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A passion project formed by Jay Roecker, working in collaboration with Christi Rodriguez, Cut Down Trees and Remington Rafael. Members Only formed in January 2012. It began as an 80’s cover band but quickly morphed into a band of original music. The name comes from the widely popular jackets worn in the 1980s. It is also a tongue in cheek reference to the exclusivity of the band. The band is a collaboration of multiple artists. Jay maintains the project working in collaboration with Remington Rafael, Cut Down Trees, and Christi Rodriguez. The aim is to build the music with creativity and passion being the driving force behind the records. For the first album, all songs were written by Jay Roecker and Corey McCurry with the exception of Afterlife the one cover song written by Ingrid Michaelson and her team.
On the initial album Jay collaborated with Corey McCurry, a mutli-talented composer to create the music. Corey was born in 1989 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and now plays in churches in Greenville, Texas. The second forthcoming album will be a collaboration between Remington, Christi, Cut Down Trees and other artists. All the music is produced by Remington Rafael, Cut DownTrees and co-produced by Jay Roecker.
Christi Rodriguez hails from Fort Worth, Texas She puts the funk in funky town with her soulful vocals and guitar. Christi sings in a few local chorus groups. Her addition to the team added some much needed spice and female appeal.
Jay Roecker was born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. One of four army siblings, he grew up in Fort Worth Texas where he spent his youth singing in church choirs, competitions and numerous musicals. After graduating from UNT in Denton, Texas, Jay pursued a career as National Manager of Artist Partnerships for the Radio Disney Network, a part of the Walt Disney Company. In this role he coordinated numerous successful concert tours nationwide, developed new talent via Radio Disney’s Incubator (Now Called NBT- Next Big Thing) and acted as artist/label liaison for the network and stations. Some artists Jay promoted included Hilary Duff, The Jonas Brothers, Jesse McCartney and Miley Cyrus.
Jay always had a vision to create his own band writing his own music. Members Only allows Jay the vehicle to use his skills in artist development to spotlight new talent and fulfill his dream to create and promote his own music. Members Only was formed as a synergistic band of catchy pop tunes with new fresh lyrics and music. The writings are musing from life experience driven to speak to the commonality in all of us.
Jay Roecker formed Roecker Records to distribute the new tracks. The first single, “Bucket Full of Crazy” was released in February, 2013, followed by "You and Me" in June and "Thoughts of You" in July. Most songs for the debut album were recorded at Septien Entertainment Group, proving ground for such artists as Jessica Simpson, Ryan Cabrera, Nick Lachey, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. The latest releases including "Afterlife" released in December, 2014 are a collaboration effort with production from Cutdown Trees and Video Direction by Boy Epic. "Afterlife" is the first cover recorded by Roecker and Members Only. Jay lost his mother to breast cancer in March of 2003. After hearing Ingrid's song, he felt inspired to record a version of the track. His perspective on life took a drastic shift upon his mother's loss. The idea that we must live for today and that we are the "Afterlife" spoke volumes to Jay. In fact, his song 'All We Have is Today' speaks of this very lesson and his loss of his mother. The next single "Sunday Funday" released in February, 2015. The video for the single includes cameos by Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October, Lindsey Stirling, Rachel Reilly of CBS' Big Brother/Survivor, Krystal Summers, Courtney Kerr from Bravo's Courtney loves Dallas, DJ Leigh Ann Adam, Luke Wade from NBC's The Voice, Comedian Dixie Longate, Katy Tiz, Hilary Shepard - Divatox from Power Rangers Turbo and Boy Epic. The single/video for "Let's Run Away Forever" released on 3/19/15 featuring Christi Rodriguez. Boy Epic, Director of the videos has gained notoriety in his huge YouTube presence as an Independent Artist with much more to come. The debut album "Labor of Love" releases 4/24/2015 with 14 tracks, a true culmination of Jay's life work. After all this what has Jay learned? "The Greatest Solace is Knowing the Dream Was Ventured.", states Jay. The group is constantly recording and working on new videos. Stay tuned for more at jayroecker.com and membersonlymusic.com!