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Life And Music: All Of It

Four years after his two year stint being the keyboardist-organist-background singer to nine-time Grammy© winner Alicia Keys added to a third failed recording deal, Rogiérs finally stands at the segue of ..indie-artist with unyielding buzz.. and ..certified breakthrough.. in R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop. A point that he always imagined but simultaneously disbelieves.

I've pursued this for so long that there have been moments when I forgot why I was doing it, and even more-that I actually could do it, says the singer/songwriter/producer. For Rogiérs, observing the landscape of popular music during the last few years has brought both incredible hopes yet despair-not just as an artist but for the entire field. There was hope that the promise of his sexy-soul voice, expressive playing, deliberate lyrical viewpoints and yes, good looks-could be a revitalizing ingredient which the industry and so many listeners seemed to long for. But it also brought despair that maybe these values had been overstated. I haven't been excited about a new artist in years. I can think of three or four artists in the last five years that I've actually been excited about; two out of four either never came out or sold less than 250,000 records,says Rogiérs of the genre's monotonous trend. It's a trend that has sedated music lovers and yielded many acts to obscurity after months of costly marketing campaigns. It was these internal conflicts that conceived Rogiérs lead single Life & Music.. (produced by Dré Bowman and Rogiérs). Since its release in June 2006, the single has gained airplay stateside and in Europe- most notably in the UK's top R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop formats.

RogiérsBorn of an insightful conversation with close friend and EMI writer, Makeba Riddick (who penned hit singles for Beyoncé, Rhianna, J-Lo and B2K respectively), Life & Music explores the very real convictions of a do or die passion and an anxious desire to enjoy life's necessities and simple pleasures. Ironically the very convictions that created Life & Music soon became Rogiérs motivation to stay on track with his music and continue recording. I always tell people who listen to the song for the first time that I'm over making the decision [to choose] but it was a real question I had to ask myself, he says. Don't compare Rogiérs to R&B/Soul's reigning phenoms- there is room for successful diversity in the category, he says smiling. With his laundry list of worldwide performance credits both singing and playing, a distinguished formal musical education and personal endorsements spanning from award-winning artists like Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan, Wil-i-Am (Black Eyed Peas) to Bilal, Dwele, and Wajeed (Bling47) for starters, it's a good thing Rogiérs chose music.

Life & Music: All Of It
Rogiérs - Life & Music: All Of It

01 Opening Explanation
02 Life & Music featuring Big Tone
03 Feel It Now
04 Whatever I Gotta Do
05 Hollywood Story featuring Bilal
06 Fa Sho
07 Come When You Call
08 Dust (Interlude I)
09 We Must Be
10 Come Into My World
11 You'll Live
12 My Gift
13 Home featuring Joseph Webb
14 Dust (Interlude II)
15 The Walls
16 Explanation (Reprise)
17 My Gift (Applejac Remix)
18 Please Believe Me
19 Hollywood Story (Original Version)

Rogiérs CD Sampler
Rogiérs - Rogiérs CD Sampler

1. Feel It Now
2. Don't Wanna
3. The Walls
4. Far Away
5. My Gift
6. Lady In My Life

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