Roch grew up in Saint Basile, New Bruswick, Canada, with a younger brother, Marc and a younger sister, Janice. Both his parents were English teachers so Roch grew up bilingual with French and English. After his parents divorce he spent a lot of time with this paternal grandparents. Roch wanted to be a professional hockey player, but an injury during a baseball game forced him to choose another career. Roch studied physiology at Ottawa University with intentions of becoming a medical doctor. He graduated in 1985. However, music was his calling. His tried for years to get a hit, but it wasn't until his friend suggested he sing in French and his appearance on French-Canadian TV did his musical career take off. In 1989, "Helene" (pronounced Helen) was released and it took the French speaking world and several European countries by storm. In 1990 he released an English version of "Helen" which made him a star to the rest of Canada. In December 2002 Roch married the beautiful Myriam St.-Jean of Quebec after just a seven-month courtship. On 25 June 2004 they welcomed their first son, Killian, into the world. Their second son, Alix-Élouan, arrived on 9 January 2006. Sadly, Myriam and Roch's separation was announced on 17 October 2007.