When you think of one of the more promising artists the Pacific Northwest has to offer, you have to think of singer/songwriter, Rocky Sandoval. Hailing from his hometown, Tacoma, WA, this R&B crooner has his sights set on breaking the mold in the music industry and finally shedding spot light on Asian-American talent. Rocky's work ethic, passion for creating top-notch music as well as his love for his fans truly set him apart from the rest. With his capturing stage presence and all of the charisma and confidence in the world, he's stopping at nothing to take the world by storm and be a magnetizing force in the music industry.
Rocky's accomplishments started racking up as early as 2004, starting off as a featured artist on MTV’s singer/songwriter show, "the SCORE" with Ryan Cabrera, a top 15 finalist on P. Diddy’s "Making the Band’"season 4, and a top 50 finisher on American Idol season 1. Shortly thereafter, "Alligator Skin", Rocky's latest and greatest, ran for nearly 6 months on the top 50 charts for I-91FM (Washington state), reaching as high as #17, as an unsigned act. This radio play opened up more doors as he was invited to perform at all the major events through the state annually, including Seattle Fashion Week at Century Link Field, KUBE 93 Summer Jam, the Puyallup Fair, the Miss Washington USA Pageant, the Bite of Seattle, and the Taste of Tacoma, and so many more. He was the featured opening act for the Ladies Night Out Concert Series during that span, opening up for superstars Ginuwine, K-Ci and Jojo, Jon B, Jagged Edge, Dru Hill, Avant, Donell Jones, New Edition, Boyz II Men, Brian Mcknight, 112, Blackstreet and many more. Rocky's performances were so impressive, in an ‘LNO” tour stop in Fresno, California, he was invited on stage by K-Ci and Jojo personally, with the rest of the tour mates, to sing classic Jodeci songs in front of a packed arena topping 10,000 fans. Rocky is a constant regular in the Seattle/Tacoma music scene, performing for numerous shows and events throughout the year, opening for almost every major R&B/hip-hop artist that comes through town.
His music resume includes two official mixtapes, “Straight Out the Notebook” and “#mrversatility” which have been featured on numerous websites, blogs and even drew the attention of legendary R&B deejays DJ Finesse, DJ Chuck T, DJ Rondevu, and DJ Funk Daddy, all of whom have featured Rocky’s music on their well-known mixtape series. His talent extends beyond the stage and onto paper; Rocky has penned songs for Pitbull, T-Pain, YMCMB and Grammy Award winning multi-platinum producers, Tha Bizness. He is currently in the process of starting his own publishing company and his work continues to gain notoriety in the press, various publications including but not limited to numerous magazines, gracing the cover of two (One-Ten and Emerald), internet coverage and a healthy relationship with prominent booking agents.
The Crown Jewel of 2014 for Rocky was the release of his debut album “Throwback”. After selling out the album release party in his hometown, Rocky continues to be a favorite draw in the state of Washington, performing almost every weekend in both large and small venues. After announcing a fourth album, a limited edition 2015 project titled "Fifty Shades of Red", Rocky’s demand and brand grew throughout the entire state. Physical copies of "Fifty Shades of Red" sold out a week prior to the scheduled release on Valentine’s Day with so much more demand for the album that to this day, the limited edition project is still one of the most sought-after albums of 2015. Rocky is currently working on his first college tour and continues to sell out local headlining shows. These days, Rocky finds himself grinding for countless hours in anticipation of his newest, currently untitled EP release. He has released numerous singles, all of which can be found on iTunes as well as exclusive unreleased Rocky Sandoval songs that can be found throughout his social media outlets, most notably at rockysandoval.bandcamp.com.
Today, Rocky continues to win the hearts of his dedicated fans with his music, performance, character and boundless drive and hard work. Determined to leave a lasting legacy, Rocky's passion, grit and consistency will irrefutably catapult him into superstardom.