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Just who are The Roys?
Lee and Elaine - a talented brother and sister duo who compliment each other’s strong lead vocal styles with beautiful sibling harmonies. Over the past few years, artists like Alan Jackson, George Strait, Keith Whitley and Patty Loveless have shown that traditional music has a place on country radio. The Roys feel the time is right for their style of country to hit the airwaves, and their love of traditional country music is evident on their debut, The Roys. They know that the mountain they need to climb for success is very hard, but they are committed to making it - and with the team they have around them, and some help from above, they will!
There was never a lack of music in the Roy family. Their grandmother played the fiddle, their uncles played fiddle and guitar, and their aunts sang. There was no doubt that Lee and Elaine would soon follow in their family's footsteps.
Elaine began singing at the age of five. She was influenced at an early age by her idol, Dolly Parton. When Elaine was eight, and Lee was four, their family moved to New Brunswick, Canada where their parents were originally from. While living in a small town, Elaine’s love for country music grew with each passing day. “That is the music I grew up on, and have been intrigued with, my whole life. Country music is my passion.” At the age of 10 she began taking guitar lessons and honed her talent by performing at local events. She soon became a crowd favorite, and it was obvious that her God given talent was meant for all to hear.
Lee began his musical journey at the age of eight when he learned to play drums. He then moved on to bass, mandolin and guitar. His musical idol is Ricky Skaggs. “I can remember Elaine playing a cassette of his, and I was hooked like a fish on a line. I just could not get enough.” After that, Lee cut his teeth on bluegrass music, listening to such greats as Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and Mac Weismen, just to name a few. He formed his first bluegrass band with his cousins, and his love for that music is still evident today in his vocal style. ”I just love harmonies. To me, it can make or break a song.”
Lee and Elaine eventually started performing together in local talent shows, and at family get-togethers. After their family relocated back to Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Lee and Elaine formally named the duo The Roys. After years of performing together in their local music scene, they fulfilled a lifelong-dream by moving to Music City USA, Nashville, Tn. Once there, they began to write songs and sing demos. Soon, they were included on a compilation album which featured superstar artists, including Keith Whitley, Vince Gill, the Bellamy Brothers, and others. The album sold over 500,000 copies and both Lee and Elaine were given gold records. “I’ve got a gold record on my wall, but we want more,” says Lee. The Roys toured the Southern states and shared the stage with such artists as John Anderson, Lee Roy Parnell, Tom Wopat and Sawyer Brown. After years of hard work and persistence, they accomplished what every artist hopes for. They signed a record deal with Pedestal/Aspirion Records, in Nashville.
With the release of The Roys, Lee and Elaine are finally on their way - and they are excited. “The new CD is us. All the songs were written or co-written by us, and it has a definite sound that reflects us. We really believe in this project and are very proud of it. Our love for music is our gift to the many fans we’ve gained over the years. We know this CD is what our fans would expect, and we hope the rest of the country music world will appreciate our style of music too!”
Hi, my name is Mike, while going from Columbia, TN to Cleveland, OH to se my sister & Brother-in-law at the Cleveland Clinic ( he has bone morrow cancer ) I saw your bus, very nice. I got the web address and had to check it out. Wow, very good bio and exciting adventuresome task you are on. I'll be praying for your success and on the lookout for your CD's.
When I listen to
"House Full Of Love", I hear and enjoy the music, but the love is palpable. It's a song you like to sing along with, but much more, it's a song you want to "feel" along with, and it reminds you of all that is good about family.
Great duet, just what the Grand Ole Opry been missing. Time to bring it back to family roots.
Their "House Full of Love" has made me a believer. I know that they will make it in Nashville. We are all behind them! The Roys are great!!!
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