Tony and Paul Rovillard are singer-songwriters who were born on March 1, 1955 in Washington, D.C, and raised in Silver Spring, MD. After the divorce of their parents, “The Twins” were raised by their maternal grandmother, Anna Mae Sowin, who provided them with a healthy and stimulating environment, which enhanced the influence of music in their lives. With growing interest in music, Tony received a drum set and Paul an alto sax, with lessons that continued for years. The brothers attended every free concert performance they could reasonably travel to, spent countless hours listening to and learning music, and later on, Tony taught himself to play keys.
In the summer of 1969, Paul and Tony assembled their first group called The Consoulers Band and Show, which consisted of two front men performing soulful vocals, sax, drums, guitar, bass and keyboards. The band soon became known as Nanagon and then as Flush, and with this evolution they revealed the writing, arranging, and producing that they sought to establish with their original songs. They built a following in various nightclubs, and opened for national acts during the 1970’s including Roy Buchanan and Danny Gatton. In addition, they gained experience backing up 1950’s and 1960’s artists, including Del Shannon and Dee Dee Sharp, which provided the impressions of R&B on their future compositions.
In 1976, Tony and Paul added guitarist Steve Levine, bassist Andre Sokal and Andy Eckley on keyboards to their new unit, Paul Spencer and Motion. The band remained under contract for three years as the house band of The Keg nightclub in Georgetown section of Washington, DC. Playing six nights each week, they were now free to play their own compositions and original music. At the same time, they began studio work in NYC at Record Plant, Electric Lady and the Ramones studio in Yonkers. With the release of their single, Dancing Thru the Night, they began to garner the attention of several management agencies, and most notably Leber and Krebs, who handled the careers of Aerosmith and Ted Nugent.
By early 1980, the brothers signed a deal with a local agent, Forty Thompson, to perform in a Top 40 dance band called Instant Replay. The group continued for four years evolving into Tight Squeeze, during which Tony and Paul toured the Midwest and Southeast of The United States. By the summer of 1983, Tony and Paul were backing up Tiny Tim in a four-day gig. At the conclusion of their last show, they decided to take a break from the dance band circuit. In 1984, Tony married and later on become a father and a grandfather. Both brothers became career law enforcement professionals, but they continued to compose and play music.
In June 2011, Tony received a phone call from his high school friend George. They reunited with Paul, and George spoke convincingly to the brothers about the urgency of pursuing their dream and getting back to a recording studio. Today, “The Twins” are back to where they have been, from endless hours of rehearsing at Cody Drive, to non-stop tour bus rides to their next gig.