The Manzano brothers from Sarasota, Florida began their rise to fame when they founded their band, Boyce Avenue in 2004. Taking the names of two childhood streets and their life of making music together, Alejandro (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Fabian (guitar, vocals) and Daniel (bass, percussion, vocals) combined their skills and talents to make music. Their partnership, which allows them to make decisions and help each other due to their specific strengths, is also a deep rooted family tradition of respect, unity and music.
“We have a very close relationship,” said Alejandro in an interview, “like best friends.” From sharing a room growing up, to sharing in the success of their band Boyce Avenue, by 2007 all three brothers began to take the band seriously. They posted covers of top hits on YouTube while writing and recording original ones for their album, All You’re Meant to Be (2008). “We started to take it seriously, in our own way. We wanted to utilize the internet,” explained Alejandro, 23. “Traditionally, bands will hop in a van and start a tour, but that didn’t appeal to us, it didn’t seem efficient.”
And, they were right. After only four days of posting covers songs on YouTube, they already had thousands of views. (A Linkin Park cover would go on to receive nine million views, alone.) They’ve since released their second album and toured U.S. and Canada. With deep ties to their family’s love for making music together, and with influences like the Goo Goo Dolls, Coldplay, John Mayer and Train, it’s clear Boyce Avenue’s journey is just beginning.
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Boyce Avenue, a Florida-based band popular for its strong acoustic roots and melodic rock sound, consists of the three brothers Alejandro, Fabian, and Daniel Manzano. The brothers first came together as a band in 2004 when Alejandro (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Fabian (guitar, vocals), and their older brother Daniel (bass, percussion, vocals) reconnected after pursuing their respective educational goals.
While music was always a part of their lives and ultimately their collective goal, pursuing a higher education was also important to the brothers. So, after graduating from Harvard Law School, Daniel moved back to Florida, to join his brothers Fabian and Alejandro, who were both attending classes at the University of Florida. It was there that the brothers continued to write music and to perform local shows, and took their most formative steps toward becoming a band.
While Boyce Avenue initiated and built the foundation of its fan base through its online efforts, it has been through successfully touring internationally and delivering its music live to the fans that the band has really separated itself from its developing peers.