How did you come by your stage name?
Paloma Ramos turned into Paloma Rush because my former management team thought my name should have more “pizazz.” We tried out a list of about 20 different last names before Rush stuck.
I later found out that it’s a porn star’s name. Oh well!
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 sung, from when I was a little girl. When the people around you see talent, they try and nurture it by getting you coaching and in front of audiences.
I think my path chose me. From age 14 I started writing my music and joined a lot of bands in different genres to get a feel for the music I liked.
I was in a band in Mexico singing songs in both English and Spanish. Since then, I went on to be a finalist in the Miss Teen California Pageant with 2nd place in the talent competition where I sang the Star-Spangled Banner.
I have been in original groups, cover bands, done studio recordings, toured nationally, and I’ve done it all!
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I have had my heart in every decade since the 50s. My mom was a fan of 50’s music like the Beach Boys and Elvis.
Then I liked 60’s stuff like The Doors, The Mamas, and The Papas. I liked the 70’s disco-like The Bee Gees and also classic rock.
I loved the 80’s a lot. B52s, Duran Duran, Madonna, Guns, and Roses. 90’s I like Alanis Morrisette, 90’s RnB like En Vogue, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Gabriel, and even some rock like Nirvana, and Incubus.
My whole life the genre I almost always listen to when I’m chilling out is roots reggae, Cali beach reggae, and island reggae. Common Kings, Stick Figure, Steel Pulse, Collie Buddz, and Ziggy Marley are some of my favorites. My style is so eclectic, but I know what I like.
Tell us about your single ‘Bailame’ how did you come up with the concept?
Bailame is a song about asking a man to prove himself to me. Bailame means “dance for me.”
The guy in the song is all talk and I’m saying if you want to get with me, show me you can dance. A bit of a double entendre.
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Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
If I compare myself to anyone else, I hesitate to do it because I believe everyone has unique talents. I would say what makes me the best and sets me apart is my vocal training.
I’ve been training since I was a small child. I play multiple instruments as well. But it’s not just the technique and training, it’s the way I can convey an emotion that I think really moves people.
What are your plans for the near future?
A goal I set for myself every year is to grow my fanbase so that I can share my music with more people. I also have a song coming out almost every six weeks this year.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout-outs?
First and foremost, I have to thank my husband for all his help, advice, support, and love. I thought getting married would hold me back, but instead, with the right partner, I’ve advanced light years in my career largely because of his support and business experience.
I’d also like to thank my family and friends who have never doubted my drive for success in such a wild industry. Lastly, I’d like to thank the artists that came before me, making music that drove me to do what they do.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
If I could do it all over again, I would have read more books about the music business. Everyone wants a fun artistic life, but you can make money in this business if you know how.
Don’t sit around waiting for things to happen, be a business person as well as an artist.