“There are many languages spoken around the globe. Of all the languages known, music is the universal language that everyone understands and the only one which connects us in harmonic unity. In addition, it is a force that heals the soul.” - D Rolark
Multi-Instrumentalist; Composer; Producer; Recording Artist; 5 x Honorary Independent Award Recipient
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MUSIC NEWS: OCTOBER 2021
(Single available now on all streaming platforms; Album available in late October)
As 2021 enters the tenth month of the year, it is a promising month gaining new fans and listeners on Spotify with the 2020 release of Tonality. A record seven singles [the most from any album] have been released and has been placed on over a dozen playlists on various sites. In addition, the album has gained massive airplay on various Smooth Jazz and R&B internet radio stations globally from London to Spain and here in the United States.
The lead-off single from the tenth album, Key Factor, has been released in late August. since then, it has gained over 2,400 streams on Spotify. Since promotion from the last two albums has remained on Independent music charts globally and consistent touring doing live shows locally, Key Factor: The Album, has been moved to late October release.
In addition, D Rolark's 2019 album, This Moment, has been re-issued and 6 tracks have been released on Spotify which has reached over 63,000 streams, making it (and Tonality) the fastest growing releases so far to date gaining over 100,000 streams combined. As a result of the enormous success of Tonality, D Rolark has earned his fifth Honorary Platinum Award. This makes it to date 5 awards since 2015!.
In June 2021, D Rolark's 2018 release, Pleasant Getaway, was re-issued in time to bring in the summer season with tracks such as the title track, "Caribbean Sun", "Barbados Moon", "Road Trip", "Smooth Journey", "Miles Away", and "Cancun Nights", making this a perfect smooth soundtrack to introduce the summer season. In addition, "Pleasant Getaway" has earned over 12,000 streams on Spotify.
In May 2021, D Rolark has earned his fourth Honorary Platinum Award commemorating multiple streams and outstanding Contemporary Instrumental performance for Tonality. In addition, his wife (Electric/Synth violinist, Dawn) also earned her very first Honorary Platinum Award commemorating over 9,600 streams (so far to date) and Outstanding Violin Performance by Duo or Group for the singles "Meant To Be" and "Standing Together". If anyone is wondering, both singles were released on limited edition CD (only a small number of copies were produced), but both singles are from the aforementioned albums ("Meant To Be" from This Moment and "Standing Together" from Tonality).
In case if anyone is wondering, D Rolark has been, still is, and always will be a member of the cover band, Da Fellas Band, currently celebrating 24 years of Jazz (both Straight Ahead and Smooth), R&B, Pop, Classic Rock, and Dance Music. Although the shows that they do are mostly private events, their touring schedule is massive. D Rolark serves not only as the co-founder of the band, but also the Music Director of the band.
As mentioned earlier, D Rolark will be releasing his 10th album entitled "Key Factor: The Album". The album will feature his wife, Dawn, on the single "Step by Step", along with other singles combining elements of Contemporary Jazz, Neo-Soul, Pop, and Soul/R&B In November 2021 the long-awaited full-length collaboration Christmas album, "A D & D Connection Christmas", a holiday duo collaboration with Dawn on Electric/Synth Violin, will finally be released with guest vocalists.
This is all part of D Rolark's vision as a musician, songwriter, composer, and producer.
In regards to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting performances in 2020, it is a pleasure to announce that D Rolark's schedule of shows have resumed after a year and a half of keeping safe. Although this is promising news to fans, as well as the music entertainment business, it is strongly advised to continue practicing safety guidelines in order to remain safe. The more the people adhere to the guidelines, the faster the pandemic will officially come to an end. As it is written, no weapon formed against anyone shall prosper. We pray that everyone remain safe as the world re-opens. This is a powerful reminder and notion that the power of music always triumphs over all circumstances and challenges that today's culture tries to throw at so many individuals. In these times, the essence of music is continually being created and several videos are being posted on social media throughout the month of October