Bandleader / Singer / Musician / Composer-producer Eric Nicolas leads the incredibly versatile top-shelf party band One Love. Eric creates custom musical events, drawing on a vast array of styles and genres, designed to deliver each client’s dream party.
A graduate with honors from Brown University, Eric originally trained as a trumpet player and later as classical guitarist but at heart he was always a singer and rock musician. Eric Nicolas has played and sung, danced and acted, professionally, since his teens growing up in Kansas City. He began performing shows of his original music in his early twenties settling in New York City where he has worked as a sideman and performer, songwriter, librettist, bandleader, and arranger/producer since the early nineties. A tireless performer and serious guitarist, he’s well-regarded for his adeptness in many genres; in any given month he can be seen performing country pop, Brazilian jazz, straight-up rock&roll, and anything from his vast personal repertoire of the best pop music styles of the 20th, and the new, centuries.
Eric has toured as singing guitarist with artists including Taylor Dayne, Phoebe Snow, the Drifters and Sasha Lazard; current members of One Love have recorded, and performed as band members, with Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, The Rolling Stones, Hall & Oates, Robert Plant, Talking Heads, Kool & the Gang, Donna Summer, Ray Charles, Tower of Power, Average White Band, Britney Spears, and many others. So, when a song from One Love sounds like the playing on the original recording, often it’s because it is!
Large special events with music featuring Eric Nicolas & One Love have included repeated engagements at NYC’s Gotham Grill, Del Posto, the Metropolitan Club, and the most exclusive wineries, yacht and golf clubs, and inns of Long Island, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, West Virginia, Washington/Baltimore, New Jersey and Florida, as well as forays to destination events in Puerta Vallarta, the Trentino region of Italy, and St. Barth’s, FWI. Clients with a special love of great music have found their events a natural fit for this band: One Love has been especially proud to have produced and performed events for members of the Beastie Boys, the Cargill and Kennedy families, and the family of Atlantic Records founders Ahmet and Nesui Ertegun, among many others.