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Find all of my albums listed below. Click on an album cover to download the album. Pay whatever you'd like, or can afford, then download the whole album with no DRM restrictions. Please note that PayPal forces a minimum donation of $1.00USD.


- "How do I get out of the music industry?"

Dogwood Winter

A. J.'s full-length debut is ethereal and haunting. Thematically, the record deals with leaving and being left behind. Many of the album's thirteen tracks are lyrically centered around the bleakness of modern life in the once vibrant coalfield towns of Central Appalachia. Hailed by fans and hardened critics alike as a true masterpiece, 'Dogwood Winter' is a stunning collection of songs that are at once timeless and contemporary.

Revelation

A former #1 record in Europe, 'Revelation' -- the 2nd album from award-winning songwriter, A. J. Roach -- is now available world-wide. With 'Revelation', Roach has incorporated such diverse instrumentation as banjo, mandolin, trumpet, trombone, Wurlitzer piano, glockenspiel and accordion, while at the same time staying true to the Appalachian roots that defined his first record. Pair this with stunning narrative songwriting and what you have is an absolute gem of an album from start to finish.

Pleistocene

With 'Pleistocene' -- his 3rd full-length record -- Roach further demonstrates his evolution as an artist and a songwriter by moving away from music that evokes the regional sound of his boyhood home. Here the rolling hills and dark hollows of Appalachia have been transformed into the towering skyline of Roach's adopted hometown of New York City. The fiddles and mandolins have been replaced by clarinets and fleugelhorns; the footstomps by a whispering snare drum. The result is a lushly orchestrated and beautifully arranged concept album completely funded by his dedicated and ever-growing fan base.

Software Engineer

I've worked as a professional software engineer for over two decades now. I hold a bachelors degree in computer science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), and I've worked for some of the biggest brands on the planet.

Though I have worked as a database engineer, a java developer, a C/C++ developer and a systems programmer, for the bulk of my career I have worked as a web applications engineer.

My main areas of expertise are object-oriented programming, LAMP stack, Drupal and Swift, but I have a keen interest in learning and experimenting with all manner of languages and programming paradigms. I currently hold a position as Senior Developer at Johnson & Johnson.

Read some of my software-related musings by clicking here.

Maker

What I really love doing is building things. All the things that I enjoy doing day to day -- songwriting, baking, software development, woodworking -- at their core, they're all about making something beautiful out of unpolished, raw ingredients. Below you can find a few things I've made that don't fit into the other sections on this site.

Baking

Recently, I've started getting excited about making my own bread. Typically for me, I first researched it pretty extensively. After making dozens of different types of bread using store-bought packaged yeast, I decided to see if I could make my own sourdough starter and capture some wild yeast of my very own. After a few tries, I was able to manage that and now I'm baking my own sourdough bread several times a week. It's easy, healthy, delicious and fun. Here are a few loaves that I've made in the last few weeks.

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