Eric Lee Troyer (born 10 April 1949) is an American keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and occasional guitarist, best known as a member of ELO Part II and its successor, popular live band, The Orchestra. Troyer was a founding member of ELO Part II, having been recruited by band leader Bev Bevan in 1989. and wrote a substantial quantity of the material on The Orchestra's No Rewind album.
Life and career
Troyer was born in Elkhart, Indiana. He has appeared as a session musician and backing vocalist on albums by such artists as John Lennon (Double Fantasy), Bonnie Tyler (Faster Than the Speed of Night, Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire, "Total Eclipse of the Heart"), Roseanna Vitro (Reaching for the Moon), Jim Steinman (Bad for Good), James Taylor, Carly Simon, Julian Lennon, Billy Joel (An Innocent Man), Frankie Miller (Double Trouble), Rick Derringer, Ian Hunter (All of the Good Ones Are Taken), Aerosmith, Kiss, Garland Jeffreys, Lou Reed (New Sensations), Celine Dion and Meat Loaf (Couldn't Have Said It Better).
In 1980, Troyer scored a minor solo hit with "Mirage." An accompanying album titled String of Pearls was recorded, but never officially released. Thirteen years later, he did release a solo CD, Model Citizen. He also performed the song "This is the Love," which was featured in the 1989 film, Night Visitor.
Troyer has three daughters: Asia (born 1973), Lindsay (1983), and Lauren (1986).