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Billy Raffoul on Growing up in a Creative Household

Rock singer opens up about his upcoming album

Born to a rock & roll musician father and a teacher-painter-writer mother, Billy Raffoul was all but destined to become a musician.

“I grew up in a very artistic and expressive household,” Raffoul remembers. “I got my first guitar when I was 10 and started writing songs right away.”

By 17, Raffoul was playing in bars in Detroit and Toronto before moving to Nashville. He now splits his time between Music City and Los Angeles, but he grew up in the small farm town of Leamington, Ontario – and remembers the moment in high school watching his father perform at his school’s stadium. That’s the moment he decided to become a live performer.

“Watching my dad as a working class musician…the constant in hard work,” he says, explaining how he embodies Budweiser’s pillar of hard work. “That’s something [my father] has shown me, my brothers and now my sister. As long as you’re working hard and doing what you love… however people measure success or the world measures success, none of that matters as long as you’re working hard.”

Performing has been a big part of Raffoul’s process ever since: he’s currently on tour testing out songs for his upcoming album.

“I love getting in rooms and playing songs for people who have never heard the songs before,” Raffoul says. “Going in cold…[is] the only thing I’ve known so far throughout my entire career. That kind of on edge feeling right before you go on.”

With two new releases (“Driver” and “Dark Four Door”) a tour underway and an upcoming album, there’s no question Raffoul is on the edge of a budding career. His slightly raspy voice and honest lyrics give his music a gritty, real vibe; his songs are the kind of songs that make you feel, think and contemplate. They possess that intangible rawness that make you feel like you can really trust the singer, and that he gets you in a way you didn’t even know you wanted someone to.

Look out for more from Billy Raffoul later this year.  


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