Being daring, tenacious, and rough around the edges is everything a rock star should be, and for Troy Harley those traits have always been part of his identity. He first fell in love with rock music when he heard "Machine Head" by Deep Purple. In the very same moment that he listened to the song, the youngster started dreaming of crafting a similar sound for the Russian music scene. Before other kids his age could even dream of what they wanted to be when they grew up, Troy was already plotting a career in music. Dedicated to the school of rock, he notes Nickelback, Aerosmith, Nazareth, ACDC, Def Leppard, Gotthard, Linkin Park, and Whitesnake as some of his musical influences. While there are many things that set Troy apart from the rest, one standout factor is his powerful voice, which evokes a contagious sense of energy mixed with an endearing romanticism. His uniqueness has garnered comparisons to the likes of a young Jon Bon Jovi and a distinctive onstage presence similar to that of Steven Tyler.
As Troy perfected his talent, people started to take notice. He was invited on Russia's top rated reality talent show, Star Factory (a singing competition similar to American Idol and X-Factor). During his tenure on the show Troy had the pleasure of singing duets with some of the greatest rock bands of all time including the Scorpions, Gorky Park, and Gotthard, the latter of which would later help him record his new music. After finishing up season six of Star Factory, Troy's distinctive onstage performance continued to impress the public. He gained national notoriety as he and his band, Chelsea, continued to rock stages all over Russia. By early 2011, Troy and his band went back for another round of Star Factory where they defeated some of the show's most successful contestants to take home second place trophy.
Last year marked a big change for Troy, when he packed up and moved to Los Angeles. Music veterans Oleg Shmelev and Julia Kurbatova (of JK Music Group) had been following his career since watching him perform "Wind of Change," with the legendary Scorpions, just as their company was seeking a rock act to even out its dancepop lineup. Impressed by his success on Star Factory, they invited him to Los Angeles to audition for producer and American Idol judge, Randy Jackson. After hearing Troy's amazing vocal range and the unique tembre of his voice, Randy decided to sign him to his indie record label Dream Merchant 21.
The newest Randy Jackson's recording artist Troy Harley is set to conquer the hears of America and ready to unveil the rocker within. His first single was recorded at Jim Henson Studios, recording site of John Lennon, The Doors, Joe Cocker, Pink Floyd, Metallica, U2 and Bon Jovi, with the help of producer Randy Jackson. "Working with Troy has been a great experience" said Jackson. "His voice is amazing and he is definitely star material. We got some hot records coming your way, so look out!"