Attila Biography
 
By Tina Dealwis

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“One day everybody will know the name Attila.” - Attila

Canadian singer/songwriter/keyboardist Attila wants to conquer the world with music.

Listen to Attila, and you will know that it is not just your typical pop/rock music. Highly personal lyrics, combined with sophisticated arrangements and melodies, create Attila’s signature sound. Attila’s personal and heartfelt approach to songwriting is what makes his music so relatable, and that emotion is one of his greatest strengths. “Everything that is written has either happened to me, or is similar to what happened to me,” Attila says. A self-proclaimed rule-breaker, he loves to infuse his songs with the unexpected, such as surprising listeners by inserting a classical string arrangement in the middle of a rock groove.

He has been through much turmoil in his lifetime, and is living proof that any obstacle can be overcome. Born in Romania as Attila Biro, he came from humble beginnings. He was left in Communist Romania at age one when his parents escaped first to Hungary, and then Austria. Attila was reunited with his parents a year later, when the family immigrated to Canada as refugees. “My parents wanted to give me a better life, where if you wanted to buy milk, you could buy milk,” Attila says of his early childhood. The family first flew to Vancouver, “with two suitcases, me, my sister, and $300,” Attila says. After a time in Vancouver, the family then drove across Canada in an old mini-van from Vancouver to Hamilton, Ontario, where they put down some roots and flourished.

Attila remains eternally grateful to Canada for the life and opportunities he has been given. “I am so proud to be a Canadian artist,” Attila says. “I wasn’t born in Canada, but I am so proud to be Canadian.”

Attila credits his father, who had been a musician in Romania, with introducing him to music. When the family moved to Canada, Attila’s father formed a small Hungarian band, and introduced Attila to an old Casio keyboard. Attila started to play around with the instrument, and quickly became a proficient keyboardist. Except for a few music lessons, Attila is completely self-taught. Recognizing Attila’s talent, his father suddenly announced one day that he wanted 13-year-old Attila to learn 50-60 songs for an upcoming gig! Determined and ambitious, Attila learned the songs, and began to play concerts with his father’s Hungarian band.

Attila also started writing songs at age 13, and at age 16, he sent the songs off to record companies. He was thrilled to get a call-back from A & R man Cory Bradshaw at Popular Records. Cory saw that Attila had amazing potential, and connected with one of his songs called “The Summer Song,” which was written for a female vocalist. They re-worked the lyrics a little with songwriter James Collins, and recorded the song with a female singer. “The Summer Song” by Tropicola charted at #38 on the Canadian charts and also won against Weezer and Avril Lavigne on a nightly radio call-in show. During his teen years, Attila also had a hit song in his native Romania.

After high school, Attila focused on academics, as he studied business at college, and obtained his real estate license, but music was never far from his heart. He continued to play gigs with his father, and kept in touch with Cory Bradshaw, who is now his manager. “I was living the teen life, going out with friends, but on the side, whatever was going on in my life was written down in my music.”

Attila couldn’t deny his passion for music, however, and decided to pursue a music career full-tilt. His debut album, “Live a Lie,” is a documentation of his tumultuous teenage years, and contains both upbeat songs with soulful ballads. Attila’s musical influences, such as Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Josh Groban and Michael Buble, are apparent in the album’s diverse music. The album’s keyboard-focused sound, emotional lyrics and Attila’s raspy vocals make it a must-listen for music lovers everywhere.

 
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