Music has always been a major part of Eric Horner's life. Born and raised in Paducah KY, he grew up with a guitar in his hands playing and singing Gospel music all over Western KY, Southern IL and Southeast MO. Eric’s first big musical influence was a young man by the name of Steven Curtis Chapman. The two met when Steven became Eric’s first guitar teacher in the 6th grade. Learning the “Chapman Method” of guitar playing prepared Eric well for what the Lord had in store down the road.
Eric moved to Nashville TN at the age of 19 to pursue his dream of becoming a professional songwriter and musician. It didn't take long for the doors to open and over the next 17 years Eric toured the world playing with such artists as Lee Greenwood, Shania Twain, Wynonna Judd and Brad Paisley. In 2002, all of that changed. Eric began to feel a call on his life to return to his Gospel music roots and to use his talents for a higher purpose.
Rolling back the clock…..Eric accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in the third grade. Raised in a family of believers, the seeds of faith were planted in his heart very early on. Those seeds began to grow and he knew at a young age that the words Jesus spoke were true when He said “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father except through Me”. (John 14:6) The foundation was in place….but…
As Eric began his career in Nashville he did like so many have done. He wandered away from the things he knew in his heart to be true and walked the path of a prodigal child during many of his years in the country music industry. As Eric describes it, “the cross was in my rear view mirror as I walked farther and farther away from it in pursuit of my dreams for fame and fortune”.
God had a plan….. He began to place people in Eric’s path that said or did things that made a profound difference in his heart. He experienced many “divine appointments”. In Eric’s words, “the Lord used a whole lot of people to draw me back unto Himself and His will for my life, especially my praying Mother”. Eric enjoys teasing his Mother from time to time about “praying him in to the ministry”.
He surrendered to full time music ministry in the Fall of 2002 and hasn't looked back since. Eric and his wife Debby spend well over 250 days a year on the road ministering in churches and military bases all across America. God has given them the unique opportunity to encourage and minister to the newest members of our military as they go through basic training. To date Eric has been put in front of over 300,000 of them.
Early on in Eric’s ministry, God put a burden on his heart for America. He’s written many songs that speak to the need for our nation to return to God. One song that seemed to capture the attention of many Americans was a joint effort with the American Family Association entitled “In God We Trust”. AFA produced a video to go with the song and it received several hundred thousand views in 2010 and 2011. Although known for a God and Country message, Eric started placing a big emphasis on the family in his 2012 tour dates and continues to write and record musical messages with the family theme today. “The enemy seeks to destroy our nation by destroying our backbone, our families. With the many attacks on the family, there’s never been a more important time to give them a word of encouragement. With the release of his 2015/2016 c.d. project “Home”, Eric offers more messages of hope for the family combined with a call for the church to “leave the building” and be the “Hands and Feet” of Jesus in their communities. “So many worry and complain about the condition of our nation” says Eric. “The way to change our course is to simply live what we believe outside the church walls, be bold with our faith, love people, and shine the light of Christ to everyone we meet”.