We lost DeWayne Julius Rogers, better known to us as “D.J. Rogers”.
Sadly ignored, Rogers was a singer and songwriter who brought the organically-visceral power of Soul Music to his craft just as hard as any of the more famous legends in the business.
His awareness of the Black diaspora chapter in America. His command of Soul Music. His subtle and shining nods to Gospel. The emotion. His innate sense for groove. All of these flavors are evident in his catalog of music.
And he deliciously rocked rocked ears for nearly half a century.
“Bailout” is an underground classic among diggers.
“Will you Remember Me” shows the sweetness of his writer’s touch.
“Beulah Jean” is one of my favorite tracks from Rogers. A sad song for sure, but so engaging …
“He Makes It Alright” shows how he ruled Gospel.
And of course, there’s “Say You Love Me”, his most popular song.
Rest in Love, Bro …