Corey Hart penned track building airplay right across Canada
Jonathan Roy is the newest signing to Corey Hart’s Siena Records and their relationship is seeing dividends right out of the gate. Jonathan has scored a hit with the song “Daniella Denmark” which Hart wrote after receiving an emotional note from Roy.
On the night of his 26th birthday in 2015 – Jonathan wrote Corey an e-mail describing yet another failed date in the midst of an existential crisis. The singer longed for a substantive relationship and concurrently to fully realize his music career aspirations – which he felt at the time were like treading in water.
The heartfelt email was the last thing Hart read before switching off the bed lights to sleep. In the middle of the night, Corey woke up with a melody in his head which compelled him to get up, grab a guitar and commit it to memory before it faded out.
“I never write songs this way,” says Hart. “In my entire career, it´s the only one that ever came to me in a dream¨
Roy is the son of hockey legend Patrick Roy and had his own dreams of following in his father’s footsteps to one day raise the Stanley Cup in victory over his head. By his mid-teens, Jonathan was the goaltender playing junior hockey for the Quebec Ramparts and was certain he was on track for the big leagues. One day though, his father, the team’s head coach, sat down with his son and delivered the news that an NHL career was not in the cards, and that he should probably consider going back to school to learn another profession. Jonathan was actually relieved.
What the All-Star goalie didn’t realize was that his son carried another secret passion. For years, Jonathan had been sitting at his mother’s feet as she played piano while the music seeped into his soul. When he was 13, she bought him a set of drums, a guitar and a microphone and he started writing songs.
“When I told Pat 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 involved with music. I really needed to follow my heart.”
As soon as Hart heard Jonathan’s authentically passionate voice he knew he had found the talent he had always been waiting for. Over the next three years the pair built a very deep relationship together working towards the sound which would define Jonathan Roy to the world.
“I do want to be the next Ed Sheeran or the next Vance Joy. I want to sell millions and millions of records like Corey Hart,” Jonathan declares, “but the main thing is to be happy. If I can just put a plate on my table at home and be able to say I paid for this, worked for it by playing music, I’d be proud of that. I love to write and express my life. If I can keep doing that for the rest of my days that would be my success story.”