Eric Stanley (violinist)

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Eric Stanley
Photograph of Eric Stanley
Stanley at Twitter headquarters in 2017
Born (1991-04-19) April 19, 1991 (age 28)
Alma materVirginia Commonwealth University[1]
  • Entrepreneur
  • violinist
  • composer
Years active2009–present
Net worthUnknown
Musical career
InstrumentsViolin, piano

Eric Stanley (born April 19, 1991)[2] is an American internet entrepreneur, violinist and composer.[3][4] He is the founder of the digital media company Onewayhope.[5] Stanley presents improvisational violin performances found on his YouTube channel, Estan247, which was introduced in 2009.[6][7]

In April 2015, Stanley made his national television debut on ESPN First Take and provided the theme song on violin.[8][9]

Early life[edit]

Stanley was born in Chesapeake, Virginia and comes from a family of musicians.[10] He has an older brother named Marcus (born 1985), who is a pianist, and an older sister, Anhayla (born 1988), a singer.[1] He attended Short Pump Middle School in Richmond, Virginia. With the encouragement of his teachers, Stanley began playing the violin at age 12.[11][12] He named Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band as his major musical influence.[13] When he entered high school, Stanley joined the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra.


2009–2014: Career beginnings[edit]

In 2009, at the age of 18, Stanley began posting videos on Internet websites YouTube, WorldStarHipHop, and[14][15] Stanley has experimented in combining improvisational violin playing with hip hop, pop, and classical. One of his first videos was a violin cover of Say Ahh by R&B artist Trey Songz.[10] Other songs included Love the Way You Lie and Airplanes.[4] During 2011 Stanley released The Eric Stanley Project, a mixtape. In 2011, he became a "viral sensation" and performed as the opening act for rapper B.o.B.[16] In 2011, Stanley performed for President Bill Clinton in Orlando, Florida.[17] He attended Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating in 2014.[18]

2015–present: National attention and Eric Stanley EP[edit]

Following Stanley's performance on ESPN First Take, he announced the release of his debut EP Eric Stanley.[9] In September 2016, Stanley produced the soundtrack at New York Fashion Week for a presentation of the KLS collection by Kimora Lee Simmons.[19][20]


Stanley has visited more than 200 K–12 schools across the United States to "help young students stay inspired."[1][21][2] In April 2017, he worked with Newark Public Schools to raise $2,424 to purchase 20 violins for the students.[22][23]

On July 20, 2017, Stanley joined Usher's New Look for the Disruptive Innovation Summit in Atlanta. The non-profit organization presented the event in SunTrust Park. Usher's mission was "to have a creative gathering of forward thinking youth leaders."[24]


Extended Play (EPs)[edit]


Year Title
2015 "Voltaire"


Year Show Role Notes
2015 ESPN First Take Himself 5 episodes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Komp, Catherine (January 12, 2017). "Virginia Violinist Eric Stanley Captivates and Inspires". PBS. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Lore, Diane (April 19, 2017). "Violinist Eric Stanley inspires PS 78 students". (Interview). Staten Island, NY: Staten Island Advance. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Martinez, Marc (October 3, 2010). "Eric Stanley: Hip Hop Violinist". Fox 10 News (Interview). Phoenix: KTSP-TV. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  4. ^ a b McNerthney, Casey (May 10, 2011). "Eminem sounds good on violin, thanks to Eric Stanley". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Seattle, Washington. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "The Onewayhope Team". Onewayhope. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Tietjen, Alexa. "Get Your Life From This Violin Freestyle Of Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen"". VH1. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "About". YouTube. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Erby, Glenn. "Violinist Puts Classical Spin On 'First Take' Theme Song". BonaFide Media. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Cherie, Ariel. "You've Got To Hear This Young Violinist's..." Interactive One. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  10. ^ a b McQuade, Greg (March 1, 2011). "Eric Stanley Interview". CBS 6 News (Interview). Richmond: WTVR-TV. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  11. ^ Hankerson, Mechelle (November 4, 2010). "Youtube sensation champions hip-hop violin". The Commonwealth Times. Richmond, VA. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  12. ^ Miller, Cheryl (March 1, 2011). "Eric Stanley Performance". CBS 6 News (Interview). Richmond: WTVR-TV. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  13. ^ Burke, Spencer (May 23, 2016). "Eric Stanley Performs for Students". Fox 10 News (Interview). Charlottesville, VA: WVIR-TV. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  14. ^ Eric Stanley (performer) (July 7, 2010). Eric Stanley – Eminem Ft. Rihanna "Love The Way You Lie" Violin Cover (Shockwave Flash video). WorldStarHipHop. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  15. ^ Eric Stanley (performer) (December 2, 2011). This Rad Guy Fiddles With Stereo Hearts By Gym Class Heroes! (unspecified video format). Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  16. ^ Curry, Lashonda Stinson (February 24, 2011). "Grammy-nominated artist B.o.B brings hits to O'Dome". The Gainesville Sun. Gainesville, FL. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  17. ^ Masie Learning Talks (June 3, 2013). "Eric Stanley: Opening for President Bill Clinton". Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  18. ^ "Virginia Commonwealth University: Eric Stanley". Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  19. ^ Moody, Nekesa (September 15, 2016). "NY Fashion Week: Lauren, Kors, Simmons, Marchesa". Associated Press. New York, New York. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  20. ^ "SS17 Fashion Week Presentation". Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  21. ^ Caldwell, Jasmin (January 27, 2017). "Virginia violinist visits Charlottesville schools to encourage the youth" (Interview). Charlottesville, VA: CBS. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  22. ^ "Acclaimed millennial violinist Eric Stanley visits BRICK Avon Academy's young musicians" (Interview). Newark, NJ: Brick City Live. April 21, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  23. ^ Moriarty, Katey (April 18, 2017). "Viral violinist visits students at BRICK Avon Academy in Newark" (Interview). Newark, NJ: Fios 1 News. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  24. ^ "Disruptive Innovation Summit" (PDF). Usher's New Look. July 21, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.

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