Dion Roy is a talented singer-songwriter known for fusing his bass-inspired roots with his knack for writing an unforgettable pop/rock hook.
Born in Namibia, raised in South Africa, and later in New Jersey, he is now a true New Yorker at heart. Dion has lived and breathed the downtown Lower East Side music landscape, first playing as a bassist in several bands, and recently emerging as a solo artist. Dion has graced the stage at all of the usual NYC suspects and has opened for high-profile acts like Tyler Hilton, Josiah Leming, Eve 6, Ryan Cabrera, The Donnas, Bleu, and Ben Kweller, while touring throughout the North-Eastern College circuit.
After years of flowing from one creative project to the next and keeping his collaborations and personal productions low key, this introspective and enigmatic musician has moved on from group bassist and fellow songwriter, to solo vocalist and front man. His debut album Gallery was released in 2009, follow by the EP The Nearest Light June 2010 and his latest EP Welcome Home, released in April 2011.
Today, Dion’s original music is a surprising combination of catchy pop/rock hooks with brooding, raw emotionality. His songs draw upon personal experiences but speak to a greater audience about conflicting perspectives and desires. What distinguishes this young artist from others is his genuine lack of pretense and his guarded nature. He almost never reveals the backstories to his songs, encouraging his fans to find their own connection to the words.
On his most recent EP “Welcome Home”, Dion worked closely with Steve Miller of Tyler Hilton’s band and Tom Breyfogle of Secondhand Serenade. The first single, “Leave Me Out of This” features Josiah Leming on piano. His sophomore EP “The Nearest Light” was co-produced by Scott Reibling, known for his work with Weezer and Cobra Starship, and reached #8 on the iTunes singer-songwriter album charts. Many of Dion’s songs have been licensed for use on network TV including placements on MTV, E!, Oxygen, and Comedy Central. Dion has recently spent much of 2011 touring the U.S. with Josiah Leming and he spent Fall 2010 playing tour dates in Singapore and a 40 date National U.S. Tour with Tyler Hilton.
For more info on Dion Roy, you can visit his official site at www.DionRoy.com, his Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/dionroymusic?ref=ts, or his MySpace profile at www.MySpace.com/DionRoyMusic. You can also follow him on Twitter: @DionRoy. Stay tuned for soon-to-be-announced live performances in the NYC area.