Billy Raffoul is from the small town of Leamington in southern Ontario. A self-taught musician, Billy got his first guitar at 10 years old, and he hasn’t put it down. Not long after, he began to write and sing his own music. At only 18, Billy is about to take his blossoming musical career to another level with the release of his much anticipated debut album. With this album, Billy Raffoul will broadcast his self-described alternative rock sound in hopes of broadening his fan base.
The development of his individual style comes from a lifetime of musical inspiration from numerous genres. Being the son of an accomplished musician, Billy was surrounded by music starting at a very young age. He was exposed to a variety of different sounds, all of which influenced his style today.
He has said that he is influenced by everything he listens to, yet is keen to specifically mention the music of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and more recently The Black Keys.
From a young age it was obvious to everyone that Billy had a special talent that was not seen everyday. With both his unique voice and guitar playing style, he began catching the attention of everyone that had the opportunity to hear him perform. After realizing that generating music was his top priority, he began to showcase his talent at local venues, which in turn lead to more and more fanfare about his talent. His first solo show was in the summer of 2009 at a local restaurant. Ever since he played as many gigs as he could in hopes of spreading his name and music.
With the success of the small venues, his confidence began to grow. Couple with having a loyal following from his local supporters, he has made a serious stir in the music scene of southern Ontario
One of the outcomes of his newfound popularity was performing with Canadian musician and composer, Pavlo. Billy was invited to preform a song alongside of him during a concert. Pavlo was so impressed with Billy’s work that he allowed him to perform his own cover of Adele’s Someone Like You, which was adored by both Pavlo and the audience.