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 and is regarded as the spiritual and creative force behind Supertramp.
Roger’s Breakfast in America Tour
has taken him and his band from North America to South America to Europe and
back, performing to four generations of fans. His solo touring since 2002
has also included concerts in the UK, Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Middle East,
and the North of Africa.
Hodgson has been recognized as one of
the most gifted composers, lyricists, and singers of our time. As the
signature voice of Supertramp, he gave us
in America,” “Give
a Little Bit,” “Take
the Long Way Home,”
Raining Again,” “Fool's
many others that have become the soundtrack for our lives. His timeless
classic hits are still played around the world, with some of them becoming
#1 again on the charts over 30 years after their original release.
Hodgson left the band
in 1983 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 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
Hodgson has a very
deep spirituality that 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.
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
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 duo, 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.
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,
Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy.
In May 2012, Roger was honored by France
with a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. This prestigious decoration
was established in 1957 by the French Minister of Culture to recognize
significant contributions to the arts.
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