About the artist
Despite his exotic name, Roem Baur was born in a small town in southern Texas to a 19 year-old, single Mother. He began singing in a little Southern Baptist church and went on to play drums and trumpet in grade school band before finding his voice in High School choirs. He was quickly "plucked" from his small town for his powerful tenor voice to tour Internationally. While looking over Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Africa, the 16 year-old Roem realized he had been given a gift, and thrust himself into whatever training was available to him. He went on to sing himself into the music programs of the local junior college and began his formal operatic training which continued to the University of Houston. Picking up books from the local library he taught himself guitar and piano and began writing what would inevitably cause him to drop out of classical music to pursue his love of the blues, soul, and folk music. His first gig was playing 4 hour shows for $40/night to indifferent bar crowds, who quickly turned around and within weeks were packing the club to capacity. In 2005 he won the regional MAMA Award for "Best Acoustic" artist and simultaneously won The Elly Award for "Best Actor in a Musical" for a short stint in stage acting. Building on that success he went on to play hundreds of shows over the next few years in the US and abroad, playing Thailand, Belize, Mexico and Argentina before settling down in San Francisco, California. In 2011, he locked himself in a 100 year-old church sanctuary with a grand piano, a pawn-shop guitar and a string quartet and nine nights later emerged with "The Thief", a cathartic, heart-breaking concept record of love and loss. He debuted his album at SXSW to praise among peers and fans alike.
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