I started playing guitar at age 13, and by the age of 16, I was teaching guitar out of my parents basement to adults and children. At that time, I didn’t know Christ and I was struggling…. then BAMM!!! I experienced my salvation day when I was 17 years old. I quit my rock band and started leading worship for my youth group. I studied music at Wright State University finishing with a BA in Music Education. While completing my music degree and after teaching thousands of private one-on-one lessons in my own studio, I began to develop a course of study and started writing my first guitar lesson book. Now there are many books and hundreds of videos and you can study with me from anywhere in the world. (Quick plug: Check out the WTK Store! or grab a few of our popular songbooks from Amazon.com)
… and then I married Emily, a talented writer and singer/songwriter. Emily started singing and writing songs when she was 9 years old. She started recording her work and seriously pursuing writing and singing in her teens and has a passion for lyrics and stories. Emily’s songwriting and recorded work has been featured on the radio (www.eurekaparkmusic.com) and her songs have been played around the world by local churches. Currently, she is focused on writing a new musical (which I believe will be amazing and reach millions of people with the message of Christ) and she is homeschooling our little boy August…. known around town as”Augie”.
August Clayson Roberts (Augie) is an awesome little guy who is running around like crazy playing every instrument he can find in the house (and they are everywhere). He is our inspiration to continue to worship and to show him and others that Jesus is really worth living for. He sings and plays instruments he finds around the house and he thinks the living room couch is his stage… He is currently studying the great Christian guitarists like Lincoln Brewster and reviewing live worship concerts on YouTube with his dad. His latest project was tearing apart my main pedalboard and building one for his little guitar studio. I snapped this picture the day he asked me to give him his first real guitar lesson. #augiejams
My Salvation Day:
There was a time in my life when everything seemed hopeless. I dare not forget that I was terribly lost and heading down the completely wrong path. In fact, my first studio recording was titled “Lost” and the first track on the tape was called Past the Point of No Return. But on November 3, 1994, at the age of 17, my best friend led me to accept Jesus as my personal savior. Shortly after that, I quit my rock band and began leading worship for the youth services at the church down the street from my house. I was mentored by a worship team member, and grew as a guitar player and a worship leader. Now, after serving several local churches as the full time worship leader, I am using my talents to teach, train and encourage other worship leaders and Christian musicians. If you are unsure about where you are headed, read the track that I read that changed my life. Meet Jesus Christ Today!
I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.
Press Kit Bio – Eric Michael Roberts
Eric Michael Roberts is a Christian guitarist, author, and worship leader. He started as a teenager, and continues to write and publishing books and online courses to help individuals and worship teams grow and thrive as musicians. The WTK Play and Sing series songbooks are perfect for leading worship in small groups or around the camp fire. They make it easy for beginners to play many songs with easy chords and patterns. Eric’s WTK YouTube channel has reached nearly 2 million views and has over 11,000 subscribers who follow his daily worship lessons.
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