Shelburne, Ontario, Canada is home for multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer/songwriter, Ed Roman. Ed’s music has appeared on more than 600 radio stations world wide over his career. He was a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 and 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Award winner. Twice he was nominated for an IMEA award. In 2015 and 2016 he won the Josie Show Awards. And in 2017 he was awarded the Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist.
Ed has a life long journey of learning to live with dyslexia. “I struggled immensely, and still do,” he said. “When this came to the surface, my mom was clever enough to know that I gravitated towards music and guided me in that direction. I was always singing, always wanting to play the old piano that was in the front hall of our house, and I was always telling stories, so it represented a break away thing for me. It liberated me, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Ed has become an ambassador to the dyslexia community in Canada. “I want people to understand that it’s not so much that it’s a problem; Henry Winkler recently described it as a gift. We’re not better or worse than anybody else. But we crave that three dimensional contact with our environment. And music offers that. It has a sense of fluidity to it, story telling – all the things that are three dimensional. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I told someone in an interview once when they asked me if I’d be playing music if I wasn’t dyslexic; I said yes, I would, because I love it that much.”
Ed spent many years playing with other musicians, but has recently stepped out as a solo artist, and started releasing his material one song at a time rather than a whole album all at once. “We’ve changed so much in terms of how people acquire music these days,” Ed said. “It’s a singles market now, so that’s what we’ve been doing with this new material, “When it’s ready, we put it out there. Maybe we’ll create a video to go along with it, and then in another couple months, we’ll do it all over again.”
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