One cannot mention 2020 without the impact of the global pandemic: the human, social and economic impact has been devastating.
COVID-19 forced us to focus on what mattered – truly mattered. People. Relationships. Kindness. We refocused what it meant to be Roar Records Inc. Who we wanted to work with. And in doing so, we discovered some gems.
We reached out to old friends, like Jeff Jones, and we released his 50th Anniversary Edition of PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND just as the world was shutting down. Yet something in those lyrics, something in that riff, was a healing balm to troubled souls.
We reached out to Ana Pac – whom we discovered on a film set in 2019. We discovered Stephen Adrian Lawrance – also on a film set, within the same week. Stephen and Ana would pen DOWN IN MY WHIP with our friend DJ Danny D adding his magic touch. The song is pacing to be a global hit.
Stephen, our secret diamond in the rough, delivered old-style country tracks, the kind Kenny Rogers would sing and compose. COLD COMFORT was written on snow-covered road to Nashville just prior to the shut-down.
We reached out to our friends Wendy Irvine, Dave Patel, and Ian de Souza started to work on a new song that reflected the human condition at that moment: BATTLECRY.
And we discovered a funky indie folk/rock band, of two middle-aged guys, singing about life and all its ups and downs – and so we welcomed Dirt Farmer to the family, and successfully promoted I LOVE YOU to radio.
2021 is seeing more incredible music, more discoveries… from THIS IS… by Ana Pac to A LONG GOODBYE – the song Wendy penned about her father, to Stephen’s WRITE OUR OWN LOVE SONG and the groovy TUNE IN HER HEAD by Dirt Farmer. 2021 is shaping up to be another remarkable year for our indie record label.
And that’s why we are called ROAR. While we may be living in a different world, it is still very much our world – a world where we continue to share stories of the human collective.