Sultry and seductive are just two of the many tags that Quango recording artist ROSEY has tucked in her back pocket, but those come just as easily as what Entertainment Weekly once dubbed “as cool as anything you’ll hear” or as Rolling Stone described as “Boho chic, grrrl power”. Sassy and alluring, she’s sauntering back with her new album Luckiest Girl to be released in March 2008, proudly displaying a new jazzy direction that’s perfectly suited for her smoky and textured vocals.
Making huge waves with her 2002 debut album Dirty Child, Rosey graced the pages of publications such as Blender, Cosmo, Stuff Magazine, and was even featured in the Annie Leibovitz-shot pic from Vanity Fair’s uber-influential New Music Issue with Alicia Keyes, John Mayer, among many others. Launching into 2008 with a new album and a new direction, this chanteuse still remains fiercely in control of her own vision. “Making this record has been an incredible evolution for me as an artist and a woman alike,” explains the Los Angeles-based artist. “[Dirty Child] was about the trials and tribulations of a scared little girl trying to find some peace of mind in her dark and messy head. Iâ€™m a lot happier now, and that definitely comes through in the songs.”
Gravitating away from the layered alternapop of her first album, Rosey strips away the glossy production and presents a record that’s rootsy and emotional… with a real heartbeat and a purr. “People had always told me that my voice was well-suited to jazz,” she continues. “Itâ€™s always been a dream of mine to sing along with an orchestra. So anything that will get me closer to that has certainly put me on the right path.” Diving headfirst into jazz’s complex construction, Rosey not only unravels its format but finds its pulse too. “My favorite thing was recording first thing in the morning, after coffee and a few cigarettes, to get that gravelly milk tone to make me sound wise beyond my years. It was so fun, being able to create this whole new character. I had to quit the smoking though, that sh*t was killing me,” she laughs.
Kicking things off with the opening track “It’s a Ruse,” it’s apparent that Rosey hasn’t lost her sultry growl, but one thing that stands out prominently is a newfound confidence in herself as a singer and songwriter. “I knew Jazz would be an incredible challenge for me as a writer and a singer, but Iâ€™m always down for a good challenge….even if it scares the hell out of me,” she laughs. “Some of my all time favorite singers â€“ Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Nina Simone â€“ have inspired me in so many ways. Through all of their pain, there remained a cool confidence you could feel in their voices that was so desirable to me. And if there was a way to have that strength and control, while also having the freedom to get lost in a melody, then I wanted to figure out how to do it too.” From the lilting croon of “It’s Easier On Me” to the smoky torch of “Be Somebody Blues” to the reworking of “Love” which put her on the map (it first appeared on the critically-acclaimed soundtrack to Bridget Jones’ Diary), Luckiest Girl shows her maturing as an artist and as a musician.
“This whole experience of writing, producing and performing jazz has really made me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to,” she sums up. “I think that kind of confidence is hard to come by as an artist and I sure hope it lasts…cause I got big plans for all kinds of new records to come.”
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