‘Change’ is his latest music recording title. The recording is scheduled for release in late January 2012. With lyrics penned by the artist and all vocal performances by him as well, this House/Urban Jazz flavored track is one that you’ll definitely want to add to your music collection. Collaborator and music-businessman (from Japan), Hakuei Kameda, provides the music and production. Born in the small town of Taylor, Texas, on September 14th; now residing in Los Angeles, Ca, ladies and gentlemen meet…Jimmy Roland!
As the forth child emerging from a family of nine, Jimmy Roland has always been fascinated by the sounds of music. His mother was a pianist and singer and his three older sisters (one of whom is the mother of nephew, ABC Eyewitness News reporter, Leo Stallworth), gained popularity as a Gospel singing group.
Although much of Jimmy’s musical experience came from his older siblings and church musicians as a child, it was the Motown sounds that really caught Jimmy’s attention. During college, Roland would spend his evenings in clubs that offered open mic nights. This is where he would really learn his craft and also caught the attention of many songwriters and producers. He became a constantly working demo-singer in the Los Angeles area.
The demo singing led to his first professional recording contract with SGP records in Hollywood. A few years later, he signed with a label in Toronto, Ontario – Canada. His first attempt as a professional songwriter came while his first CD, Under The Moonlight’ with the Canadian label, was being produced. The song ‘My Jamaica‘, landed a spot on that CD. A few years later, a producer in France heard the track and asked permission to remix it. Permission was granted and the song reached #22 on a few US Dance charts. It was also taken along with Jimmy to a division of Warner Chappell, where Jimmy was offered a five-year publishing deal.
October ‘08 brought Jimmy Roland and Italian producer Dr. Kmer (aka Paolo Stocchero) together. This time, the genre of music being produced would be Electronic/Dance. In January ’09, the duo released their first collaboration entitled ‘Got To Be Real’. The charts of a popular online Dance radio station showed that the song had reached #1. A few months later, the video to this song premiered on MTV-LOGO’s ‘NewNowNext PopLab Series’ and continued to receive heavy rotation. A year earlier, Roland had jumped to #1 on a Sirius Satellite Radio Stations Top20 charts with his song ‘Guaranteed’.
Jimmy Roland has shared main-stage billing with acts such as The Village People, Patti LaBelle, KC and The Sunshine Band and many more. When he delivers a song, you can feel his heart and every emotion that he is feeling. The songs that he’s written can really be felt, as, he’s lived it. When asked, Jimmy will not hesitate in letting you know that Dionne Warwick and Barry White were the star artists that influenced his vocal sound/style. Roland was finally lucky enough to meet his First Lady, Dionne Warwick on Friday, January 13, 2012. Thirteen days into the New Year and it’s looking good. His new CD ‘Change’ is forthcoming and Jimmy says that he is really looking forward to promoting it. He says the DJ Hakuei out did himself on this one with the production. The two first got recognition in late 2010 with their release of "My House'.
His most recent performance was in Tucson, Az at Kino Memorial Stadium (home of the Arizona Padres) where the audience and crew was wonderful. If you’ve not had the opportunity to see this R&B/House artist perform live, make plans to see him the next chance you get.
'Change' by DJ Hakuei feat. Jimmy Roland
Music by H-2 Production / Producer: Hakuei Kameda Lyricist & vocalist