My biggest inspiration is the simple love of creating something artful out of nothing. Music always seemed natural to me, an ingrained love, the best means whereby I can express my authentic soul.” - Erick Duran Manard

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Artist's Bio:

About the Album: 

Symmetry: A sense of harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance. The life lesson ironically of my personal experiences through 2020: God is always there, resolving. "Odd Symmetry" is one 'rock opera,' a cerebral concept album, an eclectic collection of musical pieces reflecting the unpredictable, transitory nature and events of life. Each composition, from Scene 1 to Epilogue, tells a part of the bigger story, and follows a timeline of tragedy vs. triumph; the worst of times, yet the best of times: calm in the chaos. It's my painful personal story of human "brokenness" and Divine resolution, told conceptually via musical art. Based on true events. Published by CD Baby.

About the Artist: 

Born in 1968, I grew up around live music via tube amps, reel-to-reel analog recording, scratchy vinyl records, and a father who played drums professionally and recorded songs in collaboration with Wayne Carson and Charlie Daniels, and also played behind Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and others. I've been exposed to an appreciation for all kinds of music: country, folk, rock, gospel, jazz. My music is a product of those influences.   

I discovered long ago that I'm an eclectic. Since I'm an Independent Artist, we could call my music "Eclectic Indie Rock," with sprinklings of "Eclectic Prog" thrown in for good measure, such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, The Pineapple Thief, Riverside, Rush, Yes, Zeppelin, etc. I'm an award-winning songwriter, session musician, multi-instrumentalist, and have been writing, playing, and recording music since I was 11.   

Despite some helpful formal musical training, I am predominantly self-taught on playing the instruments. I'm schooled in music theory, but my ear is my guide and final arbiter. If it sounds good, it is good. I have played in and gigged with various local bands over the years, but now I am content with performing session work, writing compositional art, and recording my solo efforts. My goal is to write and/or play compositions that listeners would find appealing, inspirational, or relatable.   

Whatever you do, just be authentic, and I can dig it! I'm no rock star, simply a lover of music. Contact me at: