Homeless Sky

by Michael R. J. Roth

Released 2018
Songs for Easy Heroes
Released 2018
Songs for Easy Heroes
Songwriter Michael R. J. Roth has been called "a cool dark troubadour" and "an amazing writer" by fans and industry professionals, evoking a mix of Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, and Paul Simon.
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Songwriter Michael R. J. Roth's lyrics are known for their intriguing imagery and "deep, profound truth." He is featured in the Great American Song Hall of Fame, and is known for his award-winning,original acoustic songs with "the kind of lyrics that make Nashville writers salivate." NSAI named him "One to Watch.”

Roth was the First Place Lyric Winner in the Unisong International Song Contest, the Great American Song Contest, the Austin Songwriters Group and …
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When You Found Me (With Cello)

by Michael R. J. Roth

Released 2017
Released 2017
"An amazing writer" -- Vinny Ribas, CEO Indie Connect
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A new version of this moving long song by Great American Song Contest Hall of Fame member Michael R. J. Roth, recorded with Fred Lieder on cello at Record Arts studio.

Santa Fe

by Michael R. J. Roth

Released 2018
Released 2018
The Working Sessions 1: Raw folk-style narratives by an award-winning songwriter. "Eyes like a priest, heretic, ragin', he confides he's migrating to an ancient civilization."
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Working tracks of acoustic folk songs of "passion, anger, and pain" from a "cool dark troubador" and "Jedi songwriter" who was a First-Place lyric winner in Austin, Dallas, and national and international competitions and is listed in the Great American Song Hall of Fame. Tales from Santa Fe where "you can almost smell the summer heat burning off the sense of grace" while "keeping faith until the good guys win." Includes "The Close Shaves of …
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What We Really Mean When We Say Love

by Michael R. J. Roth

Released 2018
Songs for Easy Heroes
Released 2018
Songs for Easy Heroes
The Working Sessions 2
"An AMAZING songwriter!" -- Mary Dawson, "I Write the Songs"
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Unplugged acoustic love songs from the archives going back to the 1980s and including some raw tracks of new songs. Includes the original unplugged version of "When You Found Me" (Third Place winner in the 2017 Austin Songwriters Group competition), American Songwriter honorable mention "He Wants to Make Love," and Dallas Songwriters Association lyric winner (2nd place) "If I Step Onto That Train."

Cheap Motel

by Michael R. J. Roth

Released 2017
Released 2017
"Deep, profound truth"
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Poetic lyrics packing powerful imagery in this song about the meaning of life by songwriters Michael R. J. Roth and Scott Thorn, "looking for the truth behind a whiskey-colored blind"

This song was a 2nd-place winner in the Dallas Songwriters Association Spring 2017 Lyric Competition.

When You Found Me

by Michael R. J. Roth

Released 2017
Released 2017
Award-winning,original acoustic songs with "the kind of lyrics that make Nashville writers salivate" according to one top songwriter.
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Songwriter Michael R. J. Roth was the First Place Lyric Winner of the Unisong International Song Contest, First Place Lyric Winner in the Great American Song Contest, First and Second Place Lyric Winner in the Austin Songwriters Group and First, Second and Third place Lyric Winner at the Dallas Songwriters Association competition. Two of his songs received Honorable Mention in American Songwriter Magazine's Lyric Competition. He won First Place in the Christian music category in …
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Not Every Member of a Chain Gang Sings the Blues

by Michael R. J. Roth

Released 2015
Released 2015
Award-winning,original acoustic songs with "the kind of lyrics that make Nashville writers salivate" according to one top songwriter.
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Vintage songs from an old trunk in the attic, dusty treasures to be opened on a rainy day. Wilderness and wanderlust swept beneath the household dust. Loneliness and lullabies, radios and children’s play. Starlight on ice, licorice tea, old ceremonial Japanese steam, the moon like an owl perched up in a tree — what more could you ask for? That every man who dies at night can see the moon? That God will strip you …
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Naked to the Truth

by Michael R. J. Roth

Released 2000
Released 2000
Award-winning,original acoustic songs with "the kind of lyrics that make Nashville writers salivate" according to one top songwriter.
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When I first laid down these tracks, I thought they would be the framework of a multilayered recording. But I liked the up-close, personal feel of this collection, ideal for those who like bare-bones “songwriter’s” editions. My performances have always seemed best in intimate settings. So think of it as me singing to you, just the two of us. They’re best for listening late at night when you want to just kick back …
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I Dreamed I Was A Weapon

by Michael R. J. Roth

Released 2006
Released 2006
Award-winning,original acoustic songs with "the kind of lyrics that make Nashville writers salivate" according to one top songwriter.
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"An AMAZING songwriter who deserves to be heard!"
--Mary Dawson, "I Write the Songs"

"Deep, profound truth" -- Pete & Pat Luboff, authors of 88 Songwriting Wrongs & How to Right Them (Writer's Digest Books, 1992).

"Your songs are works of art" -- TAXI

"You're a genius" -- Ishmael Reed, author of Mumbo Jumbo

"A dang writer" -- Billy Sprague, Dove Award-winning songwriter

"I like the way you rhymed 'ready' with 'machete'" -- Wayne Kirkpatrick

First-place lyric winner:

Unisong …
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Emergency Hymns

by Michael R. J. Roth

Released 2016
Released 2016
Award-winning,original acoustic songs with "the kind of lyrics that make Nashville writers salivate" according to one top songwriter.
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These are not conventional hymns, and you're not likely to hear them in church. Maybe a coffee house or a bar. In fact, I couldn't list this CD under "Christian music" because of a word in the first song. I wrote these songs looking for the glory of God in the midst of life's turmoils. I'm the kind of guy who “lifts the lid of happiness to see what's underneath.” And I present them here …
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Michael R. J. Roth, Lexi Jackson, Matt Davis
03/31/2017
Michael R. J. Roth

Story

"Hearts Wide Open" Christian Music Category Winner:

First Place - 2016 Dallas Songwriters Association
Third Place - The Songwriters Association of Washington's 33rd Mid-Atlantic Song Contest 2016
Finalist - 18th Annual Great American Song Contest 2016

This is a demo track I recorded at Nothing But Noise studio, with backup vocals by Lexi Jackson (of Wild the Waters) and Matt Davis (of Thunder Buddies), and some nice guitar licks from Matt.