The song titles flashing in the above displayed banner are just a few that this artist has penned during his music career. His latest accomplishment involves his most popular self penned composition "My Jamaica", which caught the attention of Jamaican government officials in early 2013. Several licences was issued for permission to use the artists' work for the upcoming rally of Jamaica Diaspora '13, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. His three and a half octave tenor/baritone voice has been heard in Dance clubs around the globe, radio, jingles and station IDs. Ladies and gentlemen, meet singer-songwriter, performer, actor and entrepreneur…Jimmy ROLAND!
Asof May '13, Jimmy Roland has been writing new lyrics and making preps for a new release soon with Italian producer and teammate, Dr. Kmer. Additionally, he is working hard on wrapping up his autobiography which has the working title, "The Runaway". One of Roland's goals for sharing his story, he says; is to share and shed light on reasons why some people are very persistant with reaching their goals. What has driven him. The hell that he went through as a child in terms of ridicule, rejection and abandonment. How he was given a second chance at life and the things that he saw as he was taking his last breath of life in 1996. Yes, "The Runaway", will hopefully be a book that will change the way some young parents treat their young children who appear to be unique/different. Not unlike the lyrics to his song "Got To Be Real", another of Roland's goals is to help the world understand that it simply isn't cool to go around judging others. Roland says, "Unless you've walked in my shoes, keep your fingers pointed at yourself"!
Influenced by artists such as Dionne Warwick, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Peabo Bryson and Bobby Caldwell; each of these artists (at times) makes an appearance via his vocal deliveries. Yet, he has a sound and style that is all his own. He began his professional career as a demo vocalist around Los Angeles, recording everything from Rock to Pop, for various songwriters and producers. These sessions led to the signing of Jimmy Roland’s first indie record deal with SGP Records in Hollywood. Although he worked on an entire album, only a single ‘Just For A While’ was released, prior to the label closing its door. Another indie label came calling. Headquartered in Toronto-Ontario, Canada. Roland signed and released the Cd ‘Under The Moonlight’ and two music videos for the label. Roland’s affiliation with these two smaller labels caught the attention of two major labels Motown and Sony (Japan), but contracts were never signed.
Jimmy Roland soon realized that doing what he enjoyed was most important. He started his own companies JyRO Entertainment and Jackie’s Music Publishing. He then began collaborating with various music producers worldwide and releasing the sounds himself. The most notable collaboration was with Dr. Kmer; (an Italy based producer). Their 2009 collaboration of the Dance hit “Got To Be Real” received heavy rotation on the MTV-LOGO network. In 2007, another of Roland’s Dance works “Guaranteed”, hit #1 on a Sirius Satellite Radio station. “My House” is a collaboration of Roland’s and Japanese producer Hakuei Kameda (aka DJ Hakuei), who is based in the UK. In 2010, House climbed high on US Dance/DJ/Club charts.
Recently, Jimmy Roland was also notified of his nominee status as Best Electronic/Dance Artist ’12 by a popular music awards organization. He is focusing on furthering his acting and strengthening those skills. Jimmy Roland recently appeared on an episode of the new Byron Allen law/reality courtroom show “Justice For All with Judge Cristina Perez” (syndicated). The episode titled Mardi Gras Mishap, where Roland plays the part of a New Orleans landlord named Lloyd Fontaine, aired 10/22 & 12/31/12.
Says Roland: ‘although many of my dreams have been realized, there are still plenty that have not. The highlight of my career happened on January 13, 2012. That was the day that I personally met my idol, my mentor, Ms. Dionne Warwick. It was as if she was an angel with a miracle touch. I feel like I can now carry on…another two decades and beyond!”