"the ruins of our age"

Great American Song contest top five

Just announced today - “The Ruins of Our Age” is a Top 5 winner in the Lyric Writing category of the Great American Song Contest, and "Gun for Hire" is a folk/Americana finalist 

If it pains you to shelter in place

try sheltering in no place to live

I’ve been working with a project called The Longest Night, an event to commemorate the homeless on December 21. You can find out more about this event here:


The Songwriters Association of Washington has created a video wall that you are all invited to submit to.  Share your music and help the homeless. You can also just watch. 


two songs semi-finalists in Dallas

"Just to Keep Breathin'" and "The Things I Didn't Do for You"

The Dallas Songwriters Association has announced its list of semi-finalists for its 2020 Song Contest, which includes "Just to Keep Breathin'" in the Americana/Folk'Bluegrass category and "The Things I Didn't Do for You" (Co-written with Eric Ramsey) in Love Longs/Easy Listening. Winners will be announced on January 16.

"Gun for Hire"

Now out on Spotify

Or download here

"Now up on stage with the lights ablaze
You even make the light look dark
With your hand upon that empty space
Gutted by your savage heart"

Global Rising Song

And a new song release!

Well, for some reason, they wouldn't let me on American Idol, but I do get to compete in Global Rising Song Virtual Singer-Songwriter Open-Mic Contest Prelim Round #4. It will be online from Monday May 25 until Sunday May 31! Songwriters from around the world are competing to see who has the best song and the best fans! So here's an invitation to watch my video and vote for me.

Caveat: Voting does involve tipping, $1 per vote. When you vote and/or tip me, it helps me keep the lights on in my songwriter journey! Go to: globalrisingsong.com to learn more! It's a totally unique event that combines a contest with a fundraiser!

To view the event, go to www.globalrisingsong.com/prelim-round-4 (It will not be active until 12 noon CDT Monday, May 25)

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.

Go to the Listen page, or choose your favorite streaming service here

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.

CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelrjroth16

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/07FyKyNtdDcBJLudxH40rh

"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