Guitar, vocals, songwriting, performance and energy — for Folk music, Rock music and beyond!
Glen Roethel brings a fresh energy to the camp experience. He is the founder of the recently popular (now reformed) folk-rock harmony trio Gathering Time, and co-founder of AcousticMusicScene.com, a website which presents news and commentary for the Folk, Roots & Singer-Songwriter communities. His influences include Folk, Rock, Heavy Alt, Reggae, Soul, Punk, Beach, Techno, Classical, and Pop. He teaches guitar, songwriting and performance at SummerSongs East and West (SummerSongs.com), and is known for his creative, fun multi-modal classes (which enrich players of all skill levels), plus legendary late-night jam-singalong-dance parties which ring out in the night after the evening coffeehouses and song circles have wrapped up.
He was a songwriter contest finalist for the Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival and a jury-selected performer at the 5th Annual Singer Songwriter Cape May festival. He saw his song “Namaste” featured in a multi-media exhibit at the Presidential Museum in Texas for three months, and his songs, “People of the Earth” and “Morning Prayer” published in New Thought songbooks for Unity Worldwide Ministries (“People of the Earth” was later published in the Hal Leonard Corp songbook, 101 Inspiring Songs: The Ultimate New Thought Fakebook).
In 2013, Glen received honors from the 30th Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), Songwriters’ Association of Washington, DC for three songs: “Sweet Cider” [Honorable Mention in the Country / Bluegrass music category]; “The Family Tree” [Honorable Mention in the Acoustic / Folk music category]; and “Dandelion Dreams” [Honorable Mention in the Open category]), plus three Posi Award nominations for his songs “Beautiful Now” and “Family” from his recent CD, Unfolding [Inspireline, 2013]. In 2014, a third song from his Unfolding CD, “Together” was also nominated for a Posi Award (Positive music).
Performance / Recordings
Glen Roethel is a rare performer often described as “sweet,” “motivating,” “energizing” – but most folks simply 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. Glen’s live shows delight audiences with acoustic guitar wizardry, ukulele fun, vocal fireworks and soothing melodic tones. 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 six self-produced CDs (From Beginning to End, Smaller Things, Unfolding [solos, Inspireline Records]; Red Apples And Gold, Songs of Hope and Freedom [Gathering Time, Inspireline Records]; ambition [gush, Indigo Records]); beautiful compilations of new “healing” songs (Infinite Surface Of The Heart) and winter holiday season songs (More Than A Season) from the Posi label, [emPower Music & Arts]; as well as performances and co-writes on gorgeous and award-winning recordings by Penny Nichols, Sloan Wainwright, Sue Riley, Joe Iadanza, Paul Helou, Angela McKenzie, Mara Levine, Josh Joffen, Kayli Joseph, Phil Teumim, Mitch Katz, Amy Soucy & Sharon Goldman, DejaVoodoo, Grimm Jack, Pat Nichols Band, and others.
As a corporate and private entertainer, his performances and 5-star reviews have earned Glen the “Best of 2012,” “Best of 2013” and “Best of 2015” and “Best of 2016” awards at Gigmasters.com, the premiere online booking agency, and 5-Star Top Performer at GigSalad.com for the New York City area.