Indianapolis native Roger Schmelzer brings a crisp, fresh sound to neglected pop classics and underperformed cabaret gems. His debut CD, "About Now" was described by WFYI-FM as "Chock-full of the sorts of clever lyrics and lush arrangements that characterize songs for intimate settings from the last century to today." "About Now" has received airplay throughout the United States as well as on radio stations in Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Roger has headlined, appeared in, written and directed several musical revues and cabaret shows. For his Chicago debut in the Cabaret Room at Davenport’s, Roger wrote "HeartSongs: a Playfully Romantic Cabaret," based on songs from his CD. Consulting on the project was 2007 Manhattan Association of Cabaret & Club Best Female Artist Lina Koutrakos. In 2009, he performed a revised version of the show before a sold out room at The Cabaret @ The Columbia Club in Indianapolis. Currently, Roger is a featured vocalist at Indianapolis supper club Chef Joseph's at The Connoisseur Room where he has expanded his repertoire to include jazz and more recent American pop tunes.
Roger has studied cabaret performance at the St. Louis Cabaret Conference with Marilyn Maye, John Bucchino, Jason Graae, Billy Stritch, Alex Rybeck, John D. Randall and Tim Schall.
As a stage performer, Roger has numerous musical theater roles to his credit and co-starred in the motion picture "587: The Great Train Robbery." He has also been a television commercial spokesperson and done industrial films.
Roger is a supporter of the Michael Feinstein Foundation for the Great American Songbook based in Carmel, Indiana and serves as an officer on the Board of Directors for The Cabaret @ The Columbia Club. He is also a member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Married to Indianapolis actor Cindy Phillips, they have three grown children.
Reviews for Roger Schmelzer
“Roger Schmelzer connects with his audience, as he weaves his personal story and passion into unique musical selections and dialogue that strike a common chord with each and every listener. His program provides a touching and delightful musical evening.” Nancy Hays, recording artist and President of Nancy Hays Entertainment
"As always, Roger conveyed a genuine and knowledgeable appreciation for the journey of the songs and their composers...With his own distinctly smooth and relaxed style, Roger channels the suave and mellow side of Goulet..." Indiana Auditions.com
“Affable and engaging, Schmelzer shared his own experiences between each song, making his performance all the more personal and intimate... the sincerity of his delivery and song choices reflect a personality marked by warmth and an empathetic attitude.” TOM ALVAREZ, The Indianapolis Examiner
“The audience enjoyed his laid-back style and self-effacing jokes as Schmelzer took us through time.” ELIZABETH J. MUSGRAVE, GottaGo
“Roger has a way of getting behind each song and offering it with authenticity and flair.” E-Review posted to IBJ.com
“The strength of "About Now" is the singer's overall likability factor and unpretentious way." ROB LESTER, Talkin’ Broadway