Glen Roethel fell in love with the guitar at age 11. In awe of the myriad sounds trapped within this 6-stringed wonder Glen spent hours every day exploring it's mysteries, then after a year of hard work (intense fun) he auditioned for and was hired as lead guitarist by his first professional band, Focus. With Focus, Glen was paid to perform at parties, church dances, school and town events, and before long he was negotiating contracts, recording, writing songs and developing marketing materials. Through high school Glen continued his work in various original, pop rock, acoustic and musical projects on guitar, bass, piano and vocal - writing, recording and producing. In the summer after graduating, he played solo (originals and covers by Supertramp, James Taylor, Steely Dan, Joe Jackson, Yaz, America and many others), recorded and toured locally with a new group, The Passengers, and joined a wedding band (Champage) which typically performed 130 events each year. This young wedding band was very strong in harmony and fun showmanship and Glen quickly expanded his repertoire from Manhattan Transfer and Sinatra to B-52s, Pat Benatar, Beatles and Rolling Stones; continuing on the club date circuit for ten years provided a valuable education - and paid the rent. Not to be limited stylistically, Glen later played guitar and recorded with the Pat Nichols band (a signed rock project) and also in his own Buddha Babies project (a Buddhist fusion of Cuban, Peruvian, African American players and styles), keyboards in a Reggae band, lead vocals, bass and guitar in his heavy alternative rock band, GUSH, and many more. More recently, and notably, in addition to his career as a solo artist Glen performs with his folk-rock harmony trio, Gathering Time, and recently performed in concert with A Few Good Men - a Jazz ensemble comprised of three ex-felons from Sing-Sing prison with a special guest, the president of Deutsche Bank on drums.
Glen Roethel is a rare performer often described as “sweet”, “motivating”, “captivating”, “energizing,” but most folks appreciate that Glen is a singer-songwriter with a penchant for positive, intentional lyrics, a devout music community builder, a passionately-in-love husband and a generous, welcoming performer. His songs and music have been heard on nationally syndicated commercial radio, college and international radio, as well as on TV. To his credit are two self-produced, independent CDs (From Beginning to End, Smaller Things [Inspireline]), co-creation of AcousticMusicScene.com (a website which presents news and commentary for the Folk, Roots & Singer-Songwriter communities), guitar and song coaching at Summersongs.com and at the SoundConnections Conference in Missouri. Recently he achieved songwriter contest finalist for the Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival, he saw his song "Namaste'" featured in a multi-media exhibit at the Presidential Museum in Texas for three months, and his new song, "People of the Earth" was published in a New Thought songbook for The Association of Unity Churches International. Glen's live shows delight audiences with acoustic guitar wizardry, vocal proficiency and soothing melodic tones. In 2009 he was nominated for a coveted “Posi Award” for positive music and brought his guitar skills to the Posi Awards house band; he has performed at faith- and peace-oriented events in the U.S., and folks here, in Europe, China and Japan have all enjoyed his songs and engaging performances on the radio or at retreats, benefits, concerts and conferences. The folk-rock harmony trio, Gathering Time, which Glen founded in 2007, has released two singles and one full-length CD to high acclaim, has toured the northeastern U.S. to a thirsty public and plans a high-profile year in 2011 with the release of its new CD project and school nutrition campaign, Red Apples & Gold. http://www.glenroethel.com http://epk.gatheringtimetrio.com