Having garnered international attention for their individual accomplishments, tenors Cody Karey, Brett Pruneau and Marc Devigne have joined forces with award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, Trevor Hoffmann, to bring listeners a unique blend of elite male vocals and prolific instrumentation with a modern pop flair. Joining together under the moniker 'Citizen West' the group’s solo careers have amassed some impressive achievements.
Collectively, they have appeared on renowned world stages such as Madison Square Garden in NYC, The Gibson Amphitheater in LA and The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas; they have appeared on 3 musical PBS specials; have performed live with the likes of Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman and more; have headlined 2 major shows on the Las Vegas Strip; have appeared with numerous international theatre and symphony productions, and, as solo artists, have managed to capture the attention of music industry giants David Foster, Walter Afanasieff, David Downes, Diane Warren and Stephan Moccio to name a few.
As a group, Citizen West employ their youth, charm and personality to deliver a new and exciting fusion of both serious musicianship and modern style that leaves listeners both impressed and refreshed. With influences that range from The Tenors and Pentatonix to the likes of Coldplay and the EDM styles of Clean Bandit, Citizen West exhibits a modern, fresh and youthful approach to Adult Contemporary/Pop and Crossover genres. Having combined the creativity of four promising young stars with decades of mentorship under some of the industries most profound influencers, Citizen West is truly poised to soar.
ABOUT CITIZEN WEST
26-year-old Cody Karey has been preparing his entire life for his musical career. Not surprising considering Cody was singing before he even learned to talk. By six, he was performing country songs before audiences in and around his rural small town Fort St. James, and by the time he was a teenager, Cody was taking the stage in big cities and had already appeared on television. It was around this time he discovered a love for the music of Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli.
Cody entered a David Foster talent competition, where he reached the finals, and first began the eight-year journey that ended up with the Grammy-winning producer/songwriter/ record exec signing him to Verve Records. During his 8 year development period with Foster, Cody made countless on-stage appearances on some of the world’s biggest stages including Madison Square Garden in New York. These appearances allowed Cody to hone his craft by sharing the stage with a long list of world-class artists such as Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Cher, Donny Osmond, Paul Anka, Ruben Studdard, Katharine McPhee, Delta Goodrem, Peter Cetera, Phillip Bailey, Jackie Evancho and Charice to name a few. Cody Karey’s self-titled debut album emerged soon after, comprised of a number of love songs and ballads that showcase the power of Karey’s voice, notably his single “You Are The Song” and “A Million Pieces” (with programming Canadian icon, Stephan Moccio), both penned and produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Bernie Herms.
Though he considers himself first and foremost a singer, music is not Karey’s only artistic passion. In January 2015, CTV and Proper Television revealed that Cody would be featured on the hit reality TV series “MasterChef Canada” as a season 2 finalist. By the end of the season, Cody developed a reputation not only as a fan favourite, but also was the first ever MasterChef Canada contestant to be invited back into the competition after being eliminated. Having placed 4th over-all, Cody’s considers his culinary curiosity satisfied, and with this exciting new group project - Citizen West - returns his complete dedication to crafting food for the soul; Music.
Brett Pruneau is a towering vocal force. Born and raised in a small town near
St. Louis MO, Brett has always expressed his passion for life through music. Though he is also a gifted pianist and arranger, when he opens his mouth to sing, there is simply no questioning his true calling. Now based primarily out of Las Vegas, Brett has performed throughout North America and Europe since he was a teenager. For over a decade, he has studied various styles of vocal technique in Chicago, London, Dublin, New York City and most recently Vegas. At the age of 17, Brett was rewarded with his first big break in the Music Industry: Through a stroke of fate, during the intermission of a ‘Celtic Woman’ concert, 17-year-old Brett introduced himself to the Multi-Platinum Global Sensation’s Emmy-Nominated Creator, Producer and Musical Director, David Downes. Impressed with Brett’s powerful, soaring voice, Downes reached out almost immediately to express his excitement-ultimately offering to mentor Brett under an Artist Development contract. Without too much convincing, Brett packed his bags and re-located to Ireland, where he experienced some of the highlights of his young career over the next nearly 4 years. Downes’ mentorship offered a range of exciting opportunities, including recording and performing with various members of Celtic Woman, extensive experience in studio technique and the art of recording, various tours throughout Europe and Germany (including a sold out performance at The Munich Philharmonic Concert Hall) and performing a solo concert at The National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland among others. As Brett matured and his development period with Downes drew to an end, it became clear that the next step was to spread his wings and strike out on his own. Currently based out of Las Vegas, Brett performs regularly on the Las Vegas Strip, having recently headlined the show “Piano Man” at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. He was also the lead vocalist in the show “Jubilee” at Bally’s Casino, Las Vegas’ longest running show (34-years). Brett continues his relationship with his mentor, Downes, and now focuses solely on his collaborative pursuits with 'Citizen West’, which he considers to be his most fulfilling endeavor yet.
