Three Finalists in Austin



Sweet: "Movin' On" is a finalist in the Bare Bones, Folk/Americana and Lyrics categories. "The Price Of A Song" and "Blasphemous Kiss" also made it in the Lyrics  category.

"Hearts Wide Open" now on CD Baby!

"Hearts Wide Open" was the First-Place Christian Category Winner in the 2016 Dallas Songwriters Association Songwriting Competition.

"A real John Prine feel to the lyric writing in this song. 'From the dogs at addiction that tug at our sleeves….' This is a great line along with so many others in this song. '…laying our pride at the foot of the cross' is another one. Very strong. Could be the best set of lyrics in this entire competition. This is thoughtful, unique and exceptional lyric writing." - Dallas Songwriters Association Grand Prize Judge, Roy Elkins 

"The Price of a Song" Wins NSAI Lyric Contest!

Gold Winner in the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

Winner in the 35th Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

Gold (Lyrics)

The Price of a Song

New release - "Blood on Our Hands"

A folk-acoustic song by Michael R. J. Roth, "Blood on Our Hands" received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and features vocals by the amazing Lexi Jackson.

Listen to it here:

"When You Found Me" 3rd Place Winner in Austin

Good news from the Austin Songwriters Group - my song "When You Found Me" was a 3rd-place winner in the bare-bones category, and received Honorable Mention in Love Songs! For more, or to listen, see my website at, or go to CD Baby:



"If I Step Onto That Train" DSA Semifinalist

Pleased to learn that my lyric, "If I Step Onto That Train" won 2nd Place in the Dallas Songwriters Association lyric competition!


New Recording of "When You Found Me"

Thanks to the magic of Marco Delmar of Recording Arts and celloist Fred Lieder, here's a new recording of "When You Found Me" that I hope you'll enjoy.  You can listen to it or download it here:

Two Lyric Finalists!


I was pleased to learn that two of my songs, "Faded Beauty" and "Santa Fe" made it on the shortlist of the Your Music Out Loud Competition:

Winners will be announced November 17



"Cheap Motel" a winner in DSA 2017 Lyric Competition

Cheap Motel was a 2nd-place winner in the Dallas Songwriters Association Spring 2017 Lyric Competition! Thanks to Scott Thorn for contributing some great lines to this song!

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