When you think of one of the more promising artists the Pacific Northwest has to offer, you have to think of singer/songwriter, Rocky Sandoval. Hailing from his hometown, Tacoma, WA, this R&B crooner has his sights set on breaking the ‘mold’ in the music industry and finally shedding spot light on Asian-American talent. His drive and work ethic are comparable to none and his passion for creating quality music is a standard that he takes pride in. On stage, he is as comfortable as ever and it’s evident that he has the confidence and charisma needed to be a force in the music industry.He began writing at an early age and always looked at himself as a writer-first musician, crafting songs for local artists, which eventually got him, noticed.
A move to Los Angeles in 2004 to study at the Musicians Institute is where Rocky really began coming into his own. While taking classes to finish up his BA in commercial music, he began recording full-time as well as performing all over the southern California area. He was a featured artist on MTV’s singer/songwriter show, ‘The SCORE’ with Ryan Cabrera; he was top 15 finalist on P. Diddy’s ‘Making the Band’ season 4; and was a top 50 finisher on American Idol season 1. But it wasn’t until a move back to his home state, that things really started taking off. 2010 marked a breakout year for Rocky Sandoval. It all began with a ‘chance by’ meeting with club promoters, who represented multi-platinum R&B star, Ginuwine. After hearing Rocky’s material, a meeting was set up and Rocky found himself opening up for the legend himself.
Two days later, that same demo that landed him the Ginuwine gig, got into the hands of Beth Valiant, radio director for I-91FM, “I wasn’t sure he had an audience, until we took a chance on him”. His song, ‘Alligator Skin’, ran for nearly 6 months on the top 50 charts, and reached as high as #17, as an unsigned act. The radio play opened more doors as he was invited to perform at Seattle Fashion Week at the Qwest Field Convention Center in Seattle. He has opened for many more major acts including Bobby Valentino, Slim from 112, and even appeared on KUBE 93’s Summer Jam 2010, which featured, Rick Ross, the Game, Drake, and Trey Songz. He was also part of the ground breaking concert series, SEATTLE REIGN, which featured the top Asian-American You Tube stars in the U.S. He was featured artist on the international magazine, SLITZ, and can be found throughout the northwest sharing his gift, in venues both large and small.
The bar has been set even higher for 2011. He just completed his first official mixtape, “Straight Out the Notebook”, which was released January 27th, 2011, and his debut album, “Throwback” is set to be released spring 2011. Rocky continues to win hearts with his music, performance, and character. Rocky Sandoval is the definition of hard work and is the fresh face that music fans have been looking for.
1. Straight Out The Notebook (Intro)
2. Alien Abduction
3. Taking Over
5. Cooler Than Us Ft On Fire Entertainment
6. Your Night
7. He Aint Me Ft K-Truth
8. If It Aint About Music
9. Throw It Back
10. Burn Your Pictures
11. Cant Sleep
12. Superman Bleeds
13. If You Were My Girlfriend Ft On Fire Entertainment
14. Music Hustle
15. Shades Come Off
Rocky Sandoval – Alien Abduction
Rocky Sandoval – Bedroom
Rocky Sandoval Ft On Fire Entertainment – Cooler Than Us
Rocky Sandoval Ft K-Truth – He Aint Me
Rocky Sandoval – If It Aint About Music
Rocky Sandoval – Cant Sleep
Rocky Sandoval – Superman Bleeds
Rocky Sandoval Ft On Fire Entertainment – If You Were My Girlfriend