“The Kevin Bacon of R&B/Soul”

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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 Dre 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 Swedish producer Opolopo and Andy Compton (The Rurals, UK)-collabs which international house heads elevated to multiple Top 10 DJ charts on Traxsource and worldwide radio. But for the “day ones,” Rogiérs’ time spent behind 15x Grammy winner Alicia Keys as her original organist and former background singer during the “Songs in A Minor" album is still their most indelible memory. Whatever comes to mind, Rogiérs’ musical portrait has nevertheless established him as a premier voice in the music industry for over 25 years and within the upper echelon of independent artists in R&B, Electro-Afrobeat House Music, Jazz and Soul music genres. With 4 studio albums, 2 live albums, 4 EP's and nearly 60 internationally released singles and collaborations to-date, he is Rogiérs.

 

Background.
A musician practically his entire life, Rogi
érs began studying classical piano by age five and played his first recital at six in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 🇻🇮 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, and launched a solo career in the music industry.

Beginning in Boston he relocated to Brooklyn, NYC in 2000 to advance his career and worked as 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 40 individual 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.

Rogiérs is an Artist Fellow with the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and still tours and records regularly. As an activist, he has lobbied the US Congress to advance the Do No Harm Act (HB 1450, S593), been a local and national leader in the Black Freethought movement, marched in step with grassroots organizations, appeared on high profile panel discussions covering intersectional dynamics of Black History, LGBTQ rights, Secular Humanism, interfaith alliances, social justice issues and contributed articles for major online and print publications. As a music educator, he is known affectionately by his students as "Mr. Ro" and has served in the Voice & Piano department at the Richardson School of Music since 2014; also instructing its Youth Pop Band in which he specializes in teaching Jazz, Latin-Jazz, Pop, Soul repertoire and the recording arts. Rogiérs holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Business & Management from Berklee College of Music and a Masters in Global Entertainment & Music Business from Berklee Valencia, Spain.