A prairie boy originally from Winnipeg Manitoba, Marc Devigne is a diversely experienced Canadian singer, songwriter, musical theatre performer and actor currently residing in Toronto. With a well-rounded experience base that ranges from being a finalist on “Canadian Idol” in 2003, to international touring with various theatre companies and session work as a studio vocalist, Marc has a strong passion for music and performing in general. As a songwriter, Devigne has co-penned music with an impressive array of Canada’s leading songwriters such as Stephan Moccio, Amy Sky, Mark Masri, Greg Johnson, David Martin, Luke McMaster and Simon Wilcox. Marc’s infectious stage presence and performance experience have afforded him the opportunity to appear on 2 PBS specials; a Mark Masri PBS special, as well as “Bailamos! Live at the Empire”. Devigne’s infectious on-stage energy is a testament to his broad range of Musical Theatre experience, such as touring with Rainbow Stage, Persephone Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Ross Petty Pantos and Koba Entertainment to name a few. Devigne has also performed as a featured soloist for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. Recently, he has toured extensively throughout North America as a Vocalist for various musical groups, such as the latin-themed cross-over group “Bailamos” and Popera group “Vivace”, of which he was a founding member and director, and displays an impressive ability to perform in almost any genre. Marc’s decade of experience in the Canadian Entertainment Industry has allowed him to develop a deep network of trusted industry contacts and allies, and he has been privileged to mentor with Dominic Denny, former president of Canada’s Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as well as prominent Entertainment Lawyer, Michael Levine. With all of this under his belt and the full-force of his rolodex of industry supporters behind him, Devigne is a multi- disciplinary force to be reckoned with, and now focuses on developing his most exciting musical project to date - Citizen West.
Trevor Hoffmann is an award-winning pianist and composer who has worked extensively with a variety of North American and Asian Orchestras, including the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, for which he currently serves as the Composer in Residence. Sponsored by Steinway Pianos, Trevor is a prolific song-writer, producer and session keyboardist who’s projects range from commercials to children’s animation, from classical crossover arrangements to club dance tracks, and from producing hip-hop to performing pop opera. Having worked extensively in dance, gospel, alternative rock, contemporary, opera, musical theatre, jazz and other genres, Hoffmann is able to compose, play and arrange fluently in many different styles. Trevor’s gift for music has been apparent from a young age, and in his teens he received a Royal Conservatory of Music diploma with first class honours with distinction in both piano and pedagogy. Though Hoffmann has always been gifted, he began to truly flourish in his post-secondary years when he studied Composition and Orchestration with renowned mentors Dr. Stephen Chatman, Dr. Rodney Sharman and Jeff Toyne. Now, Hoffmann applies these skills to composing, arranging, producing, mixing and performing on a wide variety of musical projects, including his work as a Vocal Producer and Album Mixer on the My Little Pony Christmas Album (#1 on iTunes and Billboard children’s charts in US and Canada).
In the realm of TV and film, Hoffmann has had a hand in the music of TV shows “Littlest Pet Shop”, “My Little Pony”, “Aquestria Girls” and “Dr. Dimension Pants” to name a few, as well as the forthcoming “My Little Pony” feature film. As a vocal arranger/producer and mixer, Trevor has worked on five Emmy Nominated tracks, and has composed and produced music for clients such as Disney, Netflix, HBO, Hasbro and Teletoon. In addition to his musical performance, production and composition experience, Trevor’s has also served as the video director for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, is an experienced musician contractor, and often consults on the artistic direction and composition of a wide array of private, corporate and special events with partner company “E=Mc2” (the Junos). His broad experience base and prolific abilities as a musician are an invaluable resource that allows Citizen West to create high-quality promotional material, orchestrations, arrangements, and original productions in a consistent and unique manner.