Jimmy Roland was born in the small town of
Taylor, Texas on the 14th of September.
After relocating to Los Angeles and studying animal
husbandry, his interests switched from desiring
to become a veterinarian to one day becoming
a serious musician. After many years of rehearsing
and making sacrifices, opportunities began to present
themselves. Roland's latest recording release
Southern Hospitality is a mixture of R&B, Pop, Jazz and
a touch of gospel. The first single from this project is
the romantic love ballad, 'Let's Talk About It'.
The track is very reminiscent to the vocal stylings
of Luther Vandross and Freddie Jackson. However,
there is no mistaking that Jimmy Roland is delivering
the vocals. 'Why Must I Feel Alone' is a track for the
lonely and brokenhearted. Very much jazz influenced
with superb piano riffs and heavy upright string bass.
A great track! 'Southern Truth' is a tribute to
to Jimmy Roland's grandparents. His grandparents
were ministers and raised him during his early
childhood years in the south.
Jimmy's first professional gig(s) came in 1985,
when he was hired as a demo singer in Los Angeles
for Horrigan Productions. After five years of demo
work, he was introduced to the CEO of an independent
record label in Hollywood, Michael Quick, who
signed Jimmy to his label. Roland released his first
R&B/Pop single 'Oh! Ramona', backed with 'Just For A While'.
Another signing followed in 1995, with a
label in Toronto, Ontario. Jimmy released
his second recording, an Ep titled
'Under The Moonlight'. Jimmy was
encouraged by label executives to compose a song for
the upcoming project. Jimmy got his nerves together
and came up with what would be his most
successful composition to date, 'My Jamaica'.
Jimmy Roland has since gone on to headline and share
billing with some of music's greatest names including
Patti LaBelle, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Bangles and
Jennifer Holiday, to name a few.
Roland also has a big interest in acting. In 1997, he set
out to sample the waters and was cast as Universal Studios
Hollywood 'The Mummy', for the studios first Halloween
Horror Nights events. Universal was so impressed with
Roland's performances that they called him back to
portray the studios' Frankenstein monster for future
Halloween Horror Nights events. Roland has also
appeared on the court television show Justice For All,
where he played the role of a snooty New Orleans
landlord Lloyd Fontaine; showcasing his improvisational
skills. His most recent TV appearance was in 2015
(as himself) on The People's Court. Jimmy Roland
is preparing for more performances as 2016
is underway. Earlier this year, Jimmy Roland was cast
in a lead singing role, doubling as 'the Tinman/Hickory'
in a Los Angeles stage production of The Wizard of Oz.
Jimmy Roland not only writes his own R&B/Pop
songs, he's a live performer, has published his
music and done voice-over acting as well. In 2013,
Jimmy licensed his song My Jamaica, to the
government of Jamaica. Later that same year,
another of Jimmy's songs made it on to the
Huffington Posts' list of Top 34 Songs of 2013.
Jimmy Roland looks forward to seeing you
at one of his upcoming performances in
2016 and thereafter.
Expect a fun performance!