J.J. Rolle, singer, actor, Judge at Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest –VDT 2021-08-29

Amanda M. Usher, The Valdosta Daily Times, 29 August 2021, Soul Man: Rolle makes his mark singing, acting,

John Jeffery ‘J.J.’ Rolle is a performer and judge at the recent Fourth Annual Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest. Rolle has been a musician for decades.

VALDOSTA — “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages … put your hands together for Valdosta’s very own, J.J. Rolle,” emcee Wes James called out at the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest.

[J.J. Rolle: judge and performer; Photo: Angela Duncan]
J.J. Rolle: judge and performer; Photo: Angela Duncan

John Jeffery “J.J.” Rolle, longtime entertainer and one of three judges at the contest held last week, strummed an upbeat tempo to the tune of “Blackwater” by the Doobie Brothers.

Though the guitar was Rolle’s choice of instrument, he doesn’t consider himself a guitarist.

“I play enough to write songs and accompany myself while singing,” he said. “I do consider myself a singer. I guess my voice would be my instrument.”

There’s more about J.J.’s background in the article, singing and acting.

The article continues:

For the last three years, Rolle has been listening to and judging musicians in the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest.

The event annually benefits WWALS Watershed Coalition.

Supporting awareness events is the norm for Rolle.

While in Europe, he was a member of the Dublin Pride Committee, he said.

In 1986, he partnered with Students Against Violating the Environment to organize Valdosta’s first Earth Day observance, he said.

He added he organized a Valdosta rally/march held in protest of the death penalty.

“I’ve done my share of awareness things,” Rolle said. “I do things that I feel are important.”

The actor/singer/songwriter is looking to further his acting.

He said his music videos can be found on YouTube.

Here is his YouTube channel.

For all about the Fourth Annual Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest see:

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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