Hey Romeo, Artist of the Week
Runs Oct. 13-17
Hey Romeo is a Canadian country-music trio from Edmonton, Alberta. The band’s members are Stacie Roper (vocals), Darren Gusnowsky (guitar) and Rob Shapiro (keyboard). Their 2007 single “Second Hand News”, a cover of the 1977 Fleetwood Mac song, reached the Top 50 on the Radio & Records Canadian country-singles chart. Hey Romeo was named Top New Talent of the Year – Group or Duo at the 2008 Canadian Country Music Association awards.
Since they formed in 2002, Hey Romeo’s insistence on staying on the road as much as possible has garnered the Alberta-based Country band a reputation as one of the hardest working acts in Canada. That reputation will only be enhanced following the release of their six-song, 2014 EP, I Got This – a seamless blend of Country, pop and rock that reminds listeners that it’s often life’s simplest moments that are the most important.
Over time Hey Romeo have shared the stage with artists including Sugarland, Darius Rucker, Gord Bamford and Johnny Reid and will kick off their 2014 touring cycle by joining Alan Jackson, Terri Clark and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for multiple dates in Western Canada.
In 2008, Hey Romeo’s self-titled debut garnered them a Canadian Country Music Award for Top New Talent of the Year. Their follow up, That’s What I Am (2010), cemented their reputation for fans and industry alike with the Top 20 hits ‘Searchin’ For You’ and title track, ‘That’s What I Am.’ Additionally, both That’s What I Am and 2012’s Twist Of Fate landed the band CCMA Awards for Group or Duo of the Year in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
With I Got This, Hey Romeo have released a record that, as lead vocalist Stacie Roper sings on the title track, will literally “turn your day around.” Featuring good time, party tunes like ‘Hello Patio,’ and introspective offerings such as ‘Won’t Be Over You,’ I Got This as refreshing as a cold drink on a blazing hot day. When it comes to spreading sunshine, as Roper, keyboardist Rob Shapiro and guitarist Darren Gusnowsky put it themselves, “I Got This.”