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Roderick Allen is an American music composer, producer, arranger, songwriter, & instrumental recording artist currently residing in Durham, North Carolina. Although a versatile musician, he has a strong preference for the urban-contemporary characteristics of smooth jazz. Born in 1971 in Fayetteville, NC, Mr. Allen became greatly influenced by the works of Stevie Wonder, James “D -Train” Williams, and George Duke. As a juvenile growing up in Raeford, NC, Fayetteville, NC, and Ft. Lee, VA, he took an interest in playing keyboards and piano after his best friend Stanley Thompson began writing and recording original songs. Roderick soon found himself surrounded by very talented musicians and singers. This would ultimately play a significant role in his development as a musician and producer. In 1990 Roderick enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and after settling at Camp LeJeune, NC, he began performing with local bands. Although his skills as a musician earned him positions in various bands, it is his ability to compose and arrange intriguing original music that has gained him the most notoriety. In 2004, an online radio station facilitated his climb to the #13 position on its Top 100 Jazz Artists of 2004, an independent chart largely occupied by some of the biggest names in smooth jazz. Since then, he has worked tirelessly building his brand and bolstering his repertoire of quality smooth jazz compositions as heard on his debut album entitled ELEVATION MUSIC. ELEVATION MUSIC is a production of tranquil smooth jazz keyboards and sultry up-tempo grooves featuring award-winning saxophonists Marcus Anderson & Eric Marienthal. The album was released on Oct 9th 2015 and just four days later, it became the #1-selling smooth jazz album on Amazon.com. The album continues to gain airplay throughout the world. Also featured on the album is sensational jazz pianist Bob Baldwin and a host of other very talented instrumentalists including Quamon Fowler (saxophone), Richard Boulger (trumpet), Russ Corvey (guitar), Ashley “Aluv” Doe (electric bass), Reggie Buie (piano) & powerful singer/ songwriter Stanley Thompson. Mr. Allen is currently producing and recording music for other artists including Reggie Codrington (saxophone) and Preston Smith (trumpet). He is also recording a second smooth jazz album.