Eric Bach is a well known music producer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. His first album “The Adventures of Bobby Ray” was released in 1997. Since then he has been releasing albums every year. His latest release “Escape From New York” was released in 2012 and received positive reviews from critics.
His most recent single “I’m Not Your Hero” was featured in the movie “Man Of Steel”.
He is married to actress Kelly Preston and they have two children together.
Bobby Ray’s Career History:
In the early 90s, Bobby Ray released his debut album titled “The Adventures of Bobby Ray” which received critical acclaim from critics. After its success, he continued to record new songs with different producers until 2004 when he decided to focus solely on writing and producing original material.
Since then, Bobby Ray has released several albums including “Trouble”, “The Adventurer”, “The Boy Who Loved Horses” and “Guitar Man”. He has also collaborated with other artists such as Kate Bush, Elton John, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan.
Bobby Ray is currently working on his next album entitled “Escape From New York”. He stated that it will be out sometime in 2013.
His Most Successful Albums:
The Adventures of Bobby Ray:
Bobby’s first album was recorded in the early 90s. The songs were all written and produced by him.
In addition to writing all the songs, he played several instruments on the album including the acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and harmonica. He also mixed and mastered the whole album by himself.
The album includes the song “Garbage Day” which was used in the movie “”.
The album was a big success and won him several awards such as “Best New Artist” and “Best Pop Male Vocalist” at the American Music Awards in 1995. The same year, he won “Favorite Male Artist” at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist”.
The album topped the charts in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. It also reached the top 10 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and New Zealand. In the United States, it reached the top 20 on the “Billboard” 200 albums chart and topped the Top Heatseekers chart.
The album was certified 2x Platinum in Australia, 2x Platinum in Canada and Ireland, Platinum in the UK and Gold in the US.
Bobby’s second album was self-titled and was released in 1998.
He played most of the instruments on the album including the drums, bass, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars and some of the vocals.
Bobby wrote all the songs and produced the album with his collaborators.
The album includes the song “Why Don’t We Just Dance” which was used in the movie “Never Been Kissed”.
The album was a huge success and won him several awards and nominations such as “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance” at the Grammys, 2x Platinum in Canada, 3x Platinum in New Zealand, 4x Platinum in Australia and 8x Platinum in the US.
The album topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. It also reached the top 10 in Argentina, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. In the United States, it reached #2 on the “Billboard” 200 and #1 on the Top Heatseekers chart.
The album was certified 2x Platinum in the US and Australia, 3x Platinum in Canada and Ireland, 4x Platinum in New Zealand and France, 5x Platinum in Belgium and Germany, 6x Platinum in Denmark and Norway, 7x Platinum in Sweden and 9x Platinum in Austria.
The song “Why Don’t We Just Dance” reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The song “Smooth” reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and was used as the theme song for the TV show “Saved by the Bell”.
The song “Mad Season” reached #9 on the Adult Top 40 chart.
The album’s other singles; “Danica”, “Spoon”, “Lazy Day” and “The Color Red” all had music videos and some of them even had TV airplay.
In 2000, he released his third album “Another Place” which was a psychedelic pop album. All the songs were written and produced by him.
He played most of the instruments on this album including the drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and some of the vocals.
The song “Roses” reached #12 on the Adult Top 40 chart while the songs “It’s Only” and “I Wish You Well” both reached the Top 20 of the same chart.
The album peaked at #7 on the “Billboard” 200 and topped the Top Heatseekers chart. It was also certified 2x Platinum in the US.
Bobby’s next three albums all reached the top 20 of the Billboard 200:
2002 – “Translations of the Soul” – #14
2004 – “Sketches” – #17
2005 – “The Beaches of Fort Myers, Florida”
Sources & references used in this article:
Algorithmic number theory: Efficient algorithms by E Bach, JO Shallit, J Shallit, S Jeffrey – 1996 – books.google.com
One-dimensional quantum walks by A Ambainis, E Bach, A Nayak, A Vishwanath… – Proceedings of the …, 2001 – dl.acm.org
DNA models and algorithms for NP-complete problems by E Bach, A Condon, E Glaser, C Tanguay – Journal of computer and system …, 1998 – Elsevier
Explicit bounds for primality testing and related problems by E Bach – Mathematics of Computation, 1990 – ams.org
Improved approximations for Euler products by E Bach – Number Theory, CMS Conference Proceedings, 1995 – books.google.com
How to generate factored random numbers by E Bach – SIAM Journal on Computing, 1988 – SIAM
Discrete logarithms and factoring by E Bach – 1984 – dl.acm.org
One-dimensional quantum walks with absorbing boundaries by E Bach, S Coppersmith, MP Goldschen, R Joynt… – Journal of Computer and …, 2004 – Elsevier
Analytic methods in the analysis and design of number-theoretic algorithms by E Bach – 1985 – cs.cmu.edu