Today we’d like to introduce you to Rozee Music.
Rozee, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born & raised in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. My father was a minister and well-known vocalist in our community and my mother, an educator and self-taught pianist/organist. This is where all my musical abilities come from. I was always a musical child, and according to my mother, I sang before I could even speak or walk properly. I remember as a child, I would either make up my own songs just walking around our home or I would be singing along to musicals like West Side Story and The Sound of Music.
Throughout High School, I would constantly write poetry and songs. I also participated in school and church programs, and talent shows around the island, but always thought of music as a hobby. However, I knew I wanted to be on stage. It’s where I feel most at home.
In 2005, I left the island and moved to Miami where I attended Barry University in Miami Shores. While studying for my major in Graphic Design, I met a few producers and artists from the Miami music scene and began performing, writing, and recording demos and features for other Caribbean artists. It was a great time, and it allowed me the opportunity to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes. In fact, the first time I stepped into a professional recording studio was in Broward County.
I left Miami and moved to LA in 2012, not to pursue music so much, but for a bit of a life change. I was dealing with industry politics, my mom had passed away in 2009 (my dad passed in 1995), and I was also dealing with a bad breakup. So two weeks after visiting a friend there, I packed up my things and drove west to LA. It wasn’t until about two years after I moved that I started writing and recording again. At the time, none of my friends knew that I sang or that I even did music. But I was fortunate meet and work with producers like Michael Wilson & Dre Knight (Frank Ocean, K. Michelle), Orlando Williamson (The Aristocrats), Johnny Thomas (Lupe Fiasco) and co-writing with the likes of Matthew Fonson (Chante Moore), Shanell Jones-Harris (Music Supervisor) and Alix Fullerton (Franny Arrieta, Nezza, Costi). Through Knight and Jones-Harris, I was presented with the opportunity to be a vocalist for the film “Sister Code” starring Amber Rose and Eva Marcille. I was also a member of LA-based pop-rock band “Soul Rising,” starting as a background vocalist and eventually lead vocalist. I have written and recorded many genres, from pop-rock to hip hop, country, and gospel. Never fully developing my sound.
I’ve performed at venues such as The Hotel Cafe, The Avalon Hollywood, House of Blues (Anaheim & San Diego), Xen Lounge, The Canyon Club, and The Rose (Pasadena). I’ve also performed with Billboard & SESAC award-winning smooth jazz musician Gabriel Bello and opened for many acts including Macy Gray and The Spinners.
When I perform I leave it all at the door. I perform to connect with my audience, and it’s an experience that has left people wanting more while teary-eyed at the end of the night.
My style and sound has evolved so much from that little girl who sang in the church choir. It’s much more sultry, smooth and sensual but still commanding. I like to refer to my all time favorite artist “Sade” for inspiration. It has been a journey, but every experience has taught me more about myself, and I’m a better artist and businesswoman because of it.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do? Why? And what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a singer-songwriter-performer-graphic designer-entrepreneur, and whatever else I need to be that day. I make music about life experiences. I make honest music that moves people, and I make music that makes love feel good. I want people to know that it’s ok to be emotional sometimes. We’re only human, and we sometimes deprive ourselves of emotional connection for fear of being hurt. But we mostly hurt ourselves by doing so. I want my music to represent truth and freedom. Freedom to live and say exactly how you feel even if it’s not the most popular thing to do. I want women to be bold and vulnerable about the things we go through in relationships. Because some of the things people do and go through are absolutely crazy.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think artists today have much more of an advantage and much more control of their art and what they choose to do with it. The digital age has definitely made a lot of things more accessible, but it has also diminished some of the quality and content of music. I think “artist life” has evolved. If you’ve got the right amount of money, you can definitely accomplish a lot. But if you are a “starving artist” with some talent, amazing marketing skills and you are able to connect with strangers through the various social media and performance platforms; there is no telling where your career may go.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My debut EP “Retrospect” is set to be released in May 2019. The project is a “retrospective” journey through love, heartbreak, relationships, and female empowerment. Production includes influences of pop, r&b, soul, and rock with hints of Afro-Caribbean pop. My music is available on all digital platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, and Amazon Music. People can support my music by downloading or streaming on their favorite platform. They can feel free to send donations via my website. www.rozeemusic.com
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