Who is Gwen Stefani’s brother Eric Stefani?

Gwen Stefani’s many careers include singer, songwriter, fashion designer, judge on The Voice and makeup mogul. While many first met the “Rich Girl” hitmaker as the frontwoman for No Doubt in the 1990s, there was a time when Stefani wasn’t the focus of the band. In fact, at first she only provided backing vocals at the edge of the stage.

During an interview with OC Weekly, Gwen Stefani’s older brother, Eric Stefani, who is a founding member of No Doubt, told the outlet that Gwen rose as lead singer after their frontman, John Spence, died by suicide during the first year of the band’s formation. “He was in so much pain that he couldn’t talk to anyone about it,” he explained, adding, “There’s a lot of pressure when you’re up there in front of all these people.”

No Doubt is known for Gwen on lead vocals, Tony Kanal on bass, Tom Dumont on guitar, and Adrian Young on drums. However, Gwen’s brother Eric was involved with her biggest album to date, and the keyboardist and pianist has accompanied Gwen throughout her music career.

Eric Stefani left No Doubt just before the explosion

Eric Stefani was a big part of No Doubt. Before the band secured a record deal, key player Eric already had a job on the animated series The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Beany & Cecil, according to OC Weekly. Around the same time, he was designing logos, t-shirt designs, and flyers for No Doubt. His talent outside of music was recognized early on when Eric was asked to work on The Simpsons before the show became a household name.

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No Doubt would eventually be signed and release their first two albums, No Doubt and The Beacon Street Collection. However, they did not have commercial success. After the completion of their third album, Tragic Kingdom, it was assumed that the record would never be released due to problems with the label. In 1994, before the album was released, Eric made the decision to leave the band to focus his attention on The Simpsons after being unhappy with the label’s demands. “I like to create,” he told OC Weekly, adding, “But [touring] is too noisy with too many people. It is too much. I’d rather be in a peaceful place. It takes calm and peace to write a good song.” Ultimately, No Doubt exploded shortly after the release of “Tragic Kingdom” in 1995, becoming one of 92 albums to achieve diamond status in the US on Billboard, and Eric’s contributions to the legendary record remain .

Eric Stefani is still super supportive of his sister

When Eric Stefani decided to work full-time as an animator, his younger sister, Gwen Stefani, became a big name on the entertainment scene. It’s been over 25 years since their legendary album Tragic Kingdom became a worldwide hit and it seems the sibling duo still have a close bond despite their career paths going separate ways.

In December 2020, Gwen released the single “Let Me Reintroduce Myself”. As Genius noted, Eric decided to help his sister with the production by playing organ and keyboards on the track. In November 2021, he paid a visit to Las Vegas to see Gwen make headlines on her own Las Vegas residency show, Just A Girl. As seen in the snap above, Gwen documented the moment on her Instagram account by sharing a photo of the couple backstage. “My brother (hero) @ericstefanimation came to #Vegas #justagirl!! love u EMS gx,” she wrote in her caption. Nothing beats an unbreakable sibling bond!

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