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Meet Roger Songbird

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roger Songbird.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Roger. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story began in a small town outside of Nashville. Mount Juliet, Tennessee. My love for music spawned when I was very young, from the people I looked up to and wanted to be close with. My Father has always been a lover of rap music and all things 2Pac and My uncle and his friends were always listening to rock bands like The Strokes and Kings of Leon, Etc… So I developed a pretty eclectic taste in music early on. Also growing up in the age of pirating music, I would spend hours and hours just deep-diving through Frostwire, Napster and Myspace music to find new music to show my friends. Anyways, I started writing poetry and raps with a friend of mine Sharahd (known then as iceman) in the second grade, and I would go home and listen to the radio and write down DMX songs (specifically Ain’t no Sunshine) in my notebook. I think partially because it gave me a sense of relatability to my dad who wasn’t really around a lot and because music was a way for me to escape a lot of the troubles I felt in my youth. I had no idea then, but these were the beginning moments of what would grow to be my passion.

In middle school, I began writing raps a lot more frequently. I would write raps in class and share them with my friends. I would record freestyle over different beats that I would find online. I heard Eminem used to study the dictionary so I started studying the dictionary myself, I also was heavily influenced by the king of my generation which was Lil Wayne, he inspired a lot of my early writing which I later developed into my own storytelling and kept doing it ever since. I decided to take it more seriously when I moved to LA, not much was thought through, but I had high ambitions and went for it anyway without having a place to stay and my old Sebring to drive me the way. I was fascinated by LA’s culture and dove into acting almost immediately. After two years of self-discovery I went back into music full force. I taught myself guitar, producing and engineering, which were hard as hell in the beginning. My creativity has always given me a lead in my expressionism therefore a lot of my music today isn’t confined to one sound or mainstream media, it’s guided more by feeling, impulse, and eclectic soundscapes. I’m not afraid to allow my art to spill into different genres or create my own when they feel too limiting, that’s what sets me apart.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
At certain times there were things that felt impossible to overcome, but looking back at it now, it’s always smoothed itself out. And these obstacles were more likely than not the catalyst to my growth as an artist. There was a lot of struggle in the beginning with learning everything I needed so that I didn’t have to rely on anyone. More recently there’s been a lot of personal issues I’ve had to deal with like near death experiences with a couple of my closest family members. Christmas 2018 my dad was diagnosed with stage 5 lymphoma and later that year had to get a Quadruple bypass on his heart. I was back and forth between Nashville and LA about every month it was extremely difficult for me emotionally and mentally, I was left feeling helpless and drained. Things have definitely turned around for the better, as they always do. The other obvious struggles are the ones that everyone faces. Maintaining faith in your craft and process, higher power and purpose. It’s a rollercoaster, sometimes its a slow climb and other times you feel like you’ve lost all control, but at the end of the day it’s what I love and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I’m Roger Songbird. I make things, mainly music and film-related, to express different facets of who I am. I’m known for the eclectic nature of my sounds and my willingness to be fluid in my expression. I’m not an artist that strives to please everyday sound pallets. I’m an artist that invites listeners to engage or experience what pop culture tends to deviate from. Much like Voyage, Diversity is highly important in everything that I do. I’m proud of my willingness to change my artistry with any given moment in order to express what I feel in my heart. I’m proud to embrace the diversity within myself in hopes of speaking to the diversity of the world around me. I think the courage to not be bound by who I was yesterday and to become new everyday in order to create entirely in the moment of what I’m experiencing and feeling is what sets me apart from others. You can hear elements of this in my latest Album Jean Blue. Available on any streaming platform.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Staying true to myself, whilst remaining relatable. Being collaborative and open-minded. Challenging myself to grow as a performer, instrumentalist and songwriter.

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