About Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer - Songwriter
Roger Hodgson has been recognized as one of the most gifted composers,
songwriters and lyricists of our time. As the legendary voice and composer
of many of the band’s greatest hits, he gave us
“Give a Little Bit,”
“The Logical Song,”
“Take the Long Way Home,”
“Breakfast in America,”
“It’s Raining Again,”
and so many others that
have become the soundtrack of our lives. Roger's trademark way of setting
beautiful introspective lyrics to upbeat melodies resonated and found its
way into the hearts and minds of people from cultures around the world. His songs have remarkably stood the test of time and earned Roger and Supertramp
an adoring worldwide following.
During the time that Roger was with the band, Supertramp became a worldwide
rock phenomenon, selling well over 60 million albums to date. In Canada
alone, sales for “Crime of the Century” and “Breakfast in America” reached
Diamond status, meaning one in fifteen Canadians owned both albums. The
wildly successful album “Breakfast in America" hit number one in countries
around the world and stayed on the top of the charts for a full year,
selling over 20 million copies and becoming one of the biggest selling
albums of all time.
Born in Portsmouth, England, Roger spent much of
his childhood at boarding school where his guitar became his best friend. Learning three
his teacher, he began writing songs at the age of 12, eventually adding piano,
bass, drums, and even cello to his musical accomplishments. Roger had his first concert of original songs at the age of 13.
It wasn’t long after
his final school year that he recorded his first studio single “Mr. Boyd” with
a session band that included pianist Reg Dwight, later to become known
as Elton John.
Shortly after, Roger met Rick Davies and the nucleus of Supertramp was born.
Their initial collaborations attracted the attention of A&M Records and
their first album “Supertramp” was released in 1970. From their second
album "Indelibly Stamped" forward, Roger and Rick began writing separately.
However, like Lennon/McCartney, they maintained a joint writers credit
throughout their Supertramp career.
1974, the band released the album “Crime of the Century” with Roger’s song
“Dreamer” becoming their first hit and driving the album to the top of the
the next nine years, dubbed by fans as the “Golden Years,” Supertramp saw
four studio albums, numerous tours, and the worldwide success of “Breakfast
in America.” Three of Roger's songs from this album became worldwide hits -
“The Logical Song,” “Take the Long Way Home,” and “Breakfast in America.”
Following his heart, in 1983, Hodgson left Supertramp and Los Angeles after
the “Famous Last Words” album and mega rock stadium tour. He moved his
family away from the Los Angeles music scene to live a simpler lifestyle
close to nature and be home with his children as they were growing up. He
built a state-of-the-art recording studio at home where he could continue to
create music. His first solo album “In the
Eye of the Storm” was released in 1984 and became an international hit,
selling over two million copies.
1987, the same week that Roger’s second album “Hai, Hai” was released, Roger
took a bad fall and shattered both of his wrists. Doctors told him he would
never play music again. Yet with faith, a long period of self-healing, and
physical therapy, Roger proved them wrong. Within a year and a half, he was
Hodgson released his next studio album “Open the Door” in 2000 and after
taking many years off from touring to raise his children; Roger accepted Ringo Starr’s invitation to join his 2001 All Starr Tour. It is only since
2004, with his children fully grown, that Roger has felt the call to tour
Roger continues to compose music and write lyrics and has over 60 unreleased
songs, some of which he plans to record when the time is right. He compares
his writing process to an artist painting a picture, keeping it close to his
heart until the picture is complete before he shares it with the world.
2006, Roger released his first ever DVD from one of his live solo concerts
in Canada. “Take the Long Way Home – Live in Montreal” went Platinum in
just seven weeks and hit #1 in all of Canada and is now multi-Platinum and
Gold in France and Germany. Featuring hits “Dreamer,” “Give a Little Bit,”
“School,” “Breakfast in America,” “It’s Raining Again” (to name a few), and
a bonus orchestral version of “Fool’s Overture,” this DVD is a stunning
reminder of the musical genius of Roger Hodgson.
Currently, Roger is touring worldwide, selling out shows all over the globe
and receiving fantastic reviews from media and fans alike. He is performing
both public and private concerts in a variety of formats - solo, with
backing band, and with symphony orchestra. Consistently uniting four
generations at his concerts, Roger transports baby boomers back to their
youth and gives younger generations a taste of why his heartfelt songs have
most recent release, "Classics Live 1," is a spectacular collection of his
live performances recorded of his most loved classic hits recorded on his
2010 world tour.
Awards and Distinctions
1980, Roger was honored with the Ivor Novello Award from The British Academy
of Composers and Songwriters for “The Logical Song” being named the best
song both musically and lyrically. To this day, “The Logical Song” also has
the distinction of being one of the most quoted lyrics in schools.
Thirty-five years after writing “Give a Little Bit,” Roger received an award
for the song being one of the most performed songs in the 2005 ASCAP
(American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) repertory. In 2007,
he received this award again for a remake of “Breakfast in America.”
Roger has donated his time and signature song “Give a Little Bit” to help
raise funds for Tsunami Relief, Red Cross, UNICEF, World Vision, Hurricane
Katrina efforts and other worthy causes.
2007, Roger accepted an invitation by Princes William and Harry to perform
at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium. "Give a Little Bit," along
with “Dreamer,” “Breakfast in America,” and “It’s Raining Again,” were among
Princess Diana’s favorite songs. Roger’s performance proved to be one
of the highlights of the evening when the Princes and entire audience of
65,000 stood up and sang along to honor Princess Diana.
In May 2012, Roger 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
April and May 2014, Roger had four consecutive sold out shows in Milwaukee,
with April 30 being “Roger Hodgson Day” by Mayor Tom Barrett in the City of
Milwaukee, where Supertramp first broke into America in 1979.
additional information, visit Roger’s website:
Concert Reviews from Journalists
"If you closed your eyes you’d have thought Supertramp were back on stage."
Madeleine Brown - Rhythms Magazine
“This is music in its simplicity.
No frills and no gimmicks. Just an angelic voice that effortlessly scales
the storm with the most widespread octaves, accompanied by pure instruments. Hodgson still has that wonderful unlimited vocal range!
The Breakfast in America Tour brings us the soundtrack of our lives."
Gerrit Van De Vijver - MusicZine
“While some former lead singers of bands seem content to surround themselves with musicians that will not draw attention away from them, Hodgson has one of the most impressive backing bands around. In some ways, they are even better than his former band mates in Supertramp.”
Thom Jennings - Niagara Gazette
“The songs really do sound fabulous. But there was something more. There is an inner light that comes through Hodgson, both when he plays and when he interacts with the audience. It at once speaks of tranquility and a gentle kindness.”
Paul Lucas - Montgomery News
"This success is definitely due to the authenticity and sincerity he puts into his songs. A very touching and endearing person whose sensitivity is felt both in his music and in his way of communicating with his audience. His personality that can be sensed in both his music and his way of communicating with the audience."
J.B. – Caprices Festival Blog
"Roger Hodgson is proving that he indeed was the golden voice of Supertramp."
Scott Smith – Real Rock News
"Watching Roger Hodgson perform and interact with the audience, one couldn't fail to notice the positive energy he was emanating throughout the evening. A true touch of magic!"Mark Kadzielawa –
69 Faces of Rock Magazine
Fan Reviews of Roger's Concerts
“There are very few things in life that after 35 years of waiting for it, you aren’t disappointed when you get it. I have been waiting that long to see you in concert Roger and I was not disappointed last night. Actually, the concert even exceeded the very high expectations I had for it. My wife came with me last night and we both loved it! ~ Michael
“Incredible concert, so many memories revived, such beautiful sound. Thank you, your music reaches my heart.” ~ Mark
“I'm usually not given to writing after gigs. However! Last night's gig was truly exceptional. It is up there in my all time top three concerts. And at the ripe young age of 56, I've seen a few. Thank you for an unforgettable evening, five star performance!” ~ Paul
“Roger's voice is "gold" and unchanged from his Supertramp days. His band was incredible and the sound the best I have ever heard in a live show. There was “a lot of love" in the room and so well deserved.” ~ Marie
“Wow, wow, wow. I just returned from seeing your show which was the highlight my whole concert-going life. Roger, your music transcends time. Your ethereal voice, magical musicianship, and meaningful lyrics touches my soul. You are blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful musicians who understand brilliantly your music. Thank you again for an experience that will always be with me. Your smile on stage says it all.” ~ Clem
Reviews of Roger's DVD
”I love this DVD!! I’ve watched it over and over again with my friends and family and really do feel like it’s my own private concert. And the bonus features are great- I’ve always wondered what it’s like to be backstage… now I know! Thank you so much for putting out this DVD, it’s a dream
come true for fans like me...“
”I treasure your DVD and play it frequently. It's beautifully created and inspires such happy memories. Your recently written song 'Oh Brother' is a new favorite of mine and I'm delighted that you sang it on the DVD...“
”I just listened to your DVD and you know, I really think that you should put a sticker on the cover saying something like: "Warning This DVD contains high emotions". WOW!!! Many thanks for that soundtrack Roger...“
”I absolutely love your DVD. It is so amazing. Your voice is so beautiful still and you look so happy playing, and it all just reminds me of the days growing up. Most of all I am so happy to know you are sharing your music with the world still and how popular your music has become now. WOW I sure am impressed. All your songs have touched my heart in some sort of way through my life..."