BRANDON HOWARD ROY
Saturday, August 14th
Brandon Howard Roy is a Music PEI-award nominated queer singer-songwriter based in Charlottetown, PEI. Born and raised in Montreal, he took classical piano lessons in his youth and practiced a total of 6 times in 8 years. The piano, however, would become his lifelong songwriting companion, and his first complete song It Kills Me Inside topped the charts in mom and dad’s living room some 14 years ago.
In 2013 he was accepted into Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program for which he relocated to Toronto, and was fortunate to spend the summers while in school working on various theatre contracts in beautiful Prince Edward Island. After graduating and working full time as a singer-actor on stages across Canada from The Guild to the National Arts Centre, he decided to establish himself as a songwriter where his heart was happiest: downtown Charlottetown, PEI.
In 2019 he assembled a band of some of the East Coast’s top musical talent and they quickly gained a reputation for packing venues with their high energy shows. His debut single Little Reasons was released in 2019 to critical acclaim, gaining regular airplay in all four Atlantic provinces and hitting the top spot on radio chart show The East Coast Countdown. Though 2020 was a challenging year on many fronts, it saw Brandon release two more singles Here Now and Proud, debut his first official music video and perform countless shows both online and in-person with social distancing. For his work he received two 2021 Music PEI Award nominations, for New Artists of the Year and Digital Achievement of the Year.
On January 22nd, 2021 he released The Fear, the final single off his debut record with its accompanying music video coming soon after. His debut album called Tough Stuff was released on February 19th, 2021 to critical acclaim with a sold out album release show with Noah Malcolm at the Trailside Music Hall on February 20th. With catchy hooks, relatable lyrics and a big voice cultivated from a life in the theatre, Brandon is well poised to make a big splash in the Island music scene and beyond.