Rogiérs | Life & Music: All of It.

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Life & Music: All of It.

by Rogiérs

Indisputably not your typical “R&B-Soul”, “Hip-Hop-R&B”, “Indie-Soul” or even “Neo-Soul” album, singer-songwriter-producer and label head, Rogiérs (pronounced Ro-ghe-ay) carefully works to dissuade tempting inclinations to stamp and categorize.
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1. Opening Explanation
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2. Life & Music (Feat. Big Tone)
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3. Feel It Now
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4. Whatever I Gotta Do
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5. Hollywood Story (Feat. Bilal)
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6. Fa Sho
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7. Come When You Call
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8. Dust (Interlude I)
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9. We Must Be
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10. Come Into My World
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11. You'll Live
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12. My Gift
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13. Home (Feat. Joseph Webb)
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14. Dust (Interlude Ii)
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15. The Walls
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16. Explanation (Reprise)
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17. My Gift (Applejac Remix)
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18. Please Believe Me
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19. Hollywood Story (Original Version)
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Five years after his two year stint being the keyboardist-organist-background singer to multi-platinum Grammy© winner Alicia Keys and a third botched recording deal, Rogiérs (pronounced Ro-ghe-ay) finally stands at the segue of ‘indie-artist with unyielding buzz’ and ‘certified breakthrough’ in R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop. A point that he always imagined but simultaneously disbelieves. “I’ve pursued this for so long that there’ve been moments when I forgot why I was doing it, and even more-that I actually could do it”, says the singer/songwriter/producer and label head.

For Rogiérs, observing the landscape of popular music during the last few years has brought both incredible hopes yet despair-not just as an artist but for the entire field. There was hope that the promise of his “sexy-soul” voice, “expressive” playing, “deliberate” lyrical viewpoints and yes, good looks-could be a revitalizing ingredient which the industry and so many listeners seemed to long for. But it also brought despair that maybe these values had been overstated. “I haven’t been ‘excited’ about a new artist in years…I can think of three or four artists in the last five years that I’ve actually been ‘excited’ about; two out of four either never came out or sold less than 250,000 records,” says Rogiérs of the genre’s monotonous trend. It’s a trend that has sedated music lovers and yielded many acts to obscurity after months of costly marketing campaigns.

It was these internal conflicts that conceived Rogiérs’ lead single “Life & Music feat. Big Tone” (produced by Dré Bowman, Rogiérs and Big Tone). Since its initial release, the single’s gained airplay stateside, Europe and abroad- most notably in the UK’s top R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop radio formats over a 6 month period. Born of an insightful conversation with close friend and EMI writer, Makeba (who penned hit singles for Beyoncé, Rhianna, J-Lo and B2K respectively), “Life & Music” explores the very real convictions of a do or die passion and an anxious desire to enjoy life’s necessities and simple pleasures.

Ironically the very convictions that created the debut “Life & Music: All of It.” soon became Rogiérs’s motivation to stay on track with his music and continue recording. “I always tell people who listen to the song for the first time that I’m ‘over’ making the decision [to choose] but it was a real question I had to ask myself”, he says. Don’t compare Rogiérs to R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop’s mainstays- there is room for “success and diversity” in the category, he says smiling. With his laundry list of worldwide performance credits both singing and playing, a hot new album and personal endorsements spanning from award-winning artists like Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan, Wil-i-Am (Black Eyed Peas) to Bilal, Dwele, and Wajeed (Bling47) for starters, it’s a good thing Rogiérs chose music.

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"A sexy classic vibe!-LOVE it!”
-Makeba, Grammy Nominated Hit Singer-Songwriter (EMI) on "Fa Sho

“Life & Music is a true testament to the everyday battles we face concerning your passion for music and the stress
of the music biz. Very insightful and entertaining..."
-Makeba, Grammy Nominated Hit Singer-Songwriter (EMI) on "Life & Music"

"Stealing a line from "Life or Music", Rogiérs' brand of soul music is definitely the real thing-not more of the same."
-Bling47 Group, LLC (www.bling47.com)

"This is some great stuff man-What we all need!"
-Barry King, DJ/Starpoint Radio

"Excellent work!"
-Norman Mayers, NuSoul Magazne (www.Nu-Soulmag.com)


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SaveOurSoul

You will like Life & Music: All Of It "Fa Sho"
Get ready for "Life & Music: All Of It" the full-length album from Rogiérs. It contains sixteen tracks and three bonus tracks, including a remix of "My Gift" and the orignal version of "Hollywood Story". In his explanation on the album we find out that the song is Rogiérs' life and that his life is his music.
Rogiérs has written all the tracks on the album and he also has done the arrangements and all vocals. On the hiphop rhythm of the title track Rogiérs is supported by rapper Big Tone. Other guests on the album are Bilal on the smooth R&B track "Hollywood Story" and Joseph Webb on the synthesizer track "Home".

The music of Rogiérs sounds fresh to the ear. In a world where so many songs sounds like a copy of eachother it feels good to hear a fresh approach to the music. The electronic sound of the "Keys" in the music is a sweet and subtle element but also the turn that the music takes in a song like" Come Into My World" is refreshing. An excellent ballad on the album is the piano song "You'll Live", it is very inspiring. On of your favourite R&B song might be the smooth love song "Come When You Call".

The dark groove in "Hollywood Story" featuring Bilal is awesome. Although Rogiérs brings us fresh music you might discover a little Al Jarreau feel in the funky track "We Must Be". The sweetest dance track is "Please Believe Me". You will like Life & Music: All Of It "Fa Sho"(TA)

Gary Fantie

Unbelievably Good!!
I had Rogiers from about two years ago and I thought it was a promising Start. But I am completely taken aback by his full length Album. It is nothing short of spectacular, what is so great about it, is the variety and breadth of Styles on the Album, he swings from soul,neo-soul to soulful house music,I can sum up the Album as a must have Album for anyones collection if they are a serious follower of Soul music, this is how it is done.Buy,Buy,Buy. This is talent!!!Tracks on constant repeat, whatever i gotta do,hollywood story and please believe me.He's definately someone I'm looking forward too when it comes to Album nos 2!! Can't wait.

migs

'what a ting'
i've had this album around 2mths now, and its all good, we here in LONDON are sitting on this one, a must for so called DJs, some big tunes on it.