Chris Carmack, Erin Slaver Partner As Alt-Pop Duo Life On Eris

Singer-songwriter and former Nashville star Chris Carmack has teamed with Erin Slaver to form the alt-pop duo, Life On Eris. The married couple will release their first EP, Stonewall, on Oct. 23. The first single from the project, “Damaged Good,” is out now at all streaming platforms and digital retailers.

They drew inspiration from the complications and complexities of marriage for the new album, whose title is a nod to both the combination of their first names and to the dwarf planet Eris – named for the Greek goddess of strife and discord. Challenging genre norms, the two boldly fuse influences from Pop, Americana, Classical, and even Hip-Hop, to tell stories of romance, regret, and reconciliation. Writing all five songs together, Carmack and Slaver self-produced the EP, and played nearly every instrument including guitar, keyboard, and violin – with the exception of Shawn Pelton on drums.

“We are a husband-and-wife duo, and we bring all of the drama into our songwriting,” Carmack said. “‘Damaged Good’ is a song that we wrote to explore what we, as human beings, bring to a relationship – which is our past.”

The accomplished musicians met while filming on the hit TV drama, Nashville, and wed in 2018. Carmack’s had an instrument in-hand since he was a child, starting with the sax and then picking up the guitar. He began writing songs and performing in high school, later studying at NYU’s esteemed Tisch Adler Conservatory. He shopped his own material around L.A. while pursuing acting projects and landed notable roles in Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville, and The O.C. With Nashville, he joined fellow castmates on sold-out stages worldwide during multi-year tours across the U.S., UK, and Ireland, plus was a part of Nashville compilation albums spanning all six seasons. In 2015, he released his solo EP, Pieces of You. Slaver was enrolled in classical violin training at the age of three, and eventually attended a music conservatory to further hone her craft. She’s co-written and performed on several studio albums with JD & The Straight Shot, and has opened for acts like Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Don Henley, and Jewel.

Life On Eris’ STONEWALL EP Track Listing:
1. “Damaged Good”
2. “Stonewall”
3. “Skipping Church”
4 .“‘Script on a Bottle”
5. “Superhero”

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