Russell Horton

Russell Horton


It's a combination of folk, pop and rock. Imagine Paul Simon, with a little bit of Death Cab for Cutie, and a large smidge of the Beatles.


16-year-old Russell Horton is a Grade 11 honour student at Oakville Trafalgar High School, in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Surrounded by music by such artists as Chuck Berry and Paul Anka growing up, Russell has created his own brand of acoustic pop-rock, blending influence from rock and hard rock like Led Zeppelin with the softer, poetic tones of Death Cab for Cutie and Paul Simon.

He began preforming at the request of a friend who needed a partner for a talent show in Grade 7, and has not stopped playing since. Trained by his mentor and now fellow musician Rich Hamlin at the Merriam School for Music in Oakville, Ontario, Russell began to write original music after taking a week-long course at Queen's University in May, 2007.

He made his public solo debut in May 2008, playing his original "Alice's Song". Russell is currently booking shows in the Greater Toronto Area, specifically in the Oakville-Mississauga area. He hopes now to expand his music to a broader audience and, over the summer of 2009, record his first solo album.

His lyrics speak about the breadth of human emotion, and often tell narratives about human relations, whether his own or those of others.


An EP will be released very, very soon.