This week’s featured artist is fourteen year old, Canadian born, Lyric Dubee. Like other young talent that has been introduced here I found Lyric on his YouTube channel and was especially fascinated with his originality and sound.
Immediately I recognized that Lyric was another fine example of the quality of the amazing talent that Canada has been producing through this younger generation of musicians and vocalists.
I asked Lyric to do a special self introduction video for this article which he graciously created. I’m proud and excited to finally be able to embed it below for your enjoyment.
Lyric Dubee began his life as a reflection of a love for music, in the fact that his parents named him Lyric because they loved music. I’m told; that a wide variety of music was always playing in the house and car from the moment Lyric was born, and before he could walk or talk he was humming recognizable songs. (Mary Had a Little Lamb for example.)
On his 3rd birthday Lyric got dressed up like Woody, (he always loved acting) he grabbed a badminton racket and pretended play the guitar to entertain the guests at the party. Still, his parents had no clue he would eventually want to play music.
When Lyric’s dad was a teenager he was in a garage band and kept the guitar which sat in the basement collecting dust. At age 9 Lyric asked to see it and asked if he could have it. His dad said “if you learn to play it, you can have it”. The lessons began and that was the start of a new obsession.
Within a few months he had landed a spot in the school talent show where he was seen and asked to play at the Barrie New Music Festival. He has performed in the festival every year since. In 2010 he was nominated for best song writer and again in 2011 when he won the award with his original song “Hello Beautiful”.
In 2011, at just 12 years old, Lyric wrote and recorded his debut album “Broken Dreams”. His CD release party was a huge success with 160 people in attendance. Lyric is well on his way to completing a second album and has already laid down three songs for this project.
Lyric is an easy going guy who loves to bike and watch movies with his friends and really enjoys reading in the back yard hammock (which is where he gets a lot of his song writing ideas from) . He has a great sense of humor and is often kidding and laughing with other children and adults alike.
Dedication to a craft is always an important trait of every successful musician. Lyric demonstrates his passion for his talent in his determination to practice and perfect his skills. For the last year he has increased his guitar lessons to every morning before going to school (5 days a week) with his guitar teacher John Weston. They work out of John’s renovated barn music studio. In the summer, when school is not in session, Lyric rides his bike to and from his lessons.
Lyric recently won the music award for grade 8 graduation year. Lyric’s guitar lessons are mostly on classical guitar as he is currently writing and playing his RCM exams so that he may attend University for music down the road. He studies advanced theory and is going for his grade 5 exam this summer. He passed his last exam with “honors with distinction”. Guitar and his future are two things he does take seriously.
Lyric loves a variety of music styles (blues, rock, pop) but he is influenced by John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Linkin’ Park, and Jimi Hendrix.
Lyric takes every opportunity to play with other musicians of all ages and experience and spends most weekends and evenings either at practices, playing live or busking.
It is Lyric’s hope, that his listeners will enjoy the messages in his songs, as he tries to write songs that tell a story. After watching a YouTube video on texting and driving he was so disturbed he went straight to his studio and wrote the song “You Instead”. The OPP (Ontario Provincial Police), featured the video on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and are also using it a teaching tool. The local news team came to interview Lyric as they were amazed that a 12 year old could understand the impacts of texting and driving.
2012 has been a very busy year for Lyric so far. He performed at the CMW (Canadian Music Week) in March and NXNE in June. (see the list below for more details) This year he has opened for Walk Off the Earth and David Usher at the Wiarton Willie Festival and Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo at a Gildas Fund Raiser.
Lyric also has kind heart and has performed at many benefits and charities for both humans and animals.
Jul 12-15, 2012 – Kingston Buskers Rendezvous – various times
Jul 1, 2012 – Music By The Bay Festival, Pickering, 1:12pm
Jun 30, 2012 – Promenade Days – Memorial Park, Barrie 11am
Jun 17, 2012 – NXNE, Harbourfront Toronto, 235 Queens Quay 3pm
Jun 10, 2012 – Gildas Club Fund Raiser with Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo 3pm. Tickets are $250 per person
Jun 8, 2012 – Performing downtown Barrie – launching the Friday Night Music program at Memorial Park, 6pm
Jun 2, 2012 – Performing live at the Fund Raising Walk-a-thon for Tourette Syndrome 12pm – Sunnidale Park, Barrie
Jun 2, 2012 – Orangeville Blues Festival – The Alton Mill 4pm, 1402 Queen Street West, Caledon
May 26, 2012 – Barrie East End Social Festival 1pm – Strabane Park, Barrie
May 26, 2012 – Busking at the Barrie Waterfront Festival 3pm
May 26, 2012 – Fund Raiser for “THE TORONTO SUMMERTIME GRAND ARTS FESTIVAL”-SUMMER, 2013″ 9 pm – Scarborough
May 13, 2012 – Roc’n Doc’s, 6pm – 105 Lakeshore Road East Mississauga
May 7, 2012 – Theatre By the Bay ” Stars Come Out” Fund Raiser, Barrie, 5:30pm May 6, 2012 – Fund raiser for Margaret Dinsdale, owner of Sugar Moon Music Inc, Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. West
Apr 30, 2012 – Barrie City Hall Rotunda – Barrie 6pm Barrie “Street Performers Program”
Apr 25, 2012 – New Mady Centre – Department of Cultural Annual Update, Barrie 6:15pm
Apr 22, 2012 – City Lights Bar & Grill, 67 Saint Paul Street St. Catharines 8pm
Apr 18, 2012 – OMG – Bella Rosa’s, 338 Merrit St, St. Catharines 8pm
Apr 16, 2012 – Kiwanis Music Festival 2pm
Apr 16, 2012 – Gildas Got Talent 6pm
Apr 7, 2012 – Timothy’s Bar in Etobicoke with Virgil Scott 4:30pm
Mar 17, 2012 – Private function at Camp Hill 8pm
Mar 3, 2012 – Fund Raising Dance (ages 13 – 18) for Zack Brennan’s educational tour through Eastview Collegiate High School. New Lowell Legion, County Rd 9, Doors open at 7pm, Lyric performs at 9pm. $5 at the door
Feb 28, 2012 – Performing with Baxter Choir at
Kozlov Centre in Barrie 11:30am
Feb 25, 2012 – VIDEO SHOOT – Utopia Community Hall, 8396 6th Line, Utopia, ON L0M 1T0 2:30 pm
Feb 4, 2012 – Wiarton Willie Festival with David Usher and Walk Off The Earth 2pm – Wiarton, ON
Jan 17, 2012 – Virgil Scott’s Happy New Year to Musicians Party – The Hollywood on the Queensway . Doors open at 7pm , music starts at 8pm. $5 at the door.
Jan 13, 2012 – An Evening of Blues 8pm- Ivy Community Hall, 5085 20th SdRd, Ivy ON, Tickets: Adults $10.00 Youth under 16 $5.00, Door Prizes
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