jr_pencil-200x250Who is Johnny Roy?

Musician, Vocalist, Songwriter, Author, VASST Trainer, Videographer, Software Architect.

As a keyboard player, his early influences were musicians like Peter Nero, Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Smith, and later Lee Michaels, Rick Wakeman, and Keith Emerson. He admires songwriters like Burton Cummings and Randy Newman for their unique songwriting styles, and bands like Yes, Genesis, ELP, and Gentle Giant for their musicianship and willingness to push the envelope of progressive rock. John spent 10 years back in the 70’s as a working rock musician paying his dues in nightclubs and studios the NY tri-state area. His interest in the early days of electronic music and MIDI programming ultimately lead to a career in the field of computer science. After discovering his new passion for videography in 2000, John has come full circle back to his roots of music composition and scoring music for video.  When not making music, editing video, or designing new software plug-ins, you can find John hanging out on at the Creative Cow Vegas forum where he is a moderator for the Sony Vegas Pro forum, at the Digital Media Network forums where he is a moderator for the Sony ACID and Vegas Scritping forum, and on the Sony Creative Software Vegas forums under the username JohnnyRoy.

Johnny Roy was my stage name for the 10 years that I played live 5 nights a week in a rock band (circa 1970-1980). My uncle Jimmy Rofrano (who’s real name was Vincent James Rofrano) played guitar in Al Goodman’s orchestra and took the name Jimmy Roy. He died before he could see me play professionally so I took the stage name Johnny Roy in his honor.

Contact: johnnyroy at johnrofrano dot com

About the Author

Avatar photo John Rofrano is a Senior VASST Trainer and the author of Instant ACID, a book on Sony ACID Pro software, from CMP Books. He is also the developer of Ultimate S Pro, Vegas Pro Production Assistant, Mayhem, and other software plug-ins including the FASST Apps for Sony Vegas Pro NLE software. John has been a performing musician, singer, songwriter for over 40 years, and programmer and computer architect for the past 28 years. He is also a forum moderator at the Creative COW.