Everyone has a destiny. This is Jonathan Roy’s…
At two years old, one would have thought young Jonathan Roy's path was pre-ordained, with hockey skates laced on his tiny feet and a goalie stick clutched in his arms, watching reverently from a front row seat as his father, Patrick, built one of the greatest legacies in the sport.
“I couldn’t look away. My dad was my idol. Of course, I wanted to be just like him.”
When Jonathan was a boy, he snuck down to the living room in the middle of the night, picked up the Stanley Cup, and carried it into his bed. He pulled the covers over hockey’s holy-grail and whispered gently, “I’m going to win you one day.”
A decade later Jonathan was playing goalie for the major junior hockey league Québec Remparts, convinced he was on-course for a career in the big leagues. However, shortly after his eighteenth birthday, Roy called his son into the head coach's office to deliver the sobering news that an NHL career was not in his boy's future.
“Hey, kid—it's not meant for everyone to play hockey. You just don't have the talent.”
Jonathan was initially stunned by his father's blunt remarks but appreciated his honesty, and more importantly, suddenly felt a liberating sense of relief because he had always loved music dating back to his youngest years, sitting at his mother’s feet as she played the piano.
“When I told Patty that I wanted to be a musician, he thought I was completely nuts,” laughs Jonathan, remembering the conversation with Dad. “He stressed education. He had no idea I was already secretly involved with music.”
He began learning guitar and songwriting and dabbled in recording music for the very first time at nineteen, experimenting with different genres in order to discover his own artistic identity.
In 2012, he landed one of the leads in the successful Quebec-France theatrical production of Don Juan, which gave the young singer some much needed confidence.
But as Jonathan headed into 2013 he realized his musical direction was floundering and he desperately yearned to find the perfect creative mentor to nurture his innate talents. That quest lead him to a chance introduction with Canadian music icon Corey Hart, through an outreach by Jonathan’s father (the two had casually known each other socially since the 1980s). The timing was propitious as Hart was looking for a new artist to sign to his label, Siena Records, which was partnered with Warner Music Canada.
“When Patrick first asked me to meet his son and get back to them with my honest feedback, I did not hesitate out of respect to him—but I had zero expectations or idea what I was about to witness. Holy shit! Jonathan's been gifted with a God-given voice.”
Hart instantly knew he had finally discovered the talent he'd always been waiting for since Siena Records was founded in 2003, spearheaded by Sire Records legendary CEO Seymour Stein and Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane.
Since their first encounter back in February of 2013, Roy and Hart have been virtually inseparable, building a profound personal and professional partnership working towards the sound which would ultimately define Jonathan Roy to the world.
“Corey always pushes me to the max by his natural intensity and constant pursuit of excellence. It's inspired me to become a deeper, more versatile musician. He's truly changed my life forever, making me a better man and artist, and for this I am so thankful.”
That pursuit of excellence is on full display on Jonathan’s major label debut album Mr. Optimist Blues. Released in the midst of a hugely successful Top Ten run at radio with the single “Daniella Denmark,” the album debuted at #3 on Canada’s national album sales chart and #1 in Roy’s home province of Quebec.
In the summer of 2017, while performing in front of over 25,000 fans at the Festival d’Ete in his hometown of Quebec City, Jonathan received a gold record for “Daniella Denmark.”
“I was totally surprised and humbled when I was presented the award,” reflects Roy. “What made it all the more satisfying was receiving it front of my friends and family here in my hometown.”
The album’s follow-up single, “You’re My Ace,” also enjoyed a Top 5 run at radio in Quebec while the third release ´Good Things ´ became an overnight video sensation with Jon´s raw and edgy portrayal of a character falling into deep depression & sexual depravity.
In July, Big Beat Records, one of the world’s premiere dance labels (distributed internationally by Atlantic Records) announced that they would be releasing the track “Freeze Time,” written by Corey Hart and produced by Danish DJs Deepend (Skrillex, Icona Pop, David Guetta).
“I’ve had an incredibly exciting year traveling coast to coast across Canada to promote my music,” says Roy in conclusion. “I’ve met so many wonderful fans at my live shows and now I’m ready and eager to taking my music to the rest of the world!¨
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