October 28, 2020
Rozzi Shares "Orange Skies" Lyric Video
LA-based Rozzi is a prolific pop goliath with a powerful voice that she is currently using to bring awareness and support to the issue of climate change. Today she has unleashed a brand new lyric video for her latest release, “Orange Skies.” Rozzi, her co-writer/producer - Eric Leva - and her label, S-Curve Records/BMG will donate a portion of proceeds to The American Red Cross (Western Wildfires) and the Bay Area’s Sonoma Family Meal.
Rozzi shares, "I wrote ‘Orange Skies’ the last time my state was in flames. It was December of 2019 and Los Angeles was covered in smoke. I remember breathing that air as I walked to my friend Eric’s house, where we felt pulled to write about the fires and about climate change. A few weeks ