stuart Band album 'Strangers In A Strange Love'

Eric does all this while continuing a successful voice acting/directing career, starring in hit shows including Pokémon (Brock, James), Yu-Gi-Oh! (Seto Kaiba), Viva Pinata, Ultimate Muscle, Dinosaur King, Kirby, Slayers, Chaotic, Sonic X, TMNT, GoGoRiki, in addition to voicing many national radio and TV commercials and audiobook narrations.

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