"I try to write songs with emotion and honesty that tell stories from my life and hopefully yours too" ROJOR
UK singer-songwriter hailing from Teesside on the North East coast of England, ROJOR has been decidedly under the radar having released his first album in the 1990s and in a society obsessed with celebrity this northern lad has quietly built up a strong reputation and a loyal band of followers via his talent for crafting well written and intelligent songs. Subsequent releases have seen much radio airplay, including national recognition on the UK's most listened to station BBC Radio Two and RTE Radio One in Eire.
Comparisons range from The Blue Nile, Bowie, Prefab Sprout and Prince to Aimee Mann and John Cale. ROJOR has been described in the press as "the undiscovered genius" and his songs as "sexy", "extensively moody" and "ethereal"; his lyrics as "intelligent and inspiring".
ROJOR brings subtlety and style to the pop rock format of his radio friendly songs with a positive and chilled vibe in difficult times and in an industry keen to run straight to the lowest common denominator his music rises above and never follows trends. His current long-player "The Last Box of Bullets" features the single 'Just One Day', which picked up national airplay on Eire's 'Late Date Show' in 2014 and saw the track "The First Time Again" picking up airplay on BBC Radio 2. His 2011 album "Code in the Ether" also saw single "Fallen Soldier (One Luv)" hitting national radio airwaves on BBC Radio 2. This followed up his loosely acoustic album "Wire & Wood", which saw the beautiful 'Kane's Song' gaining airplay across the UK.
His music is beautifully arranged and he is at home in many musical fields. His song writing - which has drawn critics to mention John Lennon - not only deals with “the vagaries of love and inner frustration” but his social agenda is evident in songs like the haunting ‘Primitive’ and the soulful ‘When Red Blood Flows". ROJOR's songs mix many musical influences and the sexy huskiness to his voice keeps the listener entranced.
Nominated as Best Male Solo Artist in the TME Awards ROJOR hit No.2 in the UKSounds download chart in 2006 with the single “Sail Away With Me”, from the wonderful “Faint Signal” album. This was followed up with 2007’s “The Book of Secret Songs” and “The Thief Who Stole the Truth” (2008), which brought forth catchy radio tracks “On Your Radar” and “November Song” . ROJOR has picked up airplay right across the BBC night-time network as well as spot plays in Europe (Germany, EIRE, France, Spain and the Netherlands) and the USA.
From a full band to a one-man acoustic show this is an accomplished live artist having played live with the likes of Primal Scream and Martin Stephenson. ROJOR has also headlined the ‘FTWL Stage’ at BBC Music Live (Middlesbrough) and is no stranger to the big festival audience, but he is also equally at home in more intimate live surroundings where the true essence of his beautiful songs is often best captured.
"the undiscovered genius" - Rob Nichols, On The Beat
"strong melodies, decent hooks and compelling lyrics" - Fatea Magazine
"Rojor has a touch of the Paddy McAloons (Prefab Sprout) about him" - The Crack Magazine
"The songs are faultless" - Chris Lloyd, Northern Echo
"Rojor suits the live stage, cool and composed he knows how to deliver his unrivalled inventiveness with impressive impact" - Keep It Live Magazine
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