Making music was the last thing on her mind when self-proclaimed "East Coast gal" Rosey packed up her things and moved to Los Angeles. The Connecticut native had landed what she considered an "ultimat
Making music was the last thing on her mind when self-proclaimed "East Coast gal" Rosey packed up her things and moved to Los Angeles. The Connecticut native had landed what she considered an "ultimate dream job" as a talent scout for A&M Records. "It seemed like the right thing," says the 28-year-old singer, who got her moniker from a friend. "After all, I'd worked as a DJ and interned for major labels throughout college; it seemed like a natural progression."
But after she failed to sign a band she wanted for the label, Rosey headed to the parking lot with her guitar to vent. Her boss heard her singing and asked her to come in to his office. "I thought I was in big trouble," she says. "I was surprised when he asked, 'You're a singer? Why didn't you tell me?' I told him, 'I was just trying to have a real job.'"
His support, Rosey says, convinced the singer to strike out on her own, honing her craft first in the bars and clubs of San Francisco, then New York. The years of work paid off, as Rosey is now looking forward to the June 25 release of her Island debut, "Dirty Child."
The song that got her noticed was "Love," which debuted last year on the "Bridget Jones's Diary" soundtrack. It was a fluke that executives at Miramax ever heard the song, the artist recalls. "I was in the Island Records office dropping off some of my rough mixes. The people from Miramax happened to be there looking for a song for the film. Someone told them they should listen to one of my songs, so they played 'Love.' They said it was perfect."
Rosey wrote all the songs on "Dirty Child," produced by Macy Gray collaborator Darryl Swann. Although her melodies are often unabashedly romantic, her lyrics reveal what Rosey calls "longing for something to make me feel complete."
In "Beautiful," a song Rosey wrote after a breakup, her voice soars while she pleads to "feel beautiful deep inside, like it was when you loved me." First single "Afterlife," which appeared on the "Shallow Hal" soundtrack, has a beat so insistent that "you just can't sit still," according to Island president Julie Greenwald.
Rosey hit the road in April to play a series of small clubs from New York to San Francisco. She has plans to spend the summer on tour opening for Melissa Etheridge.
Here are Rosey's upcoming tour dates with Melissa Etheridge:
June 7: Clearwater, Fla. (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
June 8: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Mars Music Amphitheater)
June 10: Atlanta (Chastain Park)
June 13: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
June 14: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
June 15: Greensboro, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion)
June 16: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
June 20: Boston (Tweeter Center)
June 21: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach Amphitheater)
June 22: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
June 23: Hartford, Conn. (ctnow.com Meadows)
June 27: Toronto (Molson Amphitheater)
June 28: Clarkstown, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theater)
June 29: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)
June 30: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
July 5: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheater)
July 6: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
July 7: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music)
July 9: Ottawa (Festival Plaza)
July 11: Philadelphia (Tweeter at the Waterfront)
July 12: Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Park Arena)
July 13: Gilford, N.H. (Meadowbrook)
July 14: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
July 31: Milwaukee (Marcus Center for the Performing Arts)
Aug. 2: Manchester, Vt. (Riley Summer Festival)
Aug. 3: Rochester, N.Y. (Finger Lakes)
Aug. 8: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheater)
Aug. 9: Dallas (Smirnoff Amphitheater)
Aug. 10: The Woodlands, Texas (CW Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug. 11: Austin, Texas (the Backyard)
Aug. 13: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion)
Aug. 17: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Aug. 25: Las Vegas (the Joint)
Aug. 28: Park City, Utah (Deer Valley Resort)
Aug. 30: Morrison, Col. (Red Rocks Amphitheater)
Sept.1: George, Wash. (the Gorge Amphitheater)
Excerpted from the May 18, 2002, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the Billboard.com members section.
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