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Interview: Kelsey Rose
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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I started singing and dancing when I was barely able to walk or talk! I have no idea where I would be today without music, but it would definitely still be something that makes myself and others happy!
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
When I’m not singing, I’m always dancing! They definitely go hand in hand for me because they both inspire each other. My brain is always working, so I like to distract myself sometimes with golf, bowling, and playing with makeup!
How long has music been your career?
Music has been my passion for my whole life, but I didn’t start singing professionally until I was 12 years old.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I’m based out of Canton, MI which is right outside of Detroit! Detroit has always been such a staple for music! I love meeting and working with other artists from Detroit who embrace and love our city!
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
There are definitely a wide variety of performances I do! But I like to treat them all equally! I put on the same show whether there is 1 person in the audience or thousands! One crazy show I did was at the Milan State Prison, but the prisoners loved it! They really enjoyed hearing music of all genres!
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
One of my favorite places to perform are in senior living homes. I love seeing their faces light up when they hear songs from their past. I love to hear about their memories that are brought up by hearing me sing. Even the residents that are confined to a bed and can’t speak. You can see a shimmer in their eyes and sometimes even some tears. It’s so moving to watch and inspires me to continue doing what I do!
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
I would love to perform with Brenda Lee or Connie Francis!
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
I would tell people just getting into music, just to go with the flow! Go where the music takes you and never give up!
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
I’d tell my past self that time moves so fast! Don’t put anything on hold! Just do it!
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
One of my new songs is called “Kissed by an Angel”, it is dedicated to a close family friend that recently passed away. It was written by her husband right after she passed and it is very special to all of us.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Any cover songs are always requested, but the singalong songs are always a hit with the crowd! Everyone loves a good singalong!!
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
I have a couple of different writers who write the bulk of my music. But I love being a part of creating themes and placing all the pieces together!
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
The message that I always try to get across in my music is confidence! I always try to exude confidence so my followers and students feel that they can do it too! Everyone is great in their own way! Just gotta embrace it!
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
I’m very open to all creative ideas, so disagreements are rare when collaborating. But when they do happen, we talk through our reasonings and compromise!
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
The future is always unknown, but my new album is dropping soon and I can’t wait! It’s called Mustang Heart, so be on the lookout for it soon! It's a country with a hard rock edge! I hope you all like it! Singles will be dropping very soon as well!
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