A life-long resident of New Jersey, Roger Gardella has been a writer, composer and performer of "wooden music" for over 40 years. A self-taught musician, he began playing his own brand of acoustic folk/rock to live audiences at the early age of 16 at the Middletown Folk Festival and as a member of "New Morning", his first working band. During his college years at West Virginia University, Roger developed his solo act by performing at campus towns throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. Through his extensive travels, Roger collaborated with scores of other singer/songwriters from all parts of the country, taking from those experiences the various forms, sounds and techniques that have evolved into what is his style today. As comfortable on stage as he is in his own living room, Roger has performed in such well known venues as the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Under Acme and Coyote Kate's in NY City, and along the Jersey shore at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, Tradewinds, the Historic Count Basie Theater in Red Bank and NJPAC in Newark to name a few. His music has been described by his critics as "passionate & courageous". Roger's stage presence clearly demonstrates that he is not afraid to express his feelings in his music.
Roger is an ASCAP member and is currently represented by Westwood Music Group in the Songwriter and Artist categories for Film & TV Music placement. These days, Roger can be seen at a myriad of music venues throughout the tri-State area. His first full length CD, "Thanksgiving Day", was released in 2009.