Sta Maria, born in Malacca City, is a Malaysian singer-songwriter
whose rise in popularity began when he was offered a recording
contract with EMI in the early eighties.
His interest in music started at a very young age and he went on
to attend the St. Francis Institution where he obtained a Grade 2
in the Overseas School Certificate and the Malaysian Certificate
On finishing high school Royston was invited to join his father's
band as a bass guitarist and so as a young nineteen year old he
began performing nightly at the New Straits View Hotel in Johor
After two solid years of working the nightclub scene and gaining
invaluable experience in backing numerous floor-show artists
Royston decided to leave for the big smoke and make the move to
In the Malaysian capital Royston enrolled in a hotel management
course and to support himself worked as a waiter in a coffee-house
at the Fitzpatrick's building in Jalan Raja Chulan.
His love for music and desire to perform, however, ensured he did
not complete the hotel management course and when Royston was
asked to join popular local band Electric Organism on a nine month
residency at the Tomorrow Disco within the Merlin Hotel he never
The venue was at the time one of the most frequented in Kuala
Lumpur and the musicians in the band included Fauzi Marzuki,
Nasser Abu Kassim, Francis Danker and Radha Krishnan.
The band eventually split up but Royston remained at the Merlin
Hotel for a further five years performing with different groups
and playing everything from jazz to country music while also
accompanying many international floor-show artists.
It was at the Merlin Hotel that Royston met the young and talented
vocalist Francissca Peter and from the outset they decided to team
up and become the “Sta Maria & Fran” duo.
One evening, while they were performing in the hotel lounge, a
Malaysian music producer happened to drop by for supper and, after
hearing them sing, offered to sign Royston and Fran on a recording
contract with EMI Records.
And so began a successful recording career with the release of
their debut album "Siapa Dia Sebelum Daku" during the eighties
followed closely by a second album titled "Bersama Pertemuan Ini".
It was after the success of this second album that Fran decided to
go her own way to pursue a solo career and this decision
encouraged Royston to develop his song writing skills and record
his own solo albums, the first titled “Berakhir Kemarau Nan
Panjang", followed by "Perkenalan Pertama".
Eventually Royston moved to Perth to be with his family and has
since been a popular and regular performer in all the West
Australian city’s leading five star venues including the VIP
Lounge at the Crown Hotel & Casino and the world renowned
Vines Resort & Country Club.
Royston also enjoyed many years performing four nights a week at
Perth's iconic Miss Mauds Hotel & Restaurant.
Recently he was invited to make a guest appearance at a gala
concert by Francissca Peter celebrating her illustrious thirty
three years in the music industry in which time she has achieved
no less than 20 number one hit songs and been elected Best Female
Vocalist in five successive years.
The concert, held at the Istana Budaya (Palace of Culture) which
is Malaysia’s main venue for musical and theatre events located in
the very heart of Kuala Lumpur, has since inspired Royston to plan
for a future recording with Fran in which they again perform all
of their classic Malaysian hits.
Along the years Royston has written numerous compositions which
have been successfully placed in various music contests such as
the Asean Song Festival and the World Peace Song Festival.
A second placing in the Asean Song Festival for the song “Mulanya
Di Sini” performed by the band Freedom was subsequently adopted by
Malaysia Airlines as their jingle and promotional theme song.
And lately McDonalds Malaysia launched a new advertising campaign
featuring a song composed by Royston some thirty years ago!