Dre Pao is a songwriter and recording artist from Hamilton. Before music, Dre studied political science and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University. Dre’s debut single “WithoutChya” was released on June 3, 2017. Upon its release, the latin-inspired single was named “Maple Pick – Song of the Week” by 91.5FM The Beat, featured as the “Top 40 Sure-shot” by 103.7 KOOL FM, and added to the “Northern Spotlight” by 103.7 MIX FM.
Dre was named the People’s Choice Award winner of the 2015 JUNO Songwriting Competition as a co-writer of the single “Turn it On”. The artist was also the only songwriter to receive the BusinessLink Niagara Top40Under40 Award in 2016. As a performer, he most notably opened for Grammy-nominated artist B.o.B in Toronto for the launch of his 2015 Canadian Tour.
The Canadian artist is also known for his podcast “Real Talk with Dre Pao”, which has featured conversations with artists such as the Arkells, Monster Truck, Billy Talent, Shaun Frank, and more. Dre’s vlog “Real Talk TV” showcases another side of his personality, chatting with various influential figures outside of music ranging from professional hockey players to political leaders.
Listen to his inspiring journey as a musician and the digital marketing tips he shared with entrepreneurs at the 14th Generation Z Hamilton networking event.