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KKFI The Tenth Voice 90.1 FM Interview

9 April 2010

Just wanted to send out a quick message to anyone with an internet connection or in the Kansas City, Mo. area tomorrow – KKFI 90.1 FM will be featuring a fun interview on The Tenth Voice that covers a lot of topics including some behind the music info on what’s been going on lately.  Check it out if you have the time!

Details: [the “listen live” link is at the top left of screen] or 90.1 FM at 12:25 PM MDT / 1:25 CDT / 2:25 Eastern]


Singing with the band

6 April 2009

mccThis Sunday will be a musical first for me – at Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies, there will be Easter services at 8:30 am, 10:00 am, and 11:30 am. The theme of the event this year is “Rise Above” and they’ve invited me to sing.

What’s special about this performance (beyond the fact that this is a new venue), is that I have the privilege of performing with their live band, Back Pew. We met up a month ago to rehearse and they picked up the song immediately – they are very talented and the song sounds amazing! It’s also great to work with the fun energy they have and to make the song spontaneous and new.

The MCC Easter services are very popular and open to the public, so they’ve added extra parking and a shuttle service at Charlie’s on Colfax and Emerson. For all the details, head to my Events page. Hope to see you there!

Rise Above Proposition 8

14 November 2008

If someone vandalized your home or your church for political reasons, would that make you support their cause?  I don’t think so.

While I’m disappointed that Proposition 8 in California passed, I’m even more disturbed by the angry backlash – such as church vandalism – it has caused.  The fact is, Prop 8 had more votes of support than votes against.  Whatever cause you’re fighting for, it takes building a large group of supporters in order to tip the scales.  I feel that an angry backlash creates more enemies than friends.

The reason I wrote ‘Rise Above’ in 2004 was because of the anger and division that I saw building over the marriage debate.  I truly feel that those against marriage equality simply don’t know of any friends, coworkers, or family affected by it.  They don’t understand why it’s important.

Tomorrow morning there is a nationwide rally against Prop 8 and if you’re planning on attending, please take the time to read the lyrics below and watch the ‘Rise Above’ music video again.  The message is so important and I think that building support – from all walks of life – is the best way to make change.

Take care,

James Roy

Video links:
[original mix]
[Freeloader Radio mix]
[Radikal DJ’s Club mix]
[Live at Denver PrideFest]

Rise Above lyrics:
i don’t care if you don’t call me by name
i don’t care if you don’t agree with what i say
and if you attack, you know that i won’t fight back
because i think that we’re on the same page

rise above the noise and you will see we’re all the same
when we have just one voice there is no one to blame
rise above and see that we have the same memory
and all that you do will return to you
rise above

what you see is what you want to believe
what you think is what you want to achieve
and if you attack, you know that i won’t fight back
because you’re feeling more shame than me

rise above the noise and you will see we’re all the same
when we have just one voice there is no one to blame
rise above and see that we have the same memory
and all that you do will return to you
rise above

i won’t tell you how i think you should live
i know how to forget and forgive
and if you attack, you know that i won’t fight back
because you only get back what you give

rise above the noise and you will see we’re all the same
when we have just one voice there is no one to blame
rise above and see that we have the same memory
and all that you do will return to you
rise above

10% of all Rise Above remix sales go to Soulforce to promote equality:

SoleJourney Movie Premiere

29 October 2008

There is a very special event coming up this weekend – Saturday November 1st is the official premiere of the movie SoleJourney in Denver.  It’s a powerful look at people across the country who have joined the Soulforce movement.  If you weren’t aware, Soulforce is the group I teamed up with last year to tour Focus on the Family, and it is also the organization that receives 10% of all sales of my ‘Rise Above’ remixes.

Although you won’t see me in the SoleJourney film, there is a heartwarming scene that features my song ‘Nowhere Without You‘, and I’ll be there to discuss it afterwards with the directors and participants.

Details for the premiere can be found on my events page or on the SoleJourney website

Hope to see you there!

Last Pride show for the season!

10 September 2008

Instead of writing this blog last weekend as planned, I’m writing it tonight in Terminal 1 of Chicago O Hare, waiting to fly home after an impromptu business trip.  Life has been great lately and also very busy!

Last Thursday I attended my last class for my 4 month long leadership course.  I’m really happy with what I got out of it, and even happier to have freed up some time to work on other things again!  It’s quite helpful to realize what you’re good at and also very helpful to find out what are your biggest challenges.  I’m much more clear on both facets now.  My community project [Half of Plenty] is still going, though it’s ramping down as the growing season comes to an end.

The fun news is… Boulder Pride is this Saturday!  I’ve got a show at 3:30 PM and it’s the longest slot I’ve had at a Pride festival before.  That means more songs, including some that haven’t been performed on a big stage before.  The stage will be setup on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall [outside] and we’re going to make the show a fun one with a few goodies to give away.  If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday and you’re in the area, come join us!

In the meantime, have a great week 🙂

Gotta go – plane will be boarding soon…

Pueblo Pride, Goodbye Kevin

13 August 2008

This Saturday is Pueblo, CO’s Pride Festival and we’ll be performing down there around 2 PM.  Later that evening we’re doing a special show at the Pirate’s Cove to continue with all the celebrations.  It will be fun!

Last year a good friend of mine – Kevin Hanson – came down with us for Pueblo Pride and he got up on stage with me to be one of my backup dancers.  Even though he claimed to not be a dancer, people loved him and many asked me who he was, since he was having so much fun on stage and always had a smile.  I’m sad to say that this year, we’ll be spending the morning saying goodbye to him.  He was in a car wreck last week and we lost him.  This picture was from our performance last year.

If you knew him, the funeral is in Woodland Park at 10 am on 116 S West Street.  I’m sure once it’s over he’ll stop by Pueblo Pride again to cheer us up and give his support, as he always did..

Happy July 1st and 4th!

3 July 2008

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends & Happy Independence Day to all those in the United States!

Denver’s PrideFest was two weeks ago and it was an amazing weekend.  Lots of new faces, lots of great people, and the vibes were wonderful when we were up on stage.  I was fortunate to work with an incredibly talented group of performers [Jordan, Rus, Gilbert, and Brent] and even a handful of people that helped me with the last song [Ryan, Tracy, Jonathan, Daniel, Cathi, Sam, Jason, and Elijah].  We recreated parts of the ‘Rise Above’ music video with an extra little twist, and I think we got some of the biggest cheers of the day.  Numerous people stopped by afterwards to say that the show affected them and brought them to tears.  Another great part of the weekend was that my mom flew in to help us and show her support, and Todd and Pony [from the Todd & Pony Show podcast] flew in from Portland to join us in the festivities.

After that, I flew to Tucson, AZ to make up a leadership course that I missed during Pride and it offered many powerful insights.  The community project I’m working on is called “Half of Plenty” and its purpose is to provide fresh garden produce to women and children living in poverty in the Denver area.  Due to rising food costs, shelters can’t afford much more than canned food, so any fresh food is greatly appreciated.  If you’d like to contribute to the cause, either by joining the project as a leader or participant, or through donations, please contact me.

Have a great weekend!

#8 on MTV Logo’s Top Ten Videos

13 June 2008

You did it again!  I just heard from MTV that ‘Rise Above’ reached #8 on Logo’s Click List for this week, starting tonight.  Thanks to everyone who voted – you know that your votes count!  Let’s keep this going and keep climbing the charts 🙂

I also got an e-mail earlier this week for another chart ranking: Artist Underground.  Their electronica charts show that ‘What Would You Do’ premiered at #40.

If you’re in the Denver area in the next week, we’ve got two shows coming up at PrideFest on Sunday, June 21st.  Check out the events page to get the details.

Have a great weekend

After Canada, it’s show time again

3 June 2008

It’s been a while since the last blog post, and the reason I haven’t been in touch is because I ran off to Canada to get married. Despite the snow and ice, it was a wonderful trip and our families were very supportive. I guess all the lyrics in “I Believe” did come true after all.

Now that we’re back it’s time to shift into performance mode again, with a show in Pueblo, CO this Saturday [June 7th] at Pirate’s Cove. The 2-set show starts at 9 PM and we’ll be there ahead of time to hang out and meet everyone. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance, available at the venue. All the details can be found on my events page.

After that, we’ll be hitting the local PrideFests with Denver’s on June 22nd and Colorado Springs on July 20th, with some other show dates being worked out. Can you think of other venues that would want to put on a show? Let us know at

On MTV’s Logo this Sunday

22 February 2008

logo.jpg I just got word from MTV that they will be airing the Rise Above music video on their Logo network this Sunday night [Feb 24th]! It’s been an ongoing project over the past few months to get the video closed captioned and in their hands, and it has finally happened.

The video will air on their NewNowNext Music show at Midnight Eastern Time. You can find out more about Logo’s TV listings here.

If you’re in the Denver area, we’re planning on getting a group together to watch it. E-mail me if you’d like to join us!