John Roy – Oakland Singer/Songwriter

An interview with John Roy, Oakland Singer and Songwriter. Enjoy his videos below. Amazing talent!


How long have you been singing?
I guess around 35 years

Did you write the music and lyrics?

Where can people see you sing (if applicable)?
Right now, I’m not playing regularly at one place, but will play at clubs and coffee houses on occasion.

Who are your favorite bands/singers?
Nowadays, I don’t really have a favorite. I listen to a lot of bands/singers.  Music, at least on a grand scale now, has really changed. It’s more of a money-making scene than it is about the music itself. There are exceptions though. I like anything that moves me and evokes a feeling. I do however keep an ear open for anything Dwight Yokum does.

Who are your musical inspirations?

When I first started, I listened to a lot of 50’s and 60’s R&B which really inspired me to play and write music. Early on it was Roy Orbison, Creedance Clearwater Revival, early Springsteen, Little Steven, the Asbury Park scene.

Does anyone else in your family have musical talent?
My father sang at the Copa when he was younger and continues to sing. He and I record together. He recently recorded two songs I wrote.

What genre of music do you love?
I guess my favorite music genres would be straight up American rock ’n roll, R&B, traditional country and blues.

What genre of music do you dislike, if any?
I don’t really dislike any, just prefer some over others.

Which do you enjoy more, writing music or lyrics?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I’d have to say they’re both equally satisfying and frustrating at the same time. Sometimes a song seems to write itself and other times it takes a while. You’ll come with a simple melody in your head while you’re driving or whatever and get all excited. Then it might take another two months to finish song. Sometimes I’ll put it down and revisit it to get a fresh perspective. However a song gets done, it’s equally rewarding.


John Roy’s newest release, “Anyone’s Son”. With Bartley Norman on cello and viola, Oakland resident, JJ Belle on bass and harmony vocals. The video was shot on location in West Orange and Newark, NJ by Bohm-Marrazzo Productions with Amanda Taylor Wener. Edited by Paul Cuciti.
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