I was busy closing and moving on a new home in September. I am thrilled to finally have a house for our chickens, dogs and cats. We have a mini-zoo but we love it! This month my friend Boy Epic will follow me to my home town to help me film "All We have is Today" a song I wrote for my mom after she passed. My friend Dana Riddle and her son, Jackson will play the role of my mom and me as a kid. We will visit the church I grew up singing in and other childhood haunts. Also, Jedidiah Breeze is putting the final touches on our song "Don't Give Up on Love". We are hoping to film a crazy fun video for that song also. Be sure to tune into Ava Radio as my music is spotlighted for a live interview Wednesday 10/21 at 8:40pm Eastern US Episode #267 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2015/10/22/episode-267-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax So as you can see October is not so chill, but I would never have it any other way. I hope you can tune into the radio interview and love the new music/videos!
I took a hiatus in August to focus on some great personal developments. Never fear though, there IS new music coming your way with amazing collaborations by Jedidiah Breeze, Cut Down Trees and Joe Angel Mojica....a little R&B, a little EDM, some renewal from love lost, some hope, not giving up on love.....You will hear it very #Soon!
I drive down to Austin to cut a new song about Equality with Jedidiah Breeze I penned called "Don't Give Up on Love". His amazing stylings in conjunction with my sound are a unique combination. We look forward to future collaborations. This Independence day gives me pause to be grateful for all the freedoms we have. I hope your weekend was filled with fun memories that last from the freedoms we get to enjoy.
June has brought a deluge of rain and I am writing a new song working in collaboration with my buddy Chris called "Let It Rain". The song will be very EDM and a New Order Inspired sound. Jedidiah Breeze and our remix of Let's Run Away Forever is getting air play and will soon have a color video to boot. In the coming weeks I will go down to Austin to lay down tracks for a new equality song we are writing together. I appreciate all my fan support and can't wait to share more with you.
May is a flurry of activity. Jay and team release their latest music video, "You and Me" on Friday 5/15. Jay owes special thanks to his producer, Cut Down Trees and Video Director Boy Epic. This song was reimagined. The original version was more Rock leaning. Jay's idea to make it more EDM/POP proved to be a winning combination. This new sound will set the tone for subsequent songs on any forthcoming album. This song helped Jay find his sound after much experimentation on other songs. Also Boy Epic's cinematography artfully encompassed Jay's story board and researched films. Jay painstakingly found pubic domain films and newsreel footage then acquired the footage and organized it in an easy way to assemble throughout the storyboard. Boy Epic's amazing editing and effects pulled the vision together. Symbolically this is the first video in the new series in color, signifying the new life/love in the music. The song is his dedication to that perfect love, a love Jay once thought unattainable after his last love left him. Jay learned, if you turn that anguish around and focus on improving yourself, that true love will come. So don't ever give up! The video features cameos in archival footage of Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Wallace Simpson, Edward VIII, public domain films of Cleopatra featuring silent movie star Helen Gardner, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Superman and also footage of amazing human accomplishments such as the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, traversing the Amazon, reaching the summit of Mt. Everest and more. The video is a cornucopia of visual romantic historical references and stimuli showing that love conquers all. Jay publicly reveals who his love is proudly. Also this month, Jay and team return to live performances with their first performance on 5/24 at Unity in Fort Worth at 11am complete with full band. Christ Rodriguez aka C-Rod adds sultry flair with her female vocals. This is an event not to miss as Jay and Christi sing their song "Resolute" live. We hope to see you there.
After a lifetime vision and three years of hard work, sweat, tears, dedication and a heavy cost the culmination of Jay's efforts is upon us. The debut album for Jay Roecker and Members Only releases April 24th, 2015 on Jay's birthday. Labor of Love, the aptly titled album features 14 tracks with a great storytelling arc. The tone of the album is uplifting pop rock with influences of EDM. His baritone to tenor timbre will move you, from tears of joy, sorrow and even to dancing.
The music video 'Sunday Funday' has been creating quite the buzz on youtube with the artist cameos and radio airplay. On the heels of that successful effort band mates Christi Rodriguez AKA C-Rod who sang backing vocals on the next release shot the next single and video "Let's Run Away Forever" which debuts when the album "Labor of Love' drops 4/24. The video was directed by good friend Boy Epic. Christi and Jay will be performing their song 'Resolute' in a few weeks in Ft. Worth, Texas with a string quartet. Stay tuned for details. Jay's team just received all 14 tracks back from mastering at Telegraph Recording by Sound Engineer, Mike Kalajian. The album sounds tight and we can't wait for you to hear it.
Jay and team have had a lot going on. They released the debut single Sunday Funday complete with a video directed by Boy Epic including cameos by Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October, Lindsey Stirling, Rachel Reilly of CBS Big Brother/Survivor, Krystal Summers, Luke Wade from NBC’s The Voice, Comedian Dixie Longate, Katy Tiz, Hilary Shepard – Divatox from Power Rangers Turbo and Boy Epic. Song is availble on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and everywhere. Also it was the first song to premier on broadcast radio waves as Courtney Kerr and Leigh Ann Adam spotlighted the track in their live local feature due to their cameo appearances in the video: http://kvil.cbslocal.com/2015/02/20/sundayfunday-local-artist-jay-roeckers-new-song/ The culmination of Jay's life work, his album Labor Of Love is set to drop 4/24.
January has been complete with many happenings. Jay's Tokyo Travel Article on GoKokoTravel went live under city secrets at http://gokokotravel.com/blog/itemlist/category/12-finance. Also Jay's cover of Ingrid Michaelson's 'Afterlife' soared to well over 1,000 views on youtube in a few weeks at www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGg23F4Je5s. Lastly, Jay added the final touches to the first single off the debut album, 'Labor of Love'. The kick off track "Sunday Funday" will surely be a crowd pleaser. Next up shooting the music video, sending album to mastering and building our promotional campaign. Thank YOU for taking the journey with us and the 5,000 other new twitter followers added this month https://twitter.com/jayroecker !
http://youtu.be/yGg23F4Je5s is our new Ingid Michaelson cover song and video for sale this weekend on iTunes, Google Play and Everywhere. Jay had a great time collaborating with Cut Down Trees and Boy Epic on this his first cover. Jay's mother passed from breast cancer March 4th, 2003. That experience shook him to the core and forever changed his perspective on life. Ingrid's song inspired him as we must live for today tackling our fears because this moment could be your last. Cutdown trees and Jay are working on a remix of the "You and Me" track. This track will lead the release of the 13 track album "Labor of Love' out this Winter 2015. Once complete all songs go to mastering then release! In the meantime, Jay will be visiting family in Japan for the holidays. We wish you and yours a happy holiday and much success in 2015!