(Video link here.) In 2005, Mark Johnson was walking in Santa Monica, California, when he heard Roger Ridley singing “Stand By Me” with stunning soul and conviction. Mark asked, “With a voice like yours, why are you singing on the streets?”
Roger replied, “Man I’m in the Joy business, I come out to be with the people.”
Mark returned with a recording equipment and cameras to record Roger for Playing for Change, a movement he started with Whitney Kroenke to record “the inspiration and heartbeat of the people”, through music.
It was the start of this surprising, crazy-beautiful rendition of Ben E. King’s 1960’s classic Stand By Me performed across many countries and cultures: a quick world tour of joy…
(We want to be in th JOY BUSINESS!!!!)
With thanks to Chris Eldredge for sending it our way!