Born in a family fascinated by music, Roney Giah started studying and playing the guitar at 6 years old. His first band came when he was 9, encouraged by his teacher and mentor, Manuel dos Santos. His first compositions came when he was 11 years old. But it was only with his second band, Moscou Capitalista (Capitalist Moscow) that Roney started playing at music festivals and made his first studio recording in 1988. The band split up four years later, making place for Quelidon, power trio consisted of Roney (voice and guitar), Rolon (bass), and Sil (drums).
In 1993, Giah traveled to the United States to study music at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. There, he studied with Pat Metheny, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Joe Diorio, Joe Pass, Stanley Jordan, Jenifer Batten (Michael Jackson’s former guitar player), and Cat Gray (Prince’s former keyboard player).
Back to Brazil in 1994, and after two years of concerts, the singer, guitar player and composer, recorded his debut album, Semente (Seed), in 1996, at the Bebop Studio. The CD was largely instrumental and was nominated for Brazil’s 1998 Sharp Award.
Also in 1998, he was finalist at Brazil’s Visa Instrumental Award and won a second place at the Berklee / Souza Lima Festival, in São Paulo.
Roney Giah’s second algum, the CD Mais Dias na Terra (Extra days on Earth), had its official launching on April 29, 2006 in a sold out concert at the theater of Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) in São Paulo. Mais dias na Terra (Extra days on Earth) was also pre-selected for 2006 Brazilian Tim Award and Latin Grammy 2006.
In 2008, The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, created by Yoko Ono with judges such as Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Fergie, Al Jareau, Bob Weir, and Lamont Dozier gave Honorable Mention in World category for the song Amar com E, from Giah’s second CD, More Days on Earth.
Also in 2008, Giah signed a record deal with British Label ASTRANOVA for the release of a CD compilation entitled Yesterday’s tomorrow. Featuring seven tracks from Semente – Seed – (1998), six tracks from Mais dias na Terra − More days on Earth − (2006), and one bonus track exclusively produced for the compilation, ASTRANOVA released podcast shows in 107 countries.