When the sound of Hey Romeo spills out of speakers, and it could be those in a car tuned into a local radio station, a couple of high end pieces of audio artwork paired in a home stereo, earplugs in a ipod, or massive bins in a concert hall, one thing always factors into the equation at hand.
Quite simply, the bright, soulful sound of Hey Romeo becomes the soundtrack for everything else that is going on in day-to-day life.
It's a sound, where classic country phrasing and sentiments like honky-tonk heartaches, dovetail beautifully with the slick steps and bounce of upbeat urban adventures.
Stacie Roper, Rob Shapiro, and Darren Gusnowsky are the collective heartbeat of Hey Romeo and over the past eight years, this trio of accomplished musicians have put in the required hard work, to make the group one of the "real" rising star acts in Canadian country music.
Along with the prerequisite of superior talent, Hey Romeo is a combination of unique and likable personalities and perseverance. Those ingredients came together in Alberta in 2002, after Stacie, Rob and Darren had all spent their formative years figuring out who they were musically.
Kick-starting a band is one thing, keeping it on the rails and pointed in the right direction for any length of time is another. From the outset, Shapiro remembers that, "there was a unique tone to what we were doing with Hey Romeo and one that deserved our commitment."
That they had all grown and survived in the very competitive Alberta music scene was one of the calling cards that enabled the group, which initially worked under another name, to stand out from the pack.
Although market circumstances make it much more difficult to perform on a regular basis than back in the mid-nineties when countless venues with stages were the order of the day, this trio consistently stitched together performance itineraries that were the envy of their peers.
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