Royal started playing piano at age 7 and has never quit! Singing is also a big part of her musical background.. She sang in choir and high school musicals and then proceeded on to college and earned a B.F.A. degree in voice and piano. Her professional experience is diverse, including stints with jazz trios, blues artists and pop groups.
When she met Ray Schulte, she joined his band, Touch, and began playing rock music for the first time. She and Ray have worked together ever since, performing in various bands and as a two piece act. She and Ray worked with Tony Orlando and Dawn when Tony was at the height of his success with Tie a Yellow Ribbon. They travelled throughout the U.S. doing clubs and county fairs. Royal, with Ray, was one of the founders of the alternative rock band, Not On File, which toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and the Carribean.
The two of them and a drummer also backed a country group out of Kentucky and toured the Middle East and Europe with them. Royal has also done multiple tours of Europe as keyboardist and back-up vocalist with Pavlov’s Dog, whose debut album went platinum. The group Ravaged Hearts is the current project keeping both Royal and Ray busy writing, recording, and performing when not working with Steve Davis and Memories of Elvis. In addition to her work with Steve and Ravaged Hearts, Royal teaches piano and voice in her home studio.Royal is proud to be a part of Steve’s musical family and part of such a professional and polished act. “Steve has a beautiful voice, is a fabulous singer and his showmanship is absolutely tops!