Eric Stanley (born April 19, 1991) is an American violinist, composer, and internet entrepreneur. He is the founder of the digital media company Onewayhope. Stanley presents improvisational violin performances found on his YouTube channel, Estan247, which was introduced in 2009.
In April 2015, Stanley made his national television debut on ESPN First Take and provided the theme song on violin.
Stanley was born in Chesapeake, Virginia and comes from a family of musicians. He has an older brother named Marcus (born 1985), who is a pianist, and an older sister, Anhayla (born 1988), a singer. He attended Short Pump Middle School in Richmond, Virginia. With the encouragement of his teachers, Stanley began playing the violin at age 12. He named Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band as his major musical influence. When he entered high school, Stanley joined the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra.
2009-2014: Career beginnings
In 2009, at the age of 18, Stanley began posting videos on Internet websites YouTube, WorldStarHipHop, and PerezHilton.com. Stanley has experimented in combining improvisational violin playing with hip hop, pop, and classical. One of his first videos was a violin cover of Say Ahh by R&B artist Trey Songz. Other songs included Love the Way You Lie and Airplanes. During 2011 Stanley released The Eric Stanley Project, a mixtape. In 2011, he became a "viral sensation" and performed as the opening act for rapper B.o.B. In 2011, Stanley performed for President Bill Clinton in Orlando, Florida. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating in 2014.
2015-present: National attention and Eric Stanley EP
Following Stanley's performance on ESPN First Take, he announced the release of his debut EP Eric Stanley. In September 2016, Stanley produced the soundtrack at New York Fashion Week for a presentation of the KLS collection by Kimora Lee Simmons.
Stanley has visited more than 200 K-12 schools across the United States to "help young students stay inspired." In April 2017, he worked with Newark Public Schools to raise $2,424 to purchase 20 violins for the students.
On July 20, 2017, Stanley joined Usher's New Look for the Disruptive Innovation Summit in Atlanta. The non-profit organization presented the event in SunTrust Park. Usher's mission was "to have a creative gathering of forward thinking youth leaders."
Extended Play (EPs)
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- ^ Eric Stanley (performer) (July 7, 2010). Eric Stanley - Eminem Ft. Rihanna "Love The Way You Lie" Violin Cover (Shockwave Flash video). WorldStarHipHop. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ Eric Stanley (performer) (December 2, 2011). This Rad Guy Fiddles With Stereo Hearts By Gym Class Heroes! (unspecified video format). PerezHilton.com. Retrieved 2015.
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- ^ "Virginia Commonwealth University: Eric Stanley". vcu.edu. Retrieved 2017.
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- ^ "Acclaimed millennial violinist Eric Stanley visits BRICK Avon Academy's young musicians" (Interview). Newark, NJ: Brick City Live. April 21, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
- ^ Moriarty, Katey (April 18, 2017). "Viral violinist visits students at BRICK Avon Academy in Newark" (Interview). Newark, NJ: Fios 1 News. Retrieved 2017.
- ^ "Disruptive Innovation Summit" (PDF). ushersnewlook.org. Usher's New Look. July 21, 2017. Retrieved 2017.