“The Kevin Bacon of R&B/Soul”
–L.Michael Gipson, Music Editor & Columnist(Creative Loafing/Soultracks/ BET/Centric)
Much can be said about Rogiérs (pronounced Ro-ghe-ay): the longtime singer-songwriter-producer first introduced to audiences on Platinum Pied Pipers’ hit single “50 Ways to leave your lover” (Triple P, Ubiquity Records-2005). Some recall his critically acclaimed debut Life & Music: All of It. (FMG, 2008) rendering its creative promise of “sweet desire” (Okayplayer) with the singles “Feel It Now”, “Hollywood Story,” and tracks by award winning co-producers Dré Bowman, Robert Glasper and the enigmatic Bilal. But since then Rogiérs has kept a consistent release schedule of new music, collaborations and headliner international dates like the Sala Apolo, VoWeek Jazz Festival, SoFar (Barcelona) and albums with jazz-fusion group Jesse Fisher & Soul Cycle, performances and tours/television with Grammy nominated Soul artist N’Dambi (Stax Records). Many have supported his extensive work with Opolopo and Andy Compton (UK, South Africa)-collabs which international house heads elevated to multiple Top 10 DJ charts on Traxsource and worldwide radio. But for the “day ones” Rogiérs’ time with global superstar Alicia Keys as her original keyboardist, organist and background singer during the “Songs in A Minor” era is still the most indelible memory. Whatever comes to mind, Rogiérs’ musical portrait has nevertheless established him as a premier voice within the music industry for over 20 years and within the upper echelon of independent artists in R&B, Electro-Afrobeat House Music, Jazz and Soul music.
A musician practically his entire life, Rogiérs began studying classical piano by age five and played his first recital at six in St. Croix, USVI where he was born. Training classically for years he later grew an interest in jazz, contemporary styles and singing as a teenager in the US where he later emigrated with his family. Passion, discipline and strict guidance from his parents (themselves invested in education and the arts) all propelled a young Rogiérs way beyond his early recital days in St. Croix. Rogiérs studied with legendary Jazz-master Ellis Marsalis, was a special guest with the award-winning Eastern High School Choir (DC), accepted into the Duke Ellington School of Music for piano, received a scholarship from the American Guild of Organists and by the end of high-school earned a scholarship to study voice at Berklee College of Music (Boston). There he studied voice and performance with Broadway legend and Tony-award winner Vivian Reed, launched a solo career and earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Business & Management.
Commencing in Boston he relocated to Brooklyn, NYC in 2000 to advance his career and worked a songwriter-session singer for Hip-Hop and R&B producers under Sean “PDiddy” Combs, Tommy Mattola, Will.I.AM and others. Rogiérs signed two production deals and was “shopped” to majors before ultimately breaking free as an independent artist-never looking back. In 2003 he established Fibby Music Group, LLC, an indie label and management group which to date has produced and distributed six albums, licensed over a dozen singles internationally (Tokyo Dawn Records, Irma Records, Stilnovo Records, Peng Records, etc.) and consulted and advised indie artists for artist development, contracts and touring. With Rogiérs as the flagship artist, FMG has managed over 35 separate collaborations in the marketplace and developed a unique brand transcending genres with releases in Pop music, R&B, Jazz, Electronic/Deep House, Latin Jazz, and Soul music around the world.