"The price of a song" Lyric winner of the great american song contest

"Streets of seattle" Folk/americana and lyric finalist

"The Price of a Song" won its fourth First Place award in a year, most recently in the 21st Annual Great American Song Contest Read the lyric and hear the song by Michael R. J. Roth & Eryn Michel here."Streets Of Seattle" by Michael R. J. Roth & Mike P. Ryan  was a top finalist in both the Folk/Americana and Lyric categories. Read the lyric and listen to the song here

I've Been Dragging These old songs around

New EP out now

A new collection of four songs, "The Price of a Song," "Streets of Seattle," "If It Ain't Love," and "A Bat Flying in the Night." Spare acoustic songs exquisitely recorded by Sam Negri/Mesa Studio at the University of New Mexico.

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New release: "The Price of a Song"  

Last year, this song won a Gold Medal for lyrics in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and was the lyric winner of the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI/CMT) and Dallas Songwriters Association song contests. Celebrating with this release, with music co-written with Eryn Michel.

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"Homeless Sky" on Top 100 List for homelessness 


Michael R. J. Roth | Homeless Sky

Thanksgiving is a time not only to give thanks for what we have, but also to remember those who are in need. I am honored to learn that my song "Homeless Sky" has been included in Hope 4 Restoration's Top 100 list of songs about homelessness: (https://www.hope4restoration.org/main.html)


Hope 4 Restoration is founded by Tim Houchen who once was formally homeless. Through his experience living on the streets he has the knowledge of the barriers that chronically homeless individuals must overcome to get back to a place of restoration. The desire is to provide existing resources and services and identify those that are non-existent and find ways to provide those resources to the chronically homeless. His approach is from a homeless perspective.


I encourage you to learn more about the organization and donate to their efforts to help the homeless. You can find out about the organization and donate here:



The songs are part of the "Longest Night" memorial event that takes place on December 21. The "Longest Night" is Orange County's official event in recognition of National Homeless Persons Memorial Day and has been sponsored by Hope 4 Restoration annually since 2014. The event takes place in more than 175 cities across America each year on the winter solstice. It's the shortest day for most people, but it is the Longest Night for persons experiencing homelessness and often the coldest night as well.


See more on the event here:


You can find my song here:

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 

Available on CD Baby here.

Songs for Easy Heroes

Songs for Easy Heroes

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Winner of the 2019 NSAI Lyric competition

Winner - 2019 NSAI Lyric competition

Gold Award (Lyrics) - 2018 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

First Place - 2016 Dallas Songwriters Association 

Lyric Winner - Austin Songwriters Group, Dallas Songwriters Association, Unisong, Great American Song Contest

Listed as NSAI "One to Watch"


"These writers are being recognized by our evaluators as writers who are on the rise! These members have gotten the attention of our evaluators for their unique and promising writing skills. Keep an eye on these folks… they just keep getting better!"

- See more at: https://www.nashvillesongwriters.com/ears-january-2020