V.Rose is the latest prodigy from Inpop Records. She released her brand new record Young Dangerous Heart this spring.
V.Rose came from the hip hop world having toured and recorded with the industry favs Trip Lee, KB, FLAME and many others and now she is merging that world with her love for pop and delivering a captivating album, and sharing her story that is impacting many.
V.Rose knew at a young age that she had a calling to sing and perform, and raised as a pastor’s kid, her life appeared to be perfect. But within that bubble, they experienced the brokenness of divorce, remarriage and the hard reality of what happens when things don’t go as planned. Some went down a path of destruction, while she fought to keep the path and fight for her dreams.
Being the only girl among 6 brothers, she never had anyone tell her to how become a woman, from learning how to paint her nails, do her hair, take care of herself and she had to depend on herself or other friends to tell her the basics of being a girl. Then when faced with peer pressures and body image insecurities, she didn’t know how to process it. But now, at 27 years old, V.Rose wants to help girls know that as cliche as it sounds, true beauty is on the inside. Her words of wisdom to young girls… “When you find out who you are in the inside you will be more confident on the outside. You will be able to show who YOU are instead of the world showing WHO you are.”
Learn more about this promising artist in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! How’s 2016 treating you so far? What were some of the highlights of 2015?
2016 has been amazing so far. from releasing my new record to spending most of the year touring, it’s been an exiting year already. 2015 was more of a transitional year for me. My highlights were definitely signing a new deal with Inpop Records and working on my album. Going through that process that takes over your life for a period of time. So most of 2015 was focused on working on Young Dangerous Heart.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? What is your earliest musical memory? What was it like growing up with 6 brothers? How has that influenced your music today?
Yes, I have always wanted to do anything musical for as long as I can remember. My earliest musical memory is standing next to the piano while my mom was playing and trying to sing along with her. I was probably around 6 years old. My mom was a country singer for a long time in her teenage years.
Honestly, growing up with 6 brothers was normal to me because I was very sheltered.I didn’t know anything else. The best part about having brothers is how tough it made me. My brothers and I are very competitive which pushed me to be good at lots of different things. I always wanted to do whatever they were doing. It was natural to pick up singing, writing, drawing, guitar playing, and sports…all trying to keep up with all 6 brothers. lol. It definitely affected the character I have today in the best ways possible.
Earlier this year you released your latest record “Young Dangerous Heart.” What has that feel like? What was it like recording this collection?
From day 1, I’ve wanted this album to soar above any work I’v done before. I really wanted to give it my all in every area. Writing, recording, even putting in my 2 cents on the production side of things…sometimes even 3 cents. I work with a very close knit team when working on an album. It almost feels like they’re an extension of me. We stay at the studio for days at a time. We debate, have fun, argue, celebrate, triumph. The process is very taxing. But in the end, the finished product, like anything you work hard on, is something that makes you proud. It’s like it’s a part of you now.
What was the inspiration behind “Young Dangerous Heart”? What drove you to record this particular collection now?
YDH was inspired by a recent time in my life where I felt pressure to make life changing decisions that went against what my heart was telling me. I had to zone out, and block out the noise from those people and only listen to God’s voice. It was definitely a trying time. I had such a strong desire to know who I was a what was my purpose here. I believed that my purpose wasn’t just was expected of me, it was more.
I wrote this album to encourage anyone who finds themselves in that same situation. To push past the fear of the unknown and trust in God while taking that leap of faith, at an age where their heart is most vulnerable.
What’s it been like moving from hip hop to a more pop sound? Has it been a smooth transition? Why did you decide to move more towards a pop sound?
I wouldn’t say that I moved away from Hip Hop. I never thought of my music as Hip Hop until recently. It fell like I just embraced everything that was natural and truly me. So I believe that this new sound is just me being free to make the music that’s in my heart…Pop, Hip Hop, EDM, Ballads…I think that’s what people are hearing now. Those are the artists I love to listen to, personal artists who don’t like to fit into a genre, but just do whatever music that’s real and true.
You’ve toured with some of hip hop industry faves like Trip Lee, KB, Flame and many others. What did you learn from that part of your life? What was it like touring and recording with them?
Touring with polished artist like those guys immediately makes you step your game up on stage. They deliver so much energy and genuine care for the message that they carry, I felt the same desire to step up to the challenge of sharing those same stages. It was almost like having big bothers around me again so it felt natural. I definitely gained a lot from them.
Can you talk about your weekly videos that you put out? Why do you put those out and what gave you the idea to start releasing them?
My ‘Weekly V” video blog on my YouTube video channel were inspired when I realized that was a weak link in my social video game. I wanted to do something fun that I thought fans would enjoy. I call it weekly V because it’s whatever I’m doing that week. From make-up tutorials to behind the scenes of touring to fashion tips and tricks, It’s just me. And my fans love it.
You just wrapped your Transformation Tour. What was the response from your fans? What songs did you perform?
This was the first tour of the year. My new album dropped the second day of the tour and this my first opportunity to perform these songs. Fans really love that I added playing acoustic guitar and doing new renditions live. They also love the feature songs and dancing on set. I saw a new level of excitement from fans with Young Dangerous Heart, it was almost overwhelming.
You’ve released a couple songs off your album as singles. What other tracks are you excited for people to hear soon?
The next 2 singles I will be releasing are “Money$ On You ft FLAME” and “Take A Broken Heart” ft Derek Minor. I’m super excited for fans and new-comers to my music to hear these records. We just wrapped up recording music videos to both!
I saw on your Facebook page when you heard your single, “Sinking Deep” on the radio for the first time in your home town. What was that like for you? Is that going to be one of those moments that you won’t ever forget?
When I found out that my song was getting added by the Fish in my hometown, of course I got excited and emotional. I think what was most exciting about it, was that I could hear my music in a place that I had worked so hard on it, but also that my parents could hear it in a way that was so validating. They listing to that station all the time. It really made me want to work harder to accomplish more. True, I’ll never forget it.
Who are some of your very favorite artists? Who would you absolutely love to collaborate with in the future?
I’m a huge fan of Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, Micheal Jackson, to name a few. I think I’d love to write with them even more that singing with them. To glean from their experience, and gain an unforgettable one.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
I know all of my listeners, and all of us really, are going through hard times, and transitions.
At the end of the day, my hope is that my listeners will come to the conclusion that they need God. And that they can find Love like never before in Jesus. Having purpose is what drives us as human being, and God has that purpose for every one of us.
Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself or your music with our readers?
If I could share one last thing, I would say that’s it’s normal to struggle with finding themselves. Nobody has it all together 24/7. Hopefully understanding that will help you push past your insecurities like I have. And realizing that would help you to just be yourself. Some of the hardest things to learn in life are to Love God, love yourself and love others. But to me, it’s what life is all about and worth the journey.