By Ishawna Ross
Brampton is home to tons of talent that has been making huge waves in the music scene and Romeyo Wilson is another to add that roster. With tracks like “Birthday” & “Tell Your Body” —just to name a few— this Brampton native brings back that R&B core sound with his own twist to it. With a melodic sound, and smooth voice he is definitely one to carry on the torch representing the many talents coming out of Canada.
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Born on July 30th, Romeyo first started singing at the young age of six. Romeya recalls: “I did my first talent show and then from there I just took it, like a little more serious when I went to high school.” With a heavy R&B background and strong musical influences such as Chris Brown and Usher, Romeyo began to explore his singing ability. Romeyo says: “I started doing more, I started realizing my sound and I was like oh shoot, I’m nice.”
With a new found sound and confidence, Romeyo started to take singing more seriously in high school, after his music teachers built a recording studio and let some of the music students use it to record. Taking his music more seriously, his passion was shared with two other aspiring artists. Fame Holiday, who is an upcoming rapper, and cousin of Romeyo, says: “I think it was just before I finished high school, he showed me he was working on some stuff, music wise.”
The duo began to make music in Romeyo’s home studio. The second artist is his long time friend, Monté Biggz. He says: “We went to the same high school and then from there, he showed me he was a rapper, and I was like: Oh shoot!” As the trio began to work together creating collaboration projects, singles and later household names for themselves, they became a collective of artists that push each other; which only aided in the foundation of a their artistry.
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After high school, Romeyo began to sharpen his skills and honed his craft, “Seeing the growth in what I did, compared to what I’ve done and I realize: Oh shoot! I’m a little bit better now.” Remembering his first performance, Romeyo admitted to being a little nervous, stating that “nervousness came from being off stage and leading up to the performance.” However, after getting on stage & rocking out at a theatre in front of elementary school children at a college, those feelings quickly faded away. From small performances to sold out shows, Romeyo quickly gained recognition and support from local fans. “It’s definitely a blessing, it’s not that I’m guaranteed anyone’s support, so it’s really good see that people really want to come support local talent.”
Romeyo released his first EP on July 30th, 2017 called “7/30”. It brought a summer-time feel, with a Caribbean/Afro-beat vibe. He then followed up with Angela Vibes, which released October 2017and Privacy xoxoxo released on November 2018 – both of which gave a mix of sultry, sexy, soul and up-tempo songs.
With a versatile music catalogue, some artists may have a specific processes when it comes to choosing what to put out, but Romeyo has a simple way of choosing the right songs. “I go based off of, what I feel relates to me most and what I feel like resonates with me the most.” In addition, song titles and theme’s for projects comes just as easy, “sometimes the beat just makes me feel like it should be called this or sometimes, someone would be like ‘yo you said this word, I like how you sang it, call it this.’ And then we go from there.”
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Strong work ethic, a go with the flow mentality, unique sound and the talent to freestyle, Romeyo believes that’s what separates him from other artists coming out of the GTA. His ability to create quality music effortlessly, is a technique that is suitable for today’s climate, where artists can drop tons of music instantly instead of waiting for it to be released in stores.
Streaming services have been a major help for independent artists like Romeyo to grow; however, when asked who would he like to sign to, XO— The Weeknd’s label— was his first answer.
“It all depends on the agreement, within the contract. Also depends on if the money is right.” With high expectations and zero attachment, he also has no problem with continuing on as an independent artist and pushing his brand into a household name. “If I get signed tomorrow, or I keep pushing independent, I’ll be where I need to be regardless of my situation.”
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Tapping into the surface of his music career, Romeyo’s stardom is just starting to elevate to the next level, which prompts the question on whether or not he feels like this was his purpose. “I’ve been influencing people lately, so I love hearing that I’m motivating people to do what they love. That’s why I believe this is my calling.”
With Romeyo starting to gain national recognition, this rising star is making headlines and booking out shows from all over, which leads to the question of where he sees himself and his brand in the next year.
“A couple more sold out shows, more festival performances, more college performances and hopefully a tour.” Whether it’s a national or international tour, he believes in the motto “Go big or go home.”
As a singer, songwriter and performer, Romeyo Wilson is definitely the one to keep an eye out for, as the next talent that could potentially be big out of Canada.
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