The love-child of AMY WINEHOUSE, NO DOUBT, and BLONDIE, El Paso’s THE ROYALTY has captured the best elements of indie, rock, soul, and pop, and created something much more interesting. Female-fronted, male-backed, and Texan bred, THE ROYALTY cooed their way into the hands of top label execs, blowing critics away with their cheery, pop-infused melodies. Passionately playing local gigs, vocalist Nicole Boudreau, guitarist Jesus Apodaca, bassist Mike Hernandez, keyboardist Daniel Martin and drummer Joel Quintana quickly found themselves performing in venues stretching far beyond their hometown.
Formed in 2005, THE ROYALTY joined the underground music scene as a breath of fresh air, indie fans put in a trance by Nicole’s soothing vocals. Fine tuning their sound, the band released their self- titled album in 2010, delivering a delightfully surprising combination of 1960’s doo-wop soul and alt rock. Pressing each album by hand, struggling for revenue, THE ROYALTY rolled up their sleeves and got to work proving their musical chops. Their infectious melodies and smooth as honey hooks landed the band a contract with Victory Records in November 2011, tracking their label-debut album shortly thereafter. Released on May 8th, 2012, Lovers propelled THE ROYALTY to heights never imagined, widely celebrated as one of the best indie records of 2012. Performing at Austin’s 2012 SXSW, the five-piece united fans of all genres, blowing them away with their ultra-cool, carefree brand of indie pop. Like fitting a square peg in a round hole, THE ROYALTY stands out against their peers, producing a sound that would make both ADELE and THE BEATLES proud. Breezy, uplifting lyricism will have your toes tapping and hips swaying, making it near impossible to deny the band’s impressive musicianship.