Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician and blogger from Dallas, Texas. This website supports his music and blogging. For information on his church and ministry, click here.
Eric Folkerth (yes it's his real name) is an award winning
songwrite who finds metaphors in all sorts of life
experiences: from Dinosaurs and Donut Shops; to the birth
of his daughter and the pain of war.
-- Eric was a 2003 semi-finalist in the Wildflower Festival Songwriter
-- Eric was a 2004 finalist at the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter
-- Eric was a 2004 finalist at the Fifth Street Festival Songwriter
-- Eric's song I Will Sing has won three awards:
Mention in the 9th Annual Billboard Songwriter Contest
Honorable Mention in the Great American Song Contest.
It has also been part of a United Nations project, called
"New Songs for Peace."
-- Eric's song "Prairie
Chapel Road," has been called the
"unofficial song of Camp Casey," was used as
the soundtrack for a short
film, and appeared in
a story on BBC
Radio. The song has been covered
by several other artists, and has been downloaded more
than 3,000 times.
both Eric's CDs
and lives shows.
Radio stations in the US and Europe have
played Eric's music.
Eric is a favorite performer at venues in Texas and surrounding
Eric has shared the stage with the likes of
David Wilcox, Joan Baez, Tom Prasada-Rao, Cary
Cooper, Terri Hendrix, James McMurtry, Jana Stanfield, The Burns Sisters, Rachel Bissex, Peter Mayer, Bethany Yarrow, Rhett Butler, Beth Wood, Brad Thompson, Elizabeth Wills, Bill Nash, Annie Benjamin, Jayson Bales, Tracie Merchant, and a host of Dallas's
Bob Ackerman, Dallas singer-songwriter,
says "Eric's songs tell stories the way a good movie
Cary Pierce, of Jackopierce, says
"Eric's songs have that lullaby quality that reminds me
of the stuff I grew up on."
Eric's first CD, "Songs for the Time
Being" was recorded at
Phattman Studios in Dallas (Coproduced by
studio owner, Clark Findley). Eric is on a second CD
(again with Clark), tentatively entitled,
"Return." It features guest
appearances from Billy Jonas, Rachel Bissex, and a host of talented
Besides performing solo, Eric is a founding member of
"Connections," a "cover band" of
Methodist ministers and layfolks who have raised more
than $ 40,000 for charity. The band has performed
tributes to Dan Fogelberg, The Eagles, Chicago, James
Taylor, Carole King, Elton John and the Doobie Brothers.
The forty person, all volunteer band, charges no
admission for their shows, but takes up a "love
offering" to support one of two worthy charities.
Eric is the writer and creator of the popular
"When EF Talks" blog; covering music,
religion, politics, sports, and what ever else he feels
He is married to Dennise Garcia. Dennise is a
State District Judge
in the Dallas
County Family Courts. She was named a
"Texas Superlawyer" for 2003 and 2004, and has
run a marathon (of which Eric is very proud...) Their
daughter, Maria, was born in 1997. Eric is the senior
pastor of a truly unique Methodist
Church in Dallas. (Read his
thoughts about music and religion