Eric Paslay might be one of the nicest musicians you'll ever meet. He's insanely talented and has collaborated with the biggest names in country music, but is ridiculously humble and easy to talk to- not to mention really funny.

We're not the only ones who adore Eric. You do too. As a matter of fact, you loved his performance at the inaugural Toyota Country Lights Festival that you begged us to bring him back for a second year, and we have!

To get you ready for Eric's show, here are five facts about him that you might not have known!

  • 1

    Musical Genes

    Eric's grandpa was in a band with his brothers called "Arnold Schiller & the Moonlight Serenaders." Eric told us that his grandpa died when he was just a little boy, but that he was drawn to music from a young age. His family never pressured him into anything- they just encouraged him to follow his heart, and he did!

  • 2

    Move to Nashville

    Eric started playing guitar and writing songs when he was just 15-years-old. A Texas native, Eric moved to Nashville a few years after high school to go to Middle Tennessee State University where he dove right into music studies. In his senior year of college, Eric snagged an internship with an entertainment company and the rest, as they say, is history.

  • 3

    Songwriting For the Stars

    Eric is an amazing songwriter and has made quite the name for himself. Big time country stars have asked for his help writing and he's obliged. Eric has written for Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flats and lots of others.

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    Married Man

    Eric and his bride, Natalie were married in 2015. Their wedding was a casual affair with games of corn hole and quilts scattered on the lawn for people to plop down and relax on and Natalie even did all of the flowers herself. When I asked him what he loved the most about his wife, he said "she's pretty and she lets me sing." Quite the funny guy!

  • 5

    Musical Influence

    One of Eric's biggest musical influences growing up was the Christian singer Rich Mullins. I asked Eric was drew him to Mullins and he told me that he loved how Mullins (who died in 1997) was a man's man, but not ashamed to stand up and say that he loved Jesus. He also said that Mullins had a way with words and didn't repeat the same couple of lines or words over and over. He constantly found new ways to say things.