Early Life: Troy Dean (born March 25, 1986) is a singer-songwriter and musician. After attending William Allen High School, Troy decided to further his career and pursue singing rather than take the more traditional route. Dean was born and raised in Allentown Pennsylvania. He grew up in a musical home courtesy of his mother and grandparents. “My mother taught me how to sing,” he explains. She was a lead singer in a band for many years. “She helped me out a lot with vocal lessons and since then I have been writing and playing.” His grandparents took him to shows at the historic Grand Ole Opry in Opryland many times and exposed him to many classic artists at home through their record collection. “All they listened to was Elvis Presley and other great musicians.”
Make or Break: When Troy made his mark in his hometown, he and others knew it was time to move onto bigger things. In 2005 he took his talent to New York City. He heard of a record label who was scouting for new talent and eventually met Randy Witherspoon, CEO of Mopptopp Records. After Randy heard some of his songs, he put Troy in the studio to record his first demo. Randy invited Troy to be a part of PYI (Project Youth Initiative)as well. “PYI is for the untapped, and all too often overlooked talent, PYI will enable this otherwise invisible group of extraordinary artists to have their moment to step up to the mic — a mic that will knock down the barriers of race, economic status and privilege,” said Randy. Shortly after Deans first demo was recorded, he played a live show in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn New York as a part of PYI. Troy’s hard work and Randy’s good spirits were proving to get them a lot of publicity in New York newspapers such as, “24 Seven.”
The Start: After that performance his name started to spread around the East Coast. In 2007 Troy did a live showcase on the PA radio station 90.3fm with host Phil Stahl. This became a regular thing for Troy. It was a chance to showcase his talent and he started getting great feedback. He began playing nightclubs and bars every night of the week. Eventually his name and sound spread, and so did his fan base. A local college from Troy’s hometown wrote an impressive article about him in there newspaper, The Crestiad. They mentioned all of the hard work he has done to get to where he is today. Another one of Troy’s acoustic shows that drew enormous feedback was when he performed at Garfield’s in Northampton PA. He shared the stage with other artists that night and the turnout was great. That show landed him a full page article in The Valley Beat magazine. By this time Troy has sent out many press packages to different Independent record labels. Eventually he received a phone call from the studio Red Horse Records, which is a branch of Dixiana Music in Nashville Tennessee. Troy boarded a bus to see what the label had to offer him. When he arrived, he found out it wasn’t what he was looking for, so he headed back home and continued pushing his music.
American Idol: In the summer of 2010, the singing/talent television show “American Idol” came to East Rutherford New Jersey. The auditions for the show were on August 3rd, held at the Izod Center. Troy decided to try out, but unfortunately the judges weren’t in his favor. He didn’t make the audition. There was another audition being held a few weeks later on the 19th of August. This time it was at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. The home of the MLB team, San Francisco “Giants.” It was short notice but Troy wanted another shot. He traveled across country by car to San Francisco to try again. After the long trip, he finally arrived in California. On August 19th, Troy tried out at AT&T field and made it thru the first round. A week later at another location in San Francisco he tried out for round two. Unfortunately again, the judges didn’t put him through to the next round. He packed up his bags, and drove across country back home to continue to pursue his career.
Back To East Coast: During all of the excitement and late night shows, in 2011 tragedy struck home. In Troy’s hometown, a tragic house explosion occurred killing 5 people including a four month old boy. It was a devastating blow for the families and victims who suffered from this. A local singer named Alexxis Steele decided to put together a benefit concert to help the people of this tragedy. It was to be held at Crocodile Rock Cafe, a local venue who brought in national acts. Troy’s name had been floating around at this point and he ended up landing a live half hour show. The concert was a great success. Dean ended up getting tons of publicity and an article in the local newspaper, The Morning Call. When word spread of his performance, he landed an even bigger show. Crocodile Rock Cafe wanted him back. This time they offered him a chance to open up for the well known rocker, Bret Michaels. Troy jumped at the opportunity and gave them what they wanted.
The Present: In 2012, Troy Dean relocated to New York City and since has recorded three new singles at Metaphonic Studio’s. The singles are acoustic ballads and they are titled “Catch Me”, “Penny” and “Hell or High Water.” The songs are being sold on ITunes, Amazon and Google Play. Troy Dean is currently an independent and unsigned artist.