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Meet Trailblazer Ariel Rose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariel Rose.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ariel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a singer/songwriter from Miami, Florida. I have been singing in front of audiences since I was six years old. I grew up in a very musical household, which I believe influenced my passion for music and performing at a very early age. My father is a classically trained pianist and both of my grandfathers were musicians. I did a lot of musical theater at the Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables and became known as the “Anthem Singer” in South Florida. For several years, I was the Official Anthem Singer for the Florida Panthers Hockey Team. I have performed for every major sports team and many events in South Florida including the Miami Open, the Miami Marathon, and the Dolphins Cycle Challenge. Giving back is something I really enjoy, and I have performed for many charity organizations such as the Special Olympics, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Relay For Life, and many others. I still sing for the Special Olympics in Miami-Dade every year and have done so since I was 12 years old.

When I was 15 years old, I had an incredible opportunity to work with the Latin-Grammy nominated producer, Juan Vicente Zambrano. I co-wrote my first album, “Rhythms of Life,” with him. The album appears on iTunes, Spotify, and all other streaming services. Even though I don’t speak Spanish (but I’m learning now), and I am not Hispanic, the album was half in Spanish, as I’ve always loved Latin music and had a passion for singing in other languages. My original songs from that album have won several awards and I became a top requested artist on Women of Substance Radio.

I am a graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and am a classically trained vocalist (although I consider myself a pop singer.) I believe that classical training is an amazing foundation for singing any style of music. In the winter of 2017, I went on the National Tour of Cirque Dreams, “Holidaze,” where I was a lead vocalist, the Ice Queen. That was a blast and I learned so much from that experience.

Fast forward to today and I am almost ready to release my new music! I am also currently performing around South Florida for many different events (check my website, www.iamarielrose.com, for the latest dates) and grateful every day to be doing what I love.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I wouldn’t say it’s been a particularly smooth road. But, I have been very blessed with an incredibly supportive family who has always been there for me to cheer me on and tell me to never give up when things got tough. I would say that one of my biggest struggles has been developing my identity as an artist. The fact that I can sing any genre of music has been a big plus, but also a hindrance, as it has been difficult to create an image for myself that people can identify with. I feel that in this day and age you really have to have a clear brand for yourself, but that is not always easy to do when you can sing anything. I have a musical theater background, am trained in opera, can sing in Spanish, German, Italian, French and Portuguese. I can sing in any genre from rock to country, pop to disco, and the classics to jazz. I have learned to accept that it’s actually a good thing that I can be so versatile, but it can also be confusing to your audience. The advice I would give to other young women starting their journey is to believe in yourself. Everything starts when you believe you have the ability to achieve your dreams. After that, all you have to do is come up with a plan and try to stick to it as best you can. In addition, it’s important to surround yourself with people who also believe in you so you have a strong support system and the team of people you can call upon. It’s not always easy to do, but once you find those people don’t let them go!

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I have a unique ability to make people feel and take audiences on a journey throughout my performances. I love that I can make a person’s day better. I actually have had people come up to me after a performance and say; “Wow, I had such a bad day and you made it a little bit better. Thank you.” And just to hear those words makes all of the ups and downs of this business and life I chose worth it. What sets me apart from other performers is that I don’t limit myself. If something seems challenging, I’m always interested in proving to myself that I can do it. And I always do.

Which women have inspired you in your life?
I know it sounds cliché, but my mom has been a huge inspiration to me growing up. She is an attorney and former Judge here in South Florida, and her own “Girl Boss.” She has pushed me to never give up and to keep working towards my dreams. She has encouraged me to take every opportunity that presents itself and also to create my own opportunities in life. My mom is a very strong and independent woman, who has accomplished so much for herself and I hope to be like her one day.

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