The eldest of three brothers, Eric grew up in Western Washington. He is a product of influences like Led Zeppelin, King Crimson and time spent pounding out rock and roll. Not to mention the family "Hi-fi" with Hawaiian slack key guitar, Ravi Shanker, The Kingston Trio and Martin Denny. A classically trained guitarist in the Segovian tradition, Tingstad began his recording career in 1981 with the release of "On The Links." As a soloist he developed a devoted following with a warm, personal style that became known as "Northwest Impressionism."
A classically trained guitarist in the Segovian tradition, Tingstad began his recording career in 1981 with the release of "On The Links." As a soloist he developed a devoted following with a warm, personal style that became known as "Northwest Impressionism."
In 1985, Eric began a collaboration with Nancy Rumbel and their road to success has been paved with critical acclaim. Their debut album, The Gift, an acoustic Christmas collection, quickly became a holiday classic selling ten thousand copies in the first ten weeks and has gone on to sell over 400,000 copies. It remains a best-selling Christmas album rated fifth on the Top Ten Holiday Classics List compiled for NAV.
In 1990 Billboard dubbed their sound a "sonic landscape" and In the Garden raked in national reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post as well as Billboard in the fall of 1991. Both Pastorale and Paradise debuted at number one on the Adult Contemporary charts.
In 1998 their double album, American Acoustic was honored as "Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year" by NAV. It debuted at number one on Adult Contemporary charts and spent 10 weeks on the Billboard radio charts.
A Carnegie Hall appearance in 2000. And in 2003 he received a Grammy Award for Acoustic Garden with Tingstad and Rumbel.
By a vote of his peers, Tingstad was honored in October 2006 with the Coyote Award from Arts Northwest commemorating his leadership, visibility, and contributions to the constant change in the arena of live performance.
In 2007 Eric received another GRAMMY nomination for his recording "Southwest."