Send a Songwriter to the Folk Alliance




This is a personal fundraiser for an opportunity for me to cover travel and lodging expenses during the Folk Alliance International conference that will be held in New Orleans from January 22-26, 2020, one of the primary networking opportunities in the folk music scene. This would be a tremendous opportunity for me to get to know the folks there. If you would like to help, here is a link to the GoFundMe page.

"Homeless Sky" on Top 100 List for homelessness



Michael R. J. Roth | Homeless Sky

Thanksgiving is a time not only to give thanks for what we have, but also to remember those who are in need. I am honored to learn that my song "Homeless Sky" has been included in Hope 4 Restoration's Top 100 list of songs about homelessness: (


Hope 4 Restoration is founded by Tim Houchen who once was formally homeless. Through his experience living on the streets he has the knowledge of the barriers that chronically homeless individuals must overcome to get back to a place of restoration. The desire is to provide existing resources and services and identify those that are non-existent and find ways to provide those resources to the chronically homeless. His approach is from a homeless perspective.


I encourage you to learn more about the organization and donate to their efforts to help the homeless. You can find out about the organization and donate here:


The songs are part of the "Longest Night" memorial event that takes place on December 21. The "Longest Night" is Orange County's official event in recognition of National Homeless Persons Memorial Day and has been sponsored by Hope 4 Restoration annually since 2014. The event takes place in more than 175 cities across America each year on the winter solstice. It's the shortest day for most people, but it is the Longest Night for persons experiencing homelessness and often the coldest night as well.


See more on the event here:

You can find my song here:

The Things That You Get Used To

The Things That You Get Used To

"The Things That You Get Used To" by Michael R. J Roth & Harri Wolf

Out now on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more. A reflection on living and dying by two award-winning songwriters.

Dallas Songwriters Association Lyric Winners!

Song Winnerss in Austin!

"Ashes in Paradise" DSA Lyric Winner

Pleased to announce my friend and co-writer Harri Wolf won first place in the Dallas Songwriters Association Spring 2019 Lyric Contest for our song "Ashes in Paradise."

Meeting with Lori McKenna

Michael R. J. Roth with Lori McKenna

The best part of winning the NSAI/CMT Song Contest was meeting Lori McKenna!

Three Finalists in Austin



Sweet: "Movin' On" is a finalist in the Bare Bones, Folk/Americana and Lyrics categories. "The Price Of A Song" and "Blasphemous Kiss" also made it in the Lyrics  category.

"Hearts Wide Open" now on CD Baby!

"Hearts Wide Open" was the First-Place Christian Category Winner in the 2016 Dallas Songwriters Association Songwriting Competition.

"A real John Prine feel to the lyric writing in this song. 'From the dogs at addiction that tug at our sleeves….' This is a great line along with so many others in this song. '…laying our pride at the foot of the cross' is another one. Very strong. Could be the best set of lyrics in this entire competition. This is thoughtful, unique and exceptional lyric writing." - Dallas Songwriters Association Grand Prize Judge, Roy Elkins 

Available on CD Baby here.

"The Price of a Song" Wins NSAI Lyric Contest!

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