Eric Martin Koppelman

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Since he was 7 years old, Eric Martin Koppelman has held a guitar in his hands. Exposed to music of all forms at a very young age Eric found his love and devoted himself to becoming the best musician he possibly could be. As a husband and father Eric soon had to put his dreams on hold as he tried to support his family. Throughout the years Eric tried desperately to find himself in a world... more

Since he was 7 years old, Eric Martin Koppelman has held a guitar in his hands. Exposed to music of all forms at a very young age Eric found his love and devoted himself to becoming the best musician he possibly could be. As a husband and father Eric soon had to put his dreams on hold as he tried to support his family. Throughout the years Eric tried desperately to find himself in a world where the definition of success is found in your bank account. Constant failure and legal issues comsued him. No matter how he tried to press ahead, Eric always ended up fighting a losing battle. Destroying himself and those who loved him always seemed to come easy. Finally in 2005 Eric became involved with an issue that would cost him 4 years of his life in Federal Prison. It was at that time that he met his current wife, Linda. From the start Eric knew that Linda was his soulmate and that, for once, he had found someone who truly loved him for the person he truly is. In 2009 they married and had a son, Martin, the youngest of nine. It was during this period of time that Eric was able to truly think about his life and the mistakes he had made. But prison awaited him and in September of 2010 he self surrendered to the Federal Correctional Institution located at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Linda was left to deal with the real world, while Eric was forced to deal with Prison life. Throughout his incarceration, until his release in October of 2013, Linda maintained her commitment to her husband. It was with her love and faithfullness that Eric found hope in a life of hopelessness. From the first day he arrived in Prison Eric found himself with a guitar in hand. Joining other inmates in The Prison Band. Eric found an amazing music program available to him. The Band performed at various functions for staff and their families, as well as performing concerts for the inmates, both inside and outdoors. While incarcerated Eric did make it a point to learn something from every single musicians that he met. In addition to practicing every day Eric took advantage of the mail, as Linda would send him instructional material. One day a book arrived on the art of Songwriting. Eric began to write lyrics and music. His words, style and music became very popular with his fellow inmates. Over the period of his incarceration Eric wrote over 50 songs. Each one he would send to Linda, who would make sure that they were kept safe for him upon his return. Each song that was written spoke about a moment or person in Eric's life. Eric's dream was to leave Prison with his newfound talent and use that talent to finally find success in life. While in prison Eric began a communication with God. It was within the walls of Fort Dix that Eric did accept the Lord Jesus Christ as his saviour. Eric found the Bible to be practical for all areas of his life and that only through the peace that comes with true understanding could he ever really be successful. Eric now defines his success on his love for his God and God's love for him. Since his return Eric and Linda have worked to record Eric's music and are currently getting ready to release his first album, "Stories along the Way". It has been a long hard journey for Eric, but through the grace of God Eric has received another chance at life. Eric respects the talent that he has been blessed with and his family who have offered him unconditional love. He will never again take his life or those who love him for granted. What started as a dream at a young age and that was lost along his journey has been found once again....with a guitar in one hand and Linda holding the other, Eric Martin Koppelman has found success.

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