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GET TO KNOW: Ariel Rose
Having already delighted us with a flurry of fresh and exciting singles these last few months, emerging artist Ariel Rose looks to get our hips shaking once again on the upbeat new offering 'Let Me Go'.
Teaming up with New York-based Dominican rapper LORS, Grammy nominated/Latin Grammy winning producer Tony Succar, as well as acclaimed musician Kenyi for the release, 'Let Me Go' is a bold and spicy taste of Latin-inspired grooves. With her mesmerising voice layered over energetic brass and bouncing percussion throughout, she is certainly showcasing her range on this one.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with her to find out more about her influences and inspirations over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
Ricky Martin! Being born and raised in the multicultural beautiful city of Miami, I was constantly exposed to different styles of music, particularly Latin music and I fell in love with it from a very early age. I used to sit on my swing set outside and blast Ricky Martin’s album. His concert was also the very first concert I ever went to. My parents surprised me with tickets for my kindergarten graduation and I’ll never forget how excited I was to see him perform live!
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I didn’t form a band, but I was very involved in musical theater. I was a part of a group in South Florida called the Hollywood Stage Kids, which was a lot of fun, as well as the Musical Miracles, an extremely talented group of young performers. We put on many shows throughout the community as well as at our “home base,” Actor’s Playhouse at The Miracle Theater in Coral Gables. I have some of my best memories with those performing groups! Starting in elementary school, I also was constantly singing the National Anthem and other patriotic songs for many events for the Miami-Dade County School Board, the local Cities in my area, and as well as charitable events for the American Cancer Society, The Special Olympics, and many others.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
I would say my life experiences, as well as my hometown of Miami, have been my primary sources of inspiration when it comes to writing music. Miami is paradise, not only for me, but for so many other people. We have the peaceful beach; we have beautiful sunny weather; We have great restaurants, events, and places to go to see live music, as well as an incredibly diverse population. There is so much to do here and so much to experience. My sound is a pop tropical fusion featuring Spanish and English lyrics. I also write a lot of poetry and enjoy writing in general as a creative form of expression. I take inspiration from all different genres of music, but particularly my favorite style of music - Latin music!
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
I love that song “Don’t Go Yet” by Camila Cabello. It’s really fun and such a cool song that I can really relate to. She actually released it as I had just finished recording and filming all of the music videos for my EP and I absolutely loved the vibe.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
That’s a tough one because so many moments stand out, as this career path is such a cool journey that has led me to the most incredible places, but there is one moment that I would relive in a heartbeat. It was when I was on the National Tour as a lead vocalist in the Cirque Dreams “Holidaze” production. Ironically, we ended the tour in my hometown in South Florida and the last set of performances were at The Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. I was there performing the whole week between Christmas and New Years. I remember attending performances of productions at the Broward Center as a kid, and being on that stage and in those dressing rooms was a feeling I don’t think I can ever explain. The first time I walked through the stage entrance, I was in awe that I was finally on the other end of that stage. And to top it all off, my family and close friends came to support me and see me perform there. It was extremely emotional yet strange at the same time because I had always dreamed of being on that stage as a little girl. I would say it was a full circle moment that I will always be so grateful for.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
I would love to share the stage with Chayanne, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Vives, or even Camila Cabello! There are so many talented people from South Florida and it would be so cool to perform with the successful musicians and performers who grew up here!
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
Any of those artists I listed above I would be absolutely honored to collaborate with!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I see myself with a lot more original music out, and touring!!!
Ariel Rose's new single 'Let Me Go' is available to stream now. Check out the new video for it below.