You Sing, I Write: Dion Roy Showcases New Songs at EP Release Party

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dion Roy Showcases New Songs at EP Release Party

Wednesday night, singer-songwriter Dion Roy performed new tracks off his latest EP, The Nearest Light to a packed crowd at New York's The Living Room. As he showcased his emotion-filled songs with a full band, Roy proved he is an artist to watch. Midway through his set, he informed the crowd that his EP debuted at No. 16 on the singer/songwriter chart on iTunes. A day later, The Nearest Light, peaked at No. 8.

Roy started his EP release party with a few songs from his full-length album, Gallery, including "Wants It" before he performed The Nearest Light in it's entirety. When I interviewed Roy earlier this year, he told me the track is a collection of different relationships he has been in.

"At first glance, ['Wants It' sounds like] I’m heartbroken. If you listen or read the rest of the lyrics it shows how I was heartbroken but when she decided to come back into my life it was like, 'See you later.'" A personal track, Roy says it's a song he plans to play throughout his career.

"I'm so humbled you're all here tonight," he told the room before introducing first track off his EP. "The Wave is kind of a love song," he said.

With Roy's descriptive lyrics combined with Peter Roessler on guitar, Ed Marshall on bass, and Boots Factor of Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers on drums rounding out the sound, the song struck a chord.

Next track, "Dirty Hotel Scenery," showcased an edgier sound with heavy percussion and bass accompaniment. One of the first songs he ever wrote, Roy said it's one of his favorite tracks. The set concluded with the beautiful haunting ballad "Of Grey" and the upbeat "On the Way Down." The room fell silent throughout each song, as Roy captivated the audience's attention.

The Nearest Light has remained within the Top 20 singer/songwriter position on iTunes throughout the past three days. Additionally, it has been licensed for use in the upcoming seasons of "The Real World" and "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." With a U.S. summer tour in the works with "American Idol"'s Josiah Leming and Todd Carey, Dion Roy shows no signs of slowing down.

Be sure to visit Dion Roy on MySpace and you can read my interview with him here.

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