Eric began classical studies in first grade and gave his first public performance by the age of seven. In junior high school he began performing professionally t the the many Pocono Mountain Jazz clubs with local legends such as Al Cohn, Bill Goodwin, and Steve Gilmore. He went on to earn a bachelor of music degree from Susquehanna University.
Doney's first tour was with vocalist Jon Hendricks with whom he recorded the Grammy-nominated album "Love". After moving to new York, Doney joined the David Johansen band on a two-year tour opening for such groups ans the The Who, Blondie, Duran Duran, The Clash, and REO Speedwagon.
In 1983, Doney moved to Paris and toured with vocalist Kim Parker. After that, he was hired as a conductor for Connie Stevens and relocated to Santa Monica, California. Soon Doney became musical director and pianist for all of Bob Hope's television shows. Interfacing with numerous old school legends, Doney quickly gained a reputation as a consummate talent and a true professional. In 1984 he performed at the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympics. Following that, He played with Les Brown's band for 5 years. He then became musical director for Engelbert Humperdink, touring more than 40 countries.
In 1993, Doney returned to the Poconos and formed Pacific St. Records. He produced 20 recordings for the label recording such local greats as Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, and John Coates, Jr. Doney continues to perform regularly and the Deer Head Inn and Internationally.