Phil, the eldest, started playing guitar at age 9, moved to diligent study and practice by idols like Mark Tremonti and masterful guitarist Danny J, who has also been his guitar teacher for many years. Knowing since his earliest encounters with music that he wanted to pursue it professionally, he also became proficient at mandolin, bass, piano and ukulele.
Dalton, the middle brother was drawn to drums at a very early age, when he would transform Lincoln Logs into drum sticks and play rhythmic passages on toy bins. Following Phil’s example, he began to study percussion formally when he was 6, looking up to rhythmic artists such as his late great grandfather Jack Hannan and Scott Phillips, also simultaneously picking up piano, bass and guitar.
Colin, the youngest, exhibited a strong talent for singing long before he even picked up an instrument or was old enough to formally study music. An exceptional bass player, he felt at home on stage immediately during his first official performance as a lead vocalist with his brothers at school when he was 6 and, captivated by the work of singers and songwriters like John Mayer and Gavin DeGraw, grew into an engaging singer and multi-instrumentalist.
BEYOND THE SUN
Their enthusiasm for learning the many different components of their craft, from songwriting, to music theory and even recording and production has allowed them to become experienced professionals at a young age and continues to command the attention of fans in their hometown and beyond. Their creativity, dexterity as instrumentalists and sense of humor along with their intense drive to leave their own mark on the world as creative masters of their respective instruments allows them to regularly travel to unexplored, delightfully-surprising territory.
Beyond The Sun’s on-going journey as a band has been dually marked by their passion for forging their own, innovative path and each brother’s commitment to exploring the many nuances of his instrument and its exciting place in the musical world with the help of skilled mentors. As children in a tight-knit family, they stuck close together, enthusiastically putting on shows for their parents in their playroom by playing their favorite tunes through their cassette player and singing along, transforming toys into guitars and drums.
Nurtured in a home where the Arts and free self expression were highly valued, the three played initially from 2003 – 2005 with an additional member as the four-piece group, Hidden Echo. When they were 7, 9 and 12, with Phil on guitar, Dalton on drums and Colin on bass and backing vocals and their former lead singer, they were the youngest musicians in history to showcase at Canadian Music Week. This experience led to qualifying as finalists in 97.7 HTZ FM’s Rocksearch and eventually, a promotional tour of summer camps throughout New York City and New Jersey through the Camplified organization. The brothers officially reformed as Beyond The Sun in 2005 and since then, have racked up a long list of accomplishments.
They have played at major sports venues, including the Ricoh Coliseum, The Rogers Centre and Air Canada Centre. They have also performed for all ages at venues ranging from local bars and neighborhood schools, to some of Ontario’s most prestigious festivals, sharing the stage with artists including Jeff Healey, David Wilcox, State of Shock and Canadian Idol Kalan Porter.They recently garnered 5 awards from Beat100.com in the United Kingdom: Song Award Gold; Press Release Award; Favourite Award Gold and the top honor of the Ultimate Musician Award.
As Beyond The Sun gains momentum as a powerful group, each member shows deep commitment to rigorous musical study and practice. Phil studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music as a songwriting major. And Dalton also has taken courses in music production through Berklee’s online college program as well as studying with Toronto’s renowned drum technician Danny Brown since 2005. Colin has taken bass lessons since 2003 and voice lessons since 2005, studying with Falconer Abraham in Toronto for 6 years and most recently with Ken Tamplin, one of the most sought-after vocal coaches in the U.S. at the Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy in Los Angeles.
Beyond The Sun’s first studio-recorded EP with Colin on lead vocals, Jekyll and Hyde released in 2009, and the band has always maintained a rigorous schedule of live shows. The band’s dedication to musical growth and to developing a distinctive creative voice has helped the brothers develop partnerships with many highly-talented artists, industry leaders and producers, including Eric Bass (Shinedown), his late manager Johnny Diamond and producer Rick Beato (NEEDTOBREATHE, Boys Like Girls). Recorded and produced at Black Dog Sound Recording Studios in Atlanta, the band’s second 5-song EP My Kind of Crazy was released in Fall 2012. The title track remained in the Top 40 on the U.S. R&R Indicator charts for 7 weeks, the Top 10 on the Top 40 New Music Weekly Chart for 8 weeks, peaking at #5 and remained in the Top 100 on the Top 40 Mediabase chart after peaking at #11 on Sirius XM’s 20 on 20 countdown. Beyond the Sun’s second single Shooting Star (Radio Edit) peaked at #5 on Top 40 NMW and remained in the Top 10 for 4 weeks in the U.S. this fall while the band promoted the single with radio, television interviews and promotional performances throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. Additionally, Beyond the Sun recently began working with Producer Eric Bass of Shinedown on their next EP, with music to be released in 2014.