“The music business is a tough industry. I have experienced tons of rejection. It one of the hardest and most emotional things I’ve done.” – @Aliroseinc
GETTING TO KNOW ALI ROSE
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
The music business…
is a tough industry. I have experienced tons of rejection. It one of the hardest and most emotional things I’ve done. For me, it comes in waves. Everything is great and running smoothly, I’m getting great feedback and gigs are lined up. Other times its hard finding gigs and rejection just never leaves. But I keep my head high because I know in my heart this is what I am meant to do. My parents are a huge help with keeping my head on my shoulders.
I love social media…
I think it’s an essential thing to really be in the business! It’s a great way to find fans and to be fans of other people! Social media has really opened doors and opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t had social media.
I think releasing a single is awesome!
It keeps people curious and wanting to hear more of your music! When you release an album your giving everything to the listener so easy and fast, there is very little wonder.
Is there to much emphasis on being current and trendy or Is there a balance that you have found helpful in your artistic decisions…
I think a little bit of both! I think there is a big problem for some artist to all is a like. But if you listen to some music now, Like Indie or folk, it’s Farley different! I think it all depends!
My personal definition of success is..
I think my biggest success so far was being able to go to school full time and juggle music at the same time. A lot of my friends in high school have forfeited the future for the present. I’ve had to really sacrifice “fun things” that my friends are doing to pursue making my dreams come true. I was able to gig every week, stay on top of my grades as well as staying true to who I am and keeping a good sense of self. My personal definition of success is having a goal and achieving it and thinking you couldn’t have done it better!
My over all goal for my life is…
to stay positive and show people the goodness in life, to show love and appreciation to them but also to love and appreciate myself. My over all goal for my career is to be the best me I can be. I want to do my best and whatever happens, happens.
3 Ways that I challenge myself and how each one moves me forward towards my goal.
1) Changing up every song I write- music, melody, lyrics!
2) Study others who are good musicians and songwriters.
3) Practice, Practice, Practice- Daily!
I guess you could say I’ve been singing all my life…
but officially began my vocal training with private lessons when I was about 13 years old. I wrote my first “real” original song at 13 years old. I come from a musical family. My dad is an accomplished violinist and is my ‘back-up band,’ playing with me during my performances. My older sister plays violin and viola. Music has always been a central part of my life.
As long as I can remember, my parents drug me around town to see different local singers and bands. Growing up, our family didn’t go to movies together—we went to hear live music. Local favorites in Denver included the Sharla Jackson Band, Wendy Woo, and Dotsero. When I was four years old, Sharla Jackson asked me to sing with her on stage, which still remains a special memory. Spending most of my life around live music significantly impacted and inspired me.
In addition, as a little girl I grew up watching Lizzy Maguire on the Disney Channel—I adored Hilary Duff! She was the first celebrity performer that I saw in concert. But in my teen years other artists who have motivated me include: Arvil Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Johnny Cash and Taylor Swift.
I sat in my bedroom thinking about what song I should write. I do a lot of love songs and wanted to change it up. I began to think about people who blend into the woodwork and don’t take risks. I thought about the ways that others people say things to us that discourage us and make us feel bad about ourselves. I wanted to encourage people that they have great gifts to offer the world. I wanted this song to challenge and motivate people to step into who they were created to be. The song is about not conforming to other people’s views and what everyone else does, but to be you and you is extraordinary.
I wanted the song to be totally different than the rest of my songs. It was one of the most fun songs to write. I was in high school when I wrote it. I would always look around and observe people their actions, emotions and who they were talking to. I then saw a girl sitting alone at a lunch table. She looked so lonely and sad! The thought came to me; I wanted to write a song where everyone can connect to. I think everyone sometimes can forget who they are and get caught up in our society. I think it’s a good reminder that everyone is extraordinary! I later recorded it in LA with Grammy-Award winning M.Doc Williams.
The music video for Extraordinary was filmed as a part of Klews Studios “50 Music Videos in 5 Months” documentary. The film crew spent 5 months touring the country recording 50 videos. http://www.klews.tv/#portfolio
I am currently…
working with Grammy award winner Marc ‘M.Doc” Williams, on my current album. I’m about half way done with it. These songs are my journal entries. Every single song is based off something or someone. I think people can connect to it because I just a normal girl with everyday thoughts. I plan on moving out to LA in the next year to further my love for music and acting. I’m performing all over Denver and taking any chance to preform wherever I can!
I live in Denver, CO…
The music is great here! Denver music has really blossomed with opportunities. Just about any bar will have live music on the weekends, which is awesome. I try and perform weekly here. I also enjoy hiking, water skiing and just hanging out with my family!
I would love to have 5 minutes alone with…
Hmm, if I could spend 5 minutes alone with someone think I would love to spend time with Taylor Swift. Not because she’s like the biggest pop star in the world. But her songwriting is just so real. Her Red album is my favorite album of hers. Her lyrics are just so honest and powerful. She really knows how to reach people in a place that not many people can reach. I admire her passion and drive. She is a great role model for our younger generation.
I am most afraid of…
sharks. ☺ I cannot get in the ocean without a little bit of anxiety!
Eighteen-year-old Ali Rose has lived most of her life in Denver, Colorado. She began concentrated work on song writing in her early teens. Ali spent years performing in local theater groups with significant acting, performing and vocal instruction. Tami Smith and Nova Talent helped develop her abilities and introduced her to Grammy-award winning producer Marc Williams and Indasoul Records. While self-taught on the guitar, she currently studies under Colorado artist, Wendy Woo. Her father is an accomplished violinist and accompanies her in concert and on her albums. Her older sister Anna also performs with her on the viola. Current influences include Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Adele, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne and Carri Underwood. As a result, she has developed a unique country/pop sound.
Ali Rose performs in local venues in Denver, Colorado where she lives with her parents and sister. She recently graduated from high school and is pursuing music full-time. She enjoys slalom waterskiing, wake-boarding and house-boating at Lake Powell in Utah. Friends describe her as friendly, outgoing, confident and funny—especially her impressions of other people.