Like father, like son! Jonathan Roy, the singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec, has got people talking and the internet buzzing mainly because of his vocals, but his last name will always be a part of hockey royalty! Son of famed goalie Patrick Roy, Jonathan once followed into his father’s footsteps, playing for the Quebec Ramparts, but quickly realized that music was his true passion and little did he know, would trade in his hockey stick for a guitar.
Born in Pointe-Claire, a suburb west of Montreal, Roy moved to Colorado with his dad when he was six years old. At the time, his father was traded to the Colorado Avalanche and hockey was definitely a focus in the musician’s life; he wanted to be a professional goaltender, just like his dad. The sport was a staple in the family, but music was always on Jonathan’s mind. During his teenage years, he landed on Quebec’s junior team, coached by his father, but after his infamous fight with another player, his “coach” had a serious discussion with him post-game. He advised him to go back to school and get an education; in other words, things weren’t going to work out for him on the ice. Instead of the disappointment one might expect, Jonathan was happy and relieved, as the outcome certainly helped pave the way for his music career.
At the age of 18, Roy told his father he wanted to become a singer, but the NHL player wasn’t too keen on the idea, until he realized his son had the potential and was willing to work hard to get there. Since Patrick didn’t really know anything about the music industry, he wanted to find someone who did; a person he can trust and give Jonathan some guidance. Enter Corey Hart, the Canadian 80’s heartthrob, who’s sold over 16 million records and is best known for his hit singles, “Sunglasses at Night” and “Never Surrender”. Roy reached out to Corey, whom he’s known for a very long time, and just like that, invited his son to his home and studio in the Bahamas. After meeting with Hart and belting out a few tunes, he immediately welcomed him to his Siena Records family.
Mr. Optimist Blues is the title of Jonathan’s latest album and his first single “Daniella Denmark“ is already getting some serious airplay. The story behind this charmingly tune comes after Roy expressed his longing for love and how he couldn’t find the right girl. That night, Corey had a dream about a girl he met in Denmark who suddenly introduces herself as Roy’s soulmate, but they had never met! He woke up the next day with the tune in his head and some catchy lyrics to go with it. Other tracks on the album include the reggae-infused ‘You’re my Ace” and “Good Things“, a down-tempo ballad.
Jonathan has admitted that his biggest musical influences are John Mayer, Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson; all singer-songwriters! He also said that he wants to be the next Ed Sheeran, which would make sense since his genre is very folk rock and his style is not far from that either.
So what’s next for the 27 year-old musician? Well, he does have a series of concerts lined up for the month of March in Quebec, and he’ll also be joining the Philosopher Kings for a few of their shows as they kick off their Canadian cross-country tour in February. With a bright career ahead of him, there’s no denying that Jonathan Roy did a good thing by passing on the puck!