Rose Ranger shows a range of musical influence from the past 60 years in rock, pop, country, blues and jazz. Rich with melodic hooks, adventurous vocal and honest lyrics, her debut album Replies is a heartbreakingly beautiful recording.
Rose was born in North Vancouver, Canada (her birth name Rosemary, but her friends and family called her Roses) and was influenced by music and theatre from an early age. She studied piano, voice, dance and acting and by age 14, she had danced at a number of theatres in British Columbia including, Vancouver?s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, The Orpheum, the Commodore and also in Hawaii. Rose finished high school a year early and headed west to study acting and voice at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and later studied with the Capilano College Theatre Company.
Fuelled by the desire to express what was inside her own mind and heart Rose went back to her musical roots and began to hone the craft of song writing. Rose explains, ?I feel that music is the most powerful medium in our culture because it is a universal language. Music has the ability to move us into our heart and out of our fear and can help to create social and spiritual global awareness.?
Rose?s songs have been featured in the television shows Dawson Creek, MTV?s Undressed, Strong Medicine and the CBC documentary Spirit of the Game. She has garnered national commercial radio airplay for her cover version of the Eurogliders? hit single ?Heaven (Must Be There)?.
Last year, Rose was a winner in Canadian Musician Magazines 2003 song writing contest, for her high energy pop-dance track ?Fly?. Rose was also one of the top four finalists in Much Music?s School of Rock song contest for ?Back of the Bus? which she co-wrote with Dave Reimer of the Vancouver based band, The Roswells.
Rose?s debut album shows a range of musical influences as well as Rose?s undeniable vocal ability and versatility as a singer and songwriter. The material ranges from rock and pop to ballads and from the more jazzy tracks to the bonus dance remix (?Fly?). Rose?s work on ?He? is highly notable, perfectly complimented by the simplicity of only a piano and trumpet.
Rose Ranger will be performing in Tumbler Ridge at Grizfest July 31 and August 1, 2004. For more information phone 250-242-4246. www.grizfest.com
Check out their webpage at www.roseranger.com