Jonathan Roy

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Jonathan Roy
Born (1989-03-15) March 15, 1989 (age 30)
Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada
Years active2009–present

Jonathan Piuze-Roy (born 1989) is a Canadian pop singer and songwriter. Son of hockey great Patrick Roy, he initially pursued hockey in junior leagues, but abandoned that path in favour of music while still a teenager. Having previously released three albums, his major-label debut, Mr. Optimist Blues, was released in 2017, and includes several songs written by 1980s pop star Corey Hart.

Early life[edit]

Roy's father is famed Montreal Canadiens goaltender Patrick Roy. He moved with his family from Montreal to Colorado when he was six years old, due to his father being traded.[1] Roy was influenced by his mother's frequent piano playing for the family as he was growing up.[2] He wrote poetry from the age of 13 or 14, and began putting his poems to music around age 16.[3] At age 17, Roy played hockey for the Quebec Remparts, with his father coaching the team at the time.[2] Although he enjoyed goaltending, he dreamed of a music career, and was listening to the Backstreet Boys, John Mayer, and Ray LaMontagne.[4] At 18, when his father told him that his future would not be in hockey and that he needed to plan an education, Roy told his father that he wanted to be a musician and songwriter.[2]

Music career[edit]

Roy's album What I've Become came out in 2009.[3] His second album, Found My Way, came out in 2010.[5] He released his French-language debut album, La route, in 2011.[6] The title track, a duet with Natasha St-Pier, received the most attention.

Roy had a critically acclaimed role in the 2012 revival of the musical Don Juan.[7]

In 2012, his father helped him set up a meeting with 1980s pop singer Corey Hart, who runs Siena Records, an affiliate of Warner Music. Hart offered to sign him to his label after Roy performed a Teddy Thompson song for him at Hart's home in Nassau, Bahamas. Roy and Hart had a hit holiday release in 2016 when they duetted on the Chris Rea song "Driving Home for Christmas".[2]

In 2017, Roy released the album Mr. Optimist Blues on Siena Records, Corey Hart's music label. Hart executive-produced the album, and wrote three of the album's songs. The Montreal Gazette's music critic characterizes the style as "easygoing 21st-century pop with a little light reggae thrown in for good measure. Think Ed Sheeran meets Paolo Nutini and then slap on Bob Marley’s greatest hits."[2] Roy is based in Toronto.


  1. ^ Saxberg, Lynn (October 4, 2015). "Jonathan Roy shifts from fighter to lover". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kelly, Brendan (January 18, 2017). "Jonathan Roy: Out of the nets, onto the stage". The Gazette. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Dixon, Guy (June 10, 2009). "Jonathan Roy: a lover, not a fighter". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  4. ^ Fox, Luke (December 7, 2015). "Jonathan Roy Q&A: The fight, the father, the hit song". Sportsnet. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Roy, Jonathan; Roy, Patrick (May 4, 2010). "Patrick Roy's son embarks on music career". Canada AM (Interview). Interviewed by Beverly Thomson. Toronto: CTV.
  6. ^ Usinger, Mike (February 15, 2017). "Perfection about the only option for optimistic Jonathan Roy". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  7. ^ Williams, John (December 1, 2015). "Jonathan Roy trades goalie stick for guitar", Toronto Sun. Retrieved September 5, 2017.

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