ROGER HODGSON: The Legendary Voice of SUPERTRAMP with his Band
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Roger Hodgson is recognized as one of the most gifted composers, songwriters and lyricists of our time! As the legendary voice, writer and arranger of most of Supertramp's greatest hits that led to more than 60 million record sales, he gave us amazingly enduring songs like:
"Give a Little Bit"
"It's Raining Again"
"Take the Long Way Home"
"The Logical Song"
"Breakfast In America"
and so many others that have become the sound track of our lives.
Hodgson co-founded the progressive rock band Supertramp in 1969 and was with them for 14 years. He wrote and sang most of the classic hits that brought Supertramp worldwide acclaim. Roger recently received 2 awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) for his songs being in the top played songs in their repertory, proving that they have indeed stood the test of time.
"The highest compliment that Roger can be paid is that he probably sounds better live today than in the recording studio more than a generation ago."
- Evening Standard London, Review from The Royal Albert Hall Concert.
"There are few vocalists instantly recognizable from the first few bars of a song but Roger Hodgson is certainly one of that unique group. The singer/songwriter of Supertramp, his voice is as unmistakable as the distinct keyboard sound of his early hits."
- The Times- London, Review from The Royal Albert Hall Concert.
In 1969, Roger Hodgson co-founded Supertramp, one of the greatest progressive rock n roll bands ever. He was the voice, heart and soul of the band for 14 years.
Although Roger shared writer's credit with Rick Davies, they wrote and composed separately. They continued to share writer's credits much like Lennon and McCartney did. Roger sings all the songs he wrote and Rick sings the songs he wrote.
During the time that Hodgson led the band, Supertramp sold over 60 million albums. In Canada alone, sales for Crime of the Century and Breakfast in America reached Diamond status. One in every 15 Canadians owned both these albums. Dreamer, recorded for Crime of the Century was Supertramp's first hit song. Breakfast in America had sales of over 20 million copies and in 1979 was the top selling album worldwide.
Hodgson left the band in 1983 at the height of their success in order to spend more time with his family and raise his small children. He moved his family away from the Los Angeles music scene and built a home and studio in the mountains of northern California, where he not only nurtured his family but his spiritual life as well.
Roger's departure from Supertramp 29 years ago left fans longing for more of the sublime music they have loved since the "Golden years" (1974 - 1983) of the band. His songs are still played on the radio around the world, and his unforgettable voice, trademark lyrics, innovative keyboard sounds, masterful 12 string guitar and piano skills, and repertoire of non-stop hits continue to touch the hearts of three generations.
Promoters love to work with Hodgson as he is not only a great talent, he is a true professional who is dedicated to staying healthy, never cancelling a show, and always giving his very best to each audience. Roger is currently performing solo, band and symphony orchestra concerts worldwide, and audiences everywhere say that his signature voice sounds better than ever. He is available for both public and private engagements.
Hodgson has a very deep spirituality which he expresses through his music, touching hearts and stirring precious memories. Many people comment that they feel he is singing just to them. He has always had a very deep spiritual yearning that has underscored so many of his songs and is his compass for the way he lives life. Fans and promoters alike love his humbleness and generosity. Roger truly tries to live his life by the message of the song that he wrote Give a Little Bit - giving a little bit of his love to the world, whether it is journalists in an interview or the audience or fans in a meet and greet.
Many people are unaware that Roger was Supertramp's chief architect and visionary when it came to arranging and producing the albums and designing the stage shows. All his gifts continue to shine through - in every concert he takes people on a musical journey that is both powerfully moving and intimate.
Hodgson has released an extensive catalog of music including a series of internationally successful solo albums and his debut DVD "Take the Long Way Home - Live in Montreal" (2006 Universal Music Canada, 2007 Eagle Rock worldwide) which went to #1 and multi Platinum in Canada, Gold in France and Germany. He has the support of two labels- Universal Music and Eagle Vision.
Hodgson's first solo album, In the Eye of the Storm, sold over 2 million copies. Roger not only wrote, arranged, sang and produced all the material on the album, but played almost all the instruments as well.
Hodgson's second solo album, Hai Hai, was released in 1987 and re-released in 2005 by popular demand. He had a life changing accident the week that he released Hai Hai, shattering both his wrists. He was told by all the doctors that he would never play music again. Yet through his faith and hard work he proved them wrong and came back stronger than ever.
Hodgson's album, Open the Door, was released in 2000 in Europe and was #1 in Switzerland for three weeks.
His latest release, Classics Live, is a spectacular collection of live performances from his solo, band and orchestra shows around the world recorded on his 2010 World Tour.
Hodgson has over 60 unpublished songs and plans to record some of them when the time is right.
AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
In May 2005 Hodgson was honored by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) in recognition of his song Give A Little Bit being one of the most played songs in the ASCAP repertoire. In 2007, he received the same honor from ASCAP, for his song Breakfast in America.
The Logical Song was named best song musically and lyrically at England's prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in 1980. It also has the distinction of becoming one of the most quoted lyrics in schools.
Take the Long Way Home was chosen as the #5 favorite song in MOJO Magazine's readers' poll in 2006.
Give a Little Bit was number one in the AC ratings in the US for six weeks in 2004 and has become an anthem for many charities worldwide - especially after the Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.
In May 2012, Roger Hodgson was honored by France with a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, one of the most prestigious decorations in all of France. Ordre des Arts et des Lettres was established in 1957 by the French Minister of Culture and its purpose is to recognize significant contributions to the arts.