Life during COVID ain’t easy. But singer/songwriter Amel Rose hasn’t let it slow her roll. In fact, she debuted her first single earlier this year to rave reviews, right about the time the pandemic was first taking aim at the U.S. Since then, she released several other singles, including collaborations with music icons like Sharaya J and DJ Fredy Muks, and last month, launched her first album, The Amel Rose – racking up an early 500K streams across platforms.
Now, a live version of the album and accompanying video will be available to the public next month, resulting from a recent performance at Wisdome LA for an intimate group of fans.
“Launching a career at the same time a pandemic hits and social justice issues are reaching a boiling point is probably not what most would consider great timing. I would disagree though. I believe these major moments in time have ignited my creativity and made me more willing to take risks,” said Rose. “Most importantly though, I am even more emotionally invested in giving fans music that really matters to them and using my platform to inspire change.”
One of the songs on the album, Enough Enough Enough, is, in fact, a plea for love and unity in the face of rampant racism, police misconduct and the ensuing protests. Likewise, the album’s cover art was recreated as a painting by the popular JoJo Brothers and auctioned at Rose’s album release event with proceeds going to initiatives supporting the African American community in the Hollywood Hills area. She has also designated COVID-19 support as her fundraising pick on Spotify.
Rose’s album has been well-received on an international scale, especially in Asia, Australia and Europe – likely because her music style has proven to be exceedingly versatile, although probably best categorized as a mix of pop and hip hop. As a result, she has grown her followers on Spotify to more than 40K – a number increasing each month; and her single, Told a Lie, featuring DJ Fredy Muks and Sharaya J, last week made it onto iTunes’ Top 100 Songs.
Rose hails from a small town in Texas and credits her grandmother for fueling her love of music by introducing her to a variety of genres from different eras. When she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her passion, she was fortunate to connect with Muks, who ended up producing all of the songs on her album and even performed with her in virtual concerts.
Next up for Rose is the September premiere of the video for her single Atrocity. All the while she continues to write new songs and is preparing for several smaller live performances next month and post-COVID a full-on, larger-scale concert.
The Amel Rose is currently available on Spotify and all streaming services with The Amel Rose: Live at the Wisdome to be released in September. For more information about Rose, follow her on Instagram and YouTube.