Toronto, ON – May 19, 2020 – Troy Junker is a rapper who, by looks, won’t give you what you expect. A high school dropout-turned Uranium miner – who left it all and moved from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Toronto to follow his dreams – now has his feet firmly planted in the music industry. When it comes to lyrical flow, Troy shape-shifts between theme and tone, delivering uplifting bangers for fun and slower tracks with thoughtful messages. Today, the Canadian Métis rapper drops We Up, the new single off his forthcoming EP, The Path – set for release on July 20. Drawing from Troy’s own personal experiences, We Up examines themes of hard work and perseverance, and Troy’s drive to steer himself in a positive direction to fulfill his musical passion. The track features vocals from Sudbury, ON Indigenous artist, Thea May, and was produced by Harmon1x (Thea’s producer). Listen to / share We Up here, and pre-order The Path here.

Troy and Thea May first met at an Indigenous songwriting camp in Toronto, hosted by Music Ontario. Following the camp, Troy travelled to Thea's home – Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, near Sudbury, Ontario – to work on a new set of tracks with her and her producer, Harmon1x.

“Since we're in different cities, a lot of communication happened over the phone. Thea had Harmon1x on speakerphone playing keys and when I heard the melodies, I knew we had to fire it up. Then we'd get together in person to record vocals and catch a vibe,” explains Troy.

“The music we make comes naturally like our friendship. It's like we met by chance and became such good friends,” adds Thea. In tandem with the release of We Up, Troy appears on Thea May’s new track, Colours, which dropped today.

The Path will be Troy’s first album release since 2018 and has a new lyrical focus – positivity. With the album’s theme focusing on how people are capable of choosing the path they are meant to be on, Troy aims to appeal and inspire younger audiences, giving them uplifting messages and reminders to stay hopeful while going through tough times in their lives.

“The Path, is a figure of speech for the journey we're all on in life. The music is hip-hop and electronic influenced with lyrics about growth,” says Troy. “It features production and vocals from a lot of dope musicians that I respect and when I kick back and listen to it, The Path is a project that a young me needed to hear to know things are possible.”

Troy moved from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Toronto, enrolling in Durham College, and achieving honour-roll status in the Music Business Management program – following his dreams in the music industry. Throughout his college years, Troy released two EPs (Time Capsule and Trilly Madison) and went on to play local events and campus house parties.  

Troy closed out 2019 by being featured in an Indigenous Song writing camp, where he had a helping hand in creating So Close by Wolf Den – which charted at #5 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown – and released his own animalistic banger, In The Jungle. We Up follows The Path’s lead single, Inhale Exhale, which dropped last month and features Joey Stylez.

Stay tuned for more news to come from Troy Junker, with the release of The Path on the horizon!

1. The Juice (Prod. JR Hitmaker)
2. Inhale Exhale Ft. Joey Stylez (Prod. My Best Friend Jacob)
3. We Up Ft. Thea May (Prod. Harmon1x)
4. 4U Ft. LUVR (Prod. LUVR)
5. Waves Ft. Larisa Santiago (Prod. My Best Friend Jacob & Big Joe)

Listen to We Up here
Listen to Inhale Exhale here
Pre-order The Path here

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