While he may sound like an all-American contemporary country artist, Robby Johnson's big, bold sound belies the fact that not only was he born in Canada, English is his second language. Robby Johnson was born and raised in a small town in the province of Quebec, but from a young age he was fascinated by all things American. When his parents separated, Robby immersed himself in U.S. television and music, and taught himself to speak English with an American accent. By the time he finished high school, Johnson had developed a passion for singing, and after taking a factory job to pay the bills, he spent his days practicing his vocals as the machinery roared away. While he didn't perform professionally, Johnson loved to sing at family gatherings, and created a French-language version of the Garth Brooks hit "The Dance." Johnson eventually worked his way up to a job as a sales representative, but he was unhappy with his career and dreamed of doing something more creative.