“Rosa Nice to Meet You”
How did you come by your stage name?
The nickname Rosa Nice was given to me in New Orleans when I was 19 years old. I had dropped out of school, and I was working a bar on bourbon street. I would frequently sit in Armstrong Park during lunch, where I would see the same group of people, and eventually, they started calling me Rosa, because I turn pink in the sun, and nice, because they said I look innocent. Fast forward five years, and as I separated from my abusive ex-husband, and began singing, Rosa Nice became a mindset, and a way of life, to not let anyone bring me down, and to constantly uplift my brothers and sisters.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I have always loved music, concerts, and event promotion. My first musical that I performed in was Les Meserables, and I have been in choirs my whole life, too. I realized that I had a gift from God in 2018, and I decided to pursue a career in the entertainment industry so that I could create a platform to help others and help myself.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I listen to Frank Sinatra, Etta James, and Louis Armstrong growing up, so they are definitely huge influences on my musical style. I am also infatuated with John Legend, and believe it or not, Rae Sremmurd. I also am a fan of rockstars like Lil Uzi Vert, Trippie Redd, and XXX, Maury he RIP. I like to infuse modern-day sounds with old school techniques and vibes.
On your future project, how did you come up with the concept?
Rosa Nice to Meet You, my debut EP, released at the end of December 2019. I am so proud of this project, and the traction it is gaining. I came up with this idea because when people meet me they always say, “It’s nice to meet you,” and in this society where we do not always take the time to understand someone’s roots, and core values, I thought it would be important to introduce myself, and what I stand for, to the world.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
One of the greatest challenges, when it comes to my work ethic, is quickly becoming overwhelmed by not asking for help. I tend to want to do everything myself, from the creative directing to my own bookings, my songwriting, and I am even hands-on when it comes to fans, so it certainly takes a lot of energy. This is also a great attribute of mine, too. I work hard, and I play a tad bit harder. I ensure that I create positive vibes.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I believe that I am the best me that I can be at this very moment, but am I the best singer, writer, model, or promotional media specialist? Heck no! I’m quite new to the entertainment industry, so most of the actions I take are precautionary. I am on the offensive right now. I am making new connections. I am humbling myself, taking most opportunities, and allowing God to work his magic while I better myself through vocal training and university coursework.
What are your plans for the near future?
I am currently working on visual content for a few songs off of my EP, Rosa Nice to Meet You. With the COVID_19 pandemic, I have been using social media to stay informed and connected to the world around me.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I would love to thank my four-year-old, Noemi, and I would like to thank my Mom. I would also like to thank my producers for the project, PopTraxx, and Dinn Winnwood. They both helped me to create my first round of music, and I am forever grateful for that.
How can fans find you?
My music is available for download on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, and LUM Music. I have three music videos out, and I have eleven songs. I suggest starting with my single Revolutions and then working your way down through the releases.
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
I suggest that other artists remain vigilant in their own career paths. It is never a good look to not know how the music business works. This is a different type of industry, but it is rewarding when you make goals, accomplish those goals, and then create new paths and patterns for your peers and successors to follow.
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