First Look Friday: Rose Gold Is The Voice That Broke Through The Concrete
Rose Gold photographed by Ural Garrett for Okayplayer.
Let it be known that Rose Gold is different than your average singer-songwriter. Armed with a genuine charm, a connected intuition to the streets and an original viewpoint — Rose Gold’s passion to create not just music, but solutions is an attribute welcomed in this industry. For those unfamiliar with the talented vocalist and writer, Rose Gold, a Baltimore native, earned her rep by playing cool in the background. As a hired pen for others, she worked with the likes of Teedra Moses and James Fauntleroy, resulting in a high degree of success with songs like “Runnin'” charting high on Soundcloud.
On the real though, most people should recognize her from her association with another connected-to-the-soil artist and creative, Terrace Martin. The duo linked up in an extremely around-the-way way and their chemistry was instantly recognizable. Don’t believe us? Well, all you have to do is press play on “Think Of You” from Terrace’s Velvet Portrait album and let her sultry and captivating voice pull your ears and souls into a world of quality music. Her laid back groove beguiles the sheer force she carries in her DNA. All you have to do is comb through her Soundcloud page as stories of love lost, love gained and not letting go are represented in the form of “Drive Me To Drink” and “Love Stoned” respectively.
With a true purpose of solving problems through her music, Rose Gold is an elite singer whose stock is quality and will only rise as she continues on in her career. She is an authentic artist in a sea of cookie-cutter repeat offenders who are devoid of inventiveness. All that in mind, Rose Gold’s story is meant to be shared with a larger audience. So, it is our pleasure to introduce you to this week’s First Look Friday subject, Rose Gold, as she talks about her crazy experiences developing as an artist, meeting and working with Terrace Martin and premieres a never-before-heard song called, “My Apology” for your earholes. Sit back, press play and read this introspective chat with an artist whose voice is as elegant and soothing as her name suggests. Enjoy!
Okayplayer: To music snobs the world over, you are making an impact on both sides of the U.S. What is it that those in West Baltimore City + Los Angeles are seeing and hearing that the rest of the world has yet to discover?
Rose Gold: What do you think the people miss about me and my music? Well, just knowing my experience and my history, I am a reflection of so many others that I come from and represent. I was always all over [the place]. You can ask my sister. I was always around a lot of creatives. My sister would tell me that she not only learned what to do, but what not to do from me. So, I took that as a very offensive thing when she said it to me, but now that I’m an adult, I know that we are here for. That’s what my music is, that’s what my existence is, that’s what my motherhood is — it is to teach people what to do, what not to do and how to get through it. Just being able to reach as many people as possible, I think that is important.
OKP: For those who have a passion for music, they honed their skills and practiced their craft. Who are your most cherished influences in music and why?
RG: I’m a very all over the place kind of human [laughs]. I don’t have a specific genre or one woman or man that I place above others. Somebody who I am influenced by who is in my generation is Brandy [Norwood]. I feel like she saved all of us. She taught us a different way to approach creativity. Not necessarily, she wasn’t the best dancer, she wasn’t this epic, epic performer, but she was somebody who really captured you, changed your entire world and all she had to do was sing. I was definitely inspired by her, by Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. I am obsessed with Celine Dion. Curtis Mayfield. I talk about him on “Think Of You,” where I say, “I used to stay up late listening to Mary J. and Curtis May.” I’m talking about Curtis Mayfield.
Mary J. Blige and Curtis Mayfield tell a lot of my stories. If I never had to tell a story a day in my life, just put a Mary J. Blige or Billie Holiday or Curtis Mayfield album on — don’t matter if it is even Luther Vandross — and these people know my story before I can even tell it. So, I’m so inspired by them. If you listen to everything that I’ve ever sung, wrote or whatever — you can hear each and every influence whether it be Diana Ross or Minnie Riperton. I’m just really, really inspired by great people. I feel like the people I just named, they will forever be a part of the blueprint that makes up Rose Gold, y’know?!
OKP: Your song, “Runnin’” featuring James Fauntleroy is extremely dope and has heightened anticipation for new work from you by music snobs who have a heavy presence in the industry. Can you talk about how life was for you while developing as an artist?