Attorney with Robeson County roots releases album with songs about ‘Phases and Stages’
The cover of Roger Dale’s debut album entitled “Phases and Stages” is shown. The album contains six songs and a bonus track by the Nashville man with Robeson County roots.
NASHVILLE – A civil rights attorney who doubles as a country and soul singer / songwriter with roots in Robeson County recently released his extended play album entitled Phases and Stages.
The “emotional” EP contains seven tracks, all written and co-written by Roger Dale and in the Ten7Teen by Justine Blazer, who was nominated for the Josie Music Awards as “Music Producer of the Year” 2019 Josie Music Awards Studios were produced that also vocals on the track “Why Not Us.”
With a rich, soulful voice reminiscent of traditional country favorites, Dale takes listeners on a journey through love for themselves and others, showing both the good and the bad, and how those experiences shape who you are be able.
“Phases and Stages as a whole is a wild but beautiful roller coaster ride through stories about everything love brings and how it builds us up as humans,” said Dale. “It means so much to me to finally release my debut EP album of songs that I have written that convey stories straight from my heart. I hope listeners love the songs as much as I do and find one or a few to connect with. “
The 37-year-old’s sound, originally from Pembroke, is heavily influenced by his southern roots and love for authentic country music. Robeson County’s listeners will appreciate the Parr Usual track “Boys Like Me” more as it is reminiscent of Dale’s hometown.
“So much of me is in my music because I’m from, so you’ll hear that in some of the lyrics,” Dale said. “My heritage and my culture are everything, so it’s definitely reflected in my music.”
Dale’s background as a civil rights attorney and Native American gives his songs a unique perspective and sense of unity that resonates on a broader level.
“I’m writing from a real place,” said Dale. “Either I’m going through it or someone I know is going through it or has been through it, and so I bring my visions to life through music. A lot of the cases I’ve worked on and even am a civil rights activist – the song “One World, One Love” is about that. “
“One World, One Love” was written on January 6th after the riot at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. At the time, Dale lived about 15 minutes from the event and personally experienced “the chaos”.
“That was pretty traumatic. As a civil rights attorney and working for the federal government, it was actually surprising to see democracy fall apart so quickly, ”said Dale. “I was really deaf. I was shocked more than anything. I couldn’t believe the Capitol was overthrown by citizens. It was really chaotic. “
That night the sirens got louder and Dale couldn’t sleep, so he started recording his thoughts. The result was a song about unity and discarding differences.
“I honestly didn’t know it was going to be a song I was going to record, but I had to get it out because it was just plain upsetting,” he said.
Being an advocate and watching our democracy fall by the wayside has shown Dale even more of the importance of getting the word out through your music.
“I know my voice is here for a reason, and I speak out against oppression and undeserved communities that never had a voice. It’s always been my life’s work as a lawyer and I bring the same to music, ”said Dale. “My goal is to do this not just for myself, but for everyone else who never had a chance and continues to be oppressed. That gave me a little more fire than I saw and lived through. “
He hopes that his music will bring people together.
“No matter what race or religion we have, no matter where you come from, we are one and must come together and learn to love again. I hope that putting aside our differences will resonate not only with people in our country but around the world, ”said Dale. “I stand for love. I hope it brings peace and love to all who hear it, and that’s why I wrote it. “
The EP also includes “Love Don’t Love Me Like It Use To,” “Second Chance,” and “White Noise,” as well as a bonus track titled “Chasing Blue,” a song written about awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I have to have a vision and then last October the album title came to me. It was “Phases and Stages” and I liked that. All seven of these songs fit exactly into what they mean, ”said Dale.
Dale has been releasing music all the time in anticipation of his debut project, while also gaining a loyal following, earning him nearly 15,000 monthly Spotify listeners. Please visit https://rogerdaleofficial.com/ for more information.
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