Charlie Rose is an r&b/soul/pop singer and songwriter from the UK. She started out dancing, but quickly realized her musical calling.
After taking time out to re-define herself, Charlie Rose is back with a more focused and determine drive for her music. Get ready to feel the vibrant and soulful sounds of this UK star on the rise.
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EY: Where in the UK are you from?
CR: I live in the South of England in a peaceful county called Hertfordshire. I have lived here for over 20 years now and it has been my only home. I can honestly say that I will never forget the memories I have build up here since I was a young girl.
EY: What kind of music did you listen to while growing up, and who would you say influenced you the most?
CR: Growing up I have been blessed to be surrounded by various types of different music. My father’s collection of early Motown hits and 70’s rock and roll anthems was enough to get me into music eg: Pink Floyd, The Who, Status Quo, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross etc. My mother came from much more of a pop background with artists like Abba, Cliff Richard, George Michael, Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. For me though I have to say that it was the music that highlighted Strong vocals such as Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra that attracted me to sing out, using my own voice. As a family we used to listen to world music such as Clannad, Enya and Moya Brennan in the car, travelling to our family holiday destination. Even now, the influences of inspirational music such as; Clannad, Frank Sinatra and Phil Collins inspires me today. However when I was 9 years old, Christina Aguilera and Britney spears had just released their first singles, taking instantly to their sounds, it was these artists who take the credit for teaching me how to sing pop music lol
EY: You have won medals in Irish Dance after starting out as a dancer, but have you always wanted to become a singer?
CR: Although I have always had a passion for singing, my original dream has always been to join the R.A.F (Royal Air Force). When I was 12 I joined the RAC (Royal Air Cadets). I had always dreamed of being a kick butt fighter pilot lol. While kick boxing, I tore a ligament in my knee which was attached to my bone; andhad to quit the RAC due to long term knee problems. I was absolutely gutted but at the time I was already experiencing how to release my emotions into song. That same year, I developed my singing by performing Disney classics and my own songs in the school music room, and at home in my own bedroom. Although I miss the Irish dancing and my time at the RAC, my passion lies with singing and wouldn’t change it for the world. There is something so captivating and so creatively refreshing about being able to portray and release my emotions into song and performance.
EY: In 2006, you won the Brit Bus Tour Songwriting Award, how did it feel to be honored for your songwriting skills at 16 years old?
CR: Like any other award, it was such an incredible feeling of achievement and appreciation for the hard work I had put into that song ‘Created By Design’. A part of me didn’t realize at that time how good my songwriting was; even today we artists are our own worst critics.
EY: Where does your inspiration come from to write, and how would you describe your music?
CR: My inspiration comes from everyday life experiences, anything from my relationship with God (being a Christian) to daily life trials and tribulations. My debut album ‘Looking For Love’, with the exception of two tracks; was inspired by the relationships of previous ex boyfriends and the emotions I went through. I would describe my music as soulful yet passionate, encouraging the use of real organic instruments that take you to another world.
EY: Why did you decide to take time out from your musical career when you did, and how does it feel to have your parents as your manager now?
CR: At that time in my life, I was working in retail and had just left school. I needed time to re define who I was then and who I wanted to be as an artist and what that meant for ‘Charlie Rose’. As a family, we have always been very close, I love having that personal support behind me; it is something that could never be bought or replaced.
EY: Since your return, how has your music changed in comparison to when you first started singing?
CR: When I first started singing, due to the age I was at that time; my music was generally pop in nature. After taking some time out, I realized that my passion was forsoul, RnB, Gospel and Hip Hop. This album, although featuring pop beats and mainstream story lines, displays a definite change with stronger soulful vocals and mature song lyrics. I write all my own melody and lyrics and so for me, I wanted this album to showcase my talent and what I can bring to this industry.
EY: Are you currently working on an album, and when are you planning to release it?
CR: We have recently finished recording the album ‘Looking For Love’ and have just had it mastered at Metropolis Studios in London. At present, we have been focusing on radio airplay in order to advertise my new album. The release date has yet to be confirmed but we will keep everyone updated via the website at http://www.charlieroseonline.com
EY: I really like your song “where would I start”, and the video you uploaded on YouTube showcasing your piano skills, what is the story behind the words to that beautiful song?
CR: Thank you very much! Yes, I recently wrote that song in dedication to my boyfriend; Logan Baber. He has truly changed my life and shown me what it really means to love. In writing that song, I was able to put into words how I feel about him and how grateful I am to God, for the blessing of him in my life.
EY: What is your most memorable performance so far?
CR: Wow, this is a tough question! I would have to say performing at the V.I.P nightclub ‘Embassy’ In London. This performance was part of an after party celebration hosted by Chiltern FM. The event was to raise money on behalf of the Princes Charitable Trust.
EY: Do you have any plans on going overseas for tours?
CR: Unfortunately not at the moment, however we are definitely looking to arrange an album tour in the near future. On a personal level, I have always wanted to tour America and Asia.
EY: What’s next for Charlie Rose, where do you hope on going with your music?
CR: I am very excited to say I am off to the USA for three weeks at the end of November to promote my debut album. In 5 years from now I hope to be on my 4th studio album and in a position to go on a world tour! I would love to win a Brit Award!
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