Archive for the 'Thoughts' Category

Queercents + Red Rocks Radio

17 June 2009

QCThis spring has been a little busy between my day job, school [was taking a business course], remixing for another artist [which you’ll find out about soon!], and then several personal projects at home.  So for the summer, I’m doing less than usual in order to relax.  There are two pieces of news, however, that you might be interested in:

Queercents

I’ve written a few articles for the popular and informative blog Queercents and have a few more on the way.  If you’re interested in improving your finances, be sure to check it out!  Here’s a link to the articles I’ve written so far.

Red Rocks Radio

Red Rocks is a very famous ampitheatre in Colorado and their website highlights some local artists.  If you allow pop-ups, go to the Red Rocks website and listen to the radio player.  They liked the sound of I Believe and decided to post it!

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A dream come true

5 February 2009

bmrAbout eight years ago, when I was still fresh out of college and a new face in Denver, I was out at a club called The Wave when Thea Austin [Snap!, ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’, ‘I’m Addicted (You’re The Worst Thing For Me)’] showed up and sang her hits to a packed and appreciative crowd. I was star struck! I couldn’t get over the fact that she was in the same room as us and that she was only a few feet away! I was screaming “We love you!” and singing along when she started pulling a few people up on stage to dance with her… and I was one of the lucky ones. She even passed the mic around every now and then so people could sing a line from her songs and after I got my turn, she said “ooh, that sounded good” and I’ll never forget that.

Fast forward to PrideFest 2004, I was at a club called Serengeti when the featured performer came on and I didn’t recognize her at first until she started singing her hit song, ‘You Set Me Free’, which is a favourite of mine! It was so cool that she was there and I was star struck again. I had written about 5 songs by that point and I made 50 demo CDs to give out that weekend. I was lucky enough to see her the next day walking around and pulled up the courage to say hi to her and give her a CD. She was so sweet about it and wrote me a letter of thanks, which I proudly posted on my fridge for 2 years [and I still have that letter].

Those moments were truly inspiring and I was so grateful for the sliver of attention that I got from them – it meant the world to me.

So with the release of DJ Bill Bennett’s Big Muscle of the Rhythm, I can’t express how exciting it is to have my song ‘Tonight I Dream’ on there, along with Thea Austin, Abigail, Suzanne Palmer, Inaya Day, Sean Ensign, and more. Bill Bennett fine-tuned everything on that album, including special interlude tracks and some powerful transitions that bring the songs together to create the full experience. I love how he transitioned out of ‘Tonight I Dream’ to merge into the next track, giving the lyrics a new twist. It is one of the few albums that I repeatedly listen to from start to finish [all of the songs are so catchy!] and I listen to it often during my workouts. It’s an amazing album, and it’s a dream come true to be a part of it.

Available at Perfect Beat and iTunes

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:

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..

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 booking@bluediscorecords.com

Free download for the holidays

18 December 2007

To say Thank You to everyone who has kept in touch this year, I’ve posted an MP3 of Silent Night in the members section of my website. This is a track that can be found on the Christmas album, Season of Giving.  Just click on the members area link and type in your e-mail address that receives the newsletters.  From there, you’ll find it in the audio downloads section.  Not a member? You can become one by signing up on the Contact page!

Happy Holidays,

James Roy

who’s on your short list?

10 December 2007

xmas.jpgAs the days before Christmas continue to decline, your list of people to buy gifts for gets shorter… and more difficult! What’s left are the people who have everything or the people you just don’t know all that well. Instead of worrying, why not give them some holiday music and a donation to the American Red Cross in their honor? Each copy of “Season of Giving” comes with a note about the donation, it is fully gift-wrapped, and it is shipped for free! Ten dollars will cross them off your list and let you sit back and enjoy the season…

[and you can listen to clips here]

I must be dangerous [part 2]

23 October 2007

It’s official: I am a threat to society, I’ve been blacklisted!

Got to the airport at 4:30 this morning, they assigned me a seat right away [how nice] and then gave me my boarding pass. When I was about to get in line for security, the lady took a bright yellow highlighter and made huge circles all over my boarding pass around this odd 4-letter code. I asked her what that meant and she said, “it means we need to search you twice”. Oh fun.

Next thing you know, I’m hearing the TSA agent proudly announcing “Hey James, it’s time for the penalty box!” Time for annother run through the metal detector, another pat-down, and another explosives search on every possible item in my possession.

Any idea how I became America’s most-wanted? Are the lyrics from Rise Above or I Believe triggering terror alerts?

I must be dangerous…

22 October 2007

theme.jpgI’ve been trying for two days now to fly home to Denver from Los Angeles, and a glitch in the system just pulled me off the last flight home.  That flight had 40 seats available, and everyone was boarding while the attendant was printing out my boarding pass.  Even though I had gone through security seven hours earlier, they decided that I needed to leave the terminal, do a full pat-down and explosives check, and then the regular security check again before I could board.  Needless to say, my one flight home with so many empty seats left without me.

So what does this mean?  Is L.A. some place I’m supposed to be?  Or am I on some sort of terrorist list? I must be dangerous or something…

Ever had similar experiences?  Let me know!

a different breed

21 October 2007

wom_1.jpgI spent this weekend in L.A. for Tim Sweeney’s Music Strategies conference: a semi-annual indie artist event that I’ve been attending for the past few years. Each session brings new faces and new ideas, and each time I can bring more of my own experiences to the table. There are artists of all types and genres – visual artists, book authors, stand-up comics, and music artists from hip-hop to jazz to death metal. What I like about this conference is that it’s not about how you sound or what kind of art you make. Instead, it’s about being more effective as an artist.

Even though I have a lot in common with these people – we’re all on a path of creating something after all – I also realized how different I am from them. I’m not rushing the stage with an electric guitar or beatboxing until 4 am after the bar has closed. I’d rather connect with each person individually and hear their story first. Maybe that’s the difference between an introverted artist versus an extroverted one – the desire to take it all in as the first part of the creative process.

So what kind of artist are you? E-mail me your thoughts…