Despite Being Compared to a "Legend", Soul Singer, Rogerhill Music is Forging His Own Path!

In my experience, ROGERHILL MUSIC is one of the most motivated independent artists I know. His motivation and drive are astounding. Although he began his music career late in life, he has more fire than many young artists. One of the things he possesses that many independent artists lack is the ability to perceive the fact that hard work is synonymous with success. Not only is he talented, but he knows what he needs to do to reach his goals. In my interview with Roger, I asked him what his journey has been like. Here's what he had to say.

Hi Roger, hi how are you? I'm fine, thank you

Awesome! Roger, tell me a little bit about your background, your childhood, and how you grew up? OK, so I'm originally a native of Rochester, NY and I've been singing since I was five years old. My sister and I used to sing at many different churches throughout the city and we were known as the “The Hill Sister and Brother Dual.”

Oh wow, that’s awesome! Yes, and during that time, we were being managed by “Lou Rawls” manager.

Lou Rawls? That’s major! Yes

Awesome! Now you were five years old at the time Lou Rawls's manager was managing you, am I correct? Yes, roughly around five or six years old.

Wow! You guys were young! We were. The funny thing about it was that at the time, I wasn't really interested in singing. In retrospect, I remember that my mother always dressed us up when we were young. Because my mother sowed, she would go to the store, buy a three-piece suit for me and then make a matching dress for my sister at home. As a result, during my performances, both my sister and I wore matching outfits.

That’s hilarious! (laughs) The funny thing is that I can see you guys up there singing back in the ’70s with your matching outfits and your butterfly collared 3-piece suit. That’s right.

Hilarious! I’m sure you both were super adorable! In those days, we wore hush puppies. At that time, my mother dressed us quite well.

So, you had all that going on, a three-piece butterfly suit and you didn't want to sing? Because I wanted to go out and have fun, I wasn't interested in singing. Everyone believed that my sister would have a successful singing career, so much so that she was called Diana Ross.

Wow! Ok. Sounds like she appeared to have the most interest in singing. Yes.

I remember being in church as a child and having to sing. I was traumatized. As a 5-year-old, I’m sure it was extremely intimidating to be on the stage with all those adults staring at you. In fact, I recall being on stage and not wanting to open my mouth, and my mother would always give me this look.

Oh, I know that look all so well. (laugh) As I looked over there and saw her sitting in those pews, my mom would be gritting her teeth and looking at me, like “boy, you had better open your mouth and sing” (laughs)

Oh no! Not the gospel stare from the church pews! Uh huh! (laughs)

Wow! (laughs) In the beginning, my sister was thought to be the star singer in the family; however, as time progressed, this opinion changed. As a result, my sister became the focus of attention. Essentially, Mr. Banks, our manager, arranged for us to do a variety of gigs, but I became interested in other things.

Ok, what was your other interest? As far as I was concerned, I was more interested in playing sports than anything else. I was also interested in the field of construction.

Besides singing do you have a career that doesn't involve the arts? Aside from music, I also work in construction, and I build houses here in Atlanta. Furthermore, I am a licensed electrical and general contractor.

Even though you were not singing, did you have any kind of connection to music throughout your life? Throughout the years, I have always found myself in some form or fashion, among entertainers. When I was 10, my stepfather used to be a part of “The Rochester Gospel Workshop.” And the guy who worked and managed the radio station, “WDKX,” used to bring various gospel groups in like Willie Neal Johnson and The Keynotes, Slim and The Supreme Angels, Willie Banks, Dottie Peoples, and gospel acts such as those. So, I had the opportunity to meet all of them. Sadly, some of them are no longer with us.

How did you meet them? I used to work at the station. Believe it or not, at 10 years old, I had a job.

What were your job responsibilities? It was my responsibility to open the door as soon as the people disembarked from the bus and let them in. This was what he instructed me to do.

Oh, that's awesome! Did you get paid? Yes, they pay me. My salary at 10 years old was somewhere between $80-$100.

That’s awesome! Back then, that was good money.

What were the events that prompted you to return to singing? I would like to hear your story. Ok, when I was in college, I promoted parties. Now my cousin used to hang out with one of the biggest concert promoters in the country, Al Heymon. in fact, they started together from open shows. Going back to my previous statement, during that time, I started promoting little concerts. I also owned a nightclub for 12 years.

What was the name of the club? Club Fabulous in New York.

Ok. What kind of entertainment did you have in your club? Did you have performers or was it mostly a dancing venue? I built a stage there myself, but before I tell you more about the club, let's take a moment to go back a bit in time.

Ok. When I was promoting concerts, I’ll never forget the Calvin Richardson concert, because I wound up losing money. After that experience, I went to my mentor named Marietta. As a side note, she’s the reason why I moved from New York to Atlanta. Additionally, she held the position of General Director for the radio station mentioned above. So, I had a conversation with her about my fear of losing money on the Calvin Richardson show. She gave me her advice and I did exactly what she told me to do.

So, on the day of Calvin Richardson's concert, right before he goes u