Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Performer, a Los Angeles native, Roman was discovered at the age of seven singing “The Perfect Nanny” from Mary Poppins at a talent show produced by the daughter of acclaimed television producer Jerome Courtland (The Love Boat). It was a moment that would define Roman’s direction and education, as well as every decision Roman would make from that point on.
Roman spent the next four years studying opera while secretly / not so secretly listening to famed LA radio station KJLH. While appreciating the solid foundation and ability to keep a vocal range of over four octaves due to the training, Roman knew his heart was in the soulful and emotional R&B he was hearing from his new vocal idols, Luther Vandross, Shirley Murdock, Stephanie Mills, Prince, and George Michael – and of course, a little later, The Queens, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Toni Braxton. It was the latter that combined with life circumstances requiring Roman to move to Las Vegas at an incredibly early age that would lead him to his other music love, the vocal house music of the ’90s.
And luckily for him, he fell smack dab in the middle of two of the most influential musicians in all of Vegas. One would become his foster mother, and both would inspire him and influence his sound and musical direction forever. His foster mama, as he calls her, is Bernadette Bascom, the first woman signed to Stevie Wonder’s label. And the second musician is the person Roman says is the best vocal dance music artist of all time: Kristine W. You can hear these two ladies’ influence the most in Roman’s voice and music.
After recording many sample tracks for several Motown producers, such as Frank Busey, the producer of Mary Wilson and Rockwell (“I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me”), Roman was offered a chance to put together his own band and show to showcase on the Sunset Strip. Already, Roman’s life was making good subject matter for his music writing. This culminated in a sold-out show and showcase of Roman’s original music at the world-renowned Key Club. With music jobs flooding him from LA, Miami, and eventually Barcelona, Spain, Roman picked up and moved to the latter. In Barcelona, Madrid, Ibiza, his love for dance music intensified, and his self-awareness and comfort as an out gay man in the music industry was blossoming.
Moving back to LA after living abroad for a couple of years was an interesting challenge but an opportunity for growth. Roman continued to perform in LA and Seattle, from helping to open the The Triple Door in Seattle with his Mama Bernadette Bascom, to recording in LA, to playing Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and being a featured vocalist for the world-renowned Seattle Men’s Chorus. Roman has kept himself busy.
Now, Roman has teamed up with So Fierce Music and the incredible Velvet Code. There is a natural synergy with Velvet and the So Fierce Music mission. Roman comes to So Fierce Music at a creative high.
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