NINETOFIVE is a multi-instrumental singer-songwriter from Toronto, born in 1995. Originally from Parkdale, NINETOFIVE has spent most of his years in the North York area, raised by a single mother. In 2006, after many sacrifices, she enrolled him in private guitar lessons and his passion for music blossomed. As a teenager,
he attended Cardinal Carter Academy, a secondary school specializing in the arts, and played trombone in the band program. Exploring singing and piano while drawing inspiration from his classmates, NINETOFIVE had his first solo performance in 2012, singing Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran.
Initially pursuing a degree in Kinesiology at York University, NINETOFIVE dropped out in 2016 to join the exclusive Independent Songwriting and Performance program at Seneca College, fast-tracking his artistic development. A turning point in his career, he eventually met his vocal coach and mentor, Paula Griffith. Heavily influenced by R&B and Hip-Hop, he rebranded himself as NINETOFIVE. After graduating, Paula introduced him to his producer, Jovan Jovanov.
Together with Jovanov, NINETOFIVE is currently working on his debut EP, and has released 3 singles: I’ll Survive, HYDMLT, and Clocked In, accumulating over 50,000 Spotify streams to-date. HYDMLT gained radio play on Toronto’s FLOW93.5, during their “Made in Toronto Takeover”. With a creative, genre-fluid sound, heavy-hitting beats, and lyricism focused on his personal struggles and heartaches, NINETOFIVE draws inspiration from a variety of artists, most notably fellow Toronto musician The Weeknd.
Proud of his humble beginnings and Vietnamese heritage in an industry where Asians are often underrepresented, NINETOFIVE seeks to prove that with faith and hard work, no obstacle can hinder his success. As long as his voice and emotions are genuine, they will continue to connect him to his community, in Toronto and worldwide.