“Eccentric, lush + musical… An atmospheric wicked beauty… Uncommonly smooth, yet strange and curious… Enjoy the Roy” —Tom Waits, musician
Phil’s Biographical Top Ten
1. I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Feb. 28, 1959.
2. I attended Berklee College of Music as a guitar major and took aninterest in songwriting.
3. I moved to Los Angles in 1981 and within 3 months got signed to Warner Brothers records with my band Carrera by Ted Templeman. A second album with the same band members was released by EMI-Manhatten in 1985. For the most part, no one owns or has ever heard of these recordings.
4. In 1987 I signed my first of 5 publishing deals to write songs as a staff songwriter in Los Angeles.
5. I have had the honor of writing songs for some of the greatest Soul/R+B singers of the modern recording era. (Ray Charles, Pop’s Staples, Aaron Neville, Joe Cocker, Mavis Staples). Two Academy Award-winning films include my songs. (Leaving Las Vegas + As Good As It Gets)
6. I got “burnt out” trying to write “hits” for my publishers. In 2000 I self released “grouchyfriendly”. NPR stations across the country started playing the album. Won an award, “Independent Album of the Year”. Tom Waits, Wim Wenders, Leonard Cohen and assorted radio stations all said nice things about the recording. Met a girl, after 25 years moved back to Philadelphia , got married.
7. Recorded “Issues + Options”, my second solo album. Got signed by Or Music who released the CD in 2004. Other artist on the label included Los Lonely Boys and Matisyahu. Highlights include strong reviews in The New York Times, and a sold out debut performance at Lincoln Center. Got dropped by record label and divorced from wife.
8. My dog (Travis) and I walk around the park for 6 months thinking about ambition and it’s usefulness and uselessness “The I’m Not Leaving The House Tour” is conceived where people come to my home, I cook and perform a concert.
9. After more then 2 years, I finally finish “The Great Longing”. Another year is spent trying to figure out how I could get people to hear my new music. I get introduced to the people at Decca/Universal. On May 20th 2008, finally, after almost 4 years from starting the initial recording sessions, the album is released.
10. My latest musical recording, “In The Weird Small Hours is released and wins “Concept Album of the Year” by the Independent Music Awards. This album is out of print and actually I am re-conceptualizing this piece of work. (what a concept) Stay tuned. I continue to perform shows and am always cooking a lot. You can still find me combining music and culinary worlds at events through out the year. I currently live in Boise, Idaho (yes Boise) with my wife Katarina, new born son Enzo, and our dog Teo. Hopefully if your reading this we will someday meet along the way. Until then… Phil “Nomad” Roy.
“Eccentric, lush + musical… An atmospheric wicked beauty… Uncommonly smooth, yet strange and curious… Enjoy the Roy” — Tom Waits, musician
“A highly accomplished work” — Leonard Cohen (Poet/Novelist/ Musician)
“We’re surrounded by junk and noise… This is a record like an oasis. .. Like a friendly smile out of nowhere, at the end of a hectic day.” — Wim Wenders (Director)
.. “Phil’s one of the greatest writers I know… — Mavis Staples (Singer/Soul Legend)
.. I cannot get the new CD off of my player… The music is so good I practically started crying while I listened and went over what you’ve been through to get to this point. Making important art that impacts people’s lives is impossible without living, surviving and having the gift to pass it on. — Stephen Hannock (Painter), In the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art/ NYC
“Issues + Options,” one of the year’s two or three most satisfying albums by an American singer/songwriter.” — Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“An uncorrupted sense of artistic control” — Phil Gallo, Variety
“A soulful singer-songwriter” — Casey Dolan, Los Angeles Times
“From-the-heart epiphanies” Rating “A” — JONATHAN TAKIFF, Philadelphia Daily News
As a songwriter, Phil Roy specializes in what you might call a kind of “bleak optimism”. — Steve Inskeep (Host), All Things Considered NPR Radio
“An undercurrent of raw melancholy runs through his songs making him a kindred sprit to brooding types like Leonard Cohen, John Martyn, and Peter Gabriel. — Jon Pareles, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Phil Roy accomplishes a delicate emotional surgery that countless troubadours have tried but few have been able to carry off.” — Steven Holden, New York Times
“Melt”: “Song of the Year” — Rita Houston, WFUV (NYC)
“Melt” is simply one of the most gorgeous love songs ever. — Kim Curtis, Associated Press
Phil Roy’s single “Undeniably Human” is one of the year’s bright spots. — Steve Morse, Boston Globe
“The Phil Roy album has affected me like no other record in the past decade. — Mike Marrone/PD The Loft XM 50 / XM Satellite Radio
Like Dylan and Springsteen, Phil Roy is a storyteller. — Paul Ducey, amazon.com
“Roy’s definitely got a strong knack for slinging emotional arrows pretty deep and true”. — Michael Bertin, The Austin Chronicle
“As a whole, “Issues + Options” is a smorgasbord of delectable sounds, friendly melodies and grown-up moods and topics, a classic in it’s genre” — TRIPLEARADIO.COM