“PURSUE WHAT YOU LOVE, WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT. DON’T LET SOMEBODY ELSE DICTATE YOUR LIFE’S PATH.”
– JACK NICKLAUS
MV2 songwriter, CMT Discovery Artist, and Lake Oconee, GA native, Eric Dodd has used his degree in Music Business degree from UGA to navigate the different sectors of his career. “It’s a business so you have to treat it that way whether it comes to publishing, touring or merchandise,” he explains. Dodd took his time getting to Nashville; making his rounds performing on Georgia’s college circuit and developing his songwriting skills. “It’s like a muscle. You have to keep working on it. I had 400 songs in my catalogue when I signed with MV2. I might have given up had I come to Nashville too early. There is so much talent here and it inspires me to sharpen my skills. There is always something to learn and ways to make yourself stand out as a singer/songwriter.”
Growing up as the son of a Golf Director, Dodd learned discipline and how to network at an early age. He even earned a golf scholarship to Middle Georgia College, although his heart was still in music. His high school band mate, Jesse Triplett, became the lead guitarist for Collective Soul and produced Dodd's 2016 EP, ‘FUN / FIRE/ RAIN.’ Eric was picked as a CMT Discovery Artist, and his video for the party anthem, “Outskirts” reached the #1 spot on CMT’s 12-Pack Countdown twice.
The singer/songwriter’s positive vibe and feel good lyrics combined with the soothing tone of his voice and impassioned guitar skills win his audience over every time. “I always aim for my shows to be engaging. Music is an escape and I want to make people happy and take them on a journey during the 45 minutes to an hour I get with them,” he explains.
Dodd has opened for Jake Owen, Old Dominion, Sam Hunt, Zac Brown Band, and most recently Sister Hazel, Corey Smith and Cole Swindell. “Opening for Sister Hazel at their sold out show at the Georgia Theatre has to be one of my favorite moments onstage. That’s the first time I’ve played there since the theatre burned down. I opened for Zac Brown Band there while I was at UGA, so it was incredible to come back. It was one of those full circle moments,” says Dodd.