Ronald Eldon Sexsmith is a Canadian singer-songwriter, originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, who began singing at age 14. After moving to Toronto, he formed the group The Uncool and put out two demos prior to producing his first solo album, Grand Opera Lane (1991). He was subsequently noticed by Warner, with whom he released a self-titled album in 1995. Between 1997 and 2008, the prolific artist put out a string of nine discs of melancholic and melodic pop-folk songs that earned the respect of such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Chris Martin, Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams. In 2011, Long Player Late Bloomer was recorded by the respected producer Bob Rock, at studios in Hollywood, Toronto and Vancouver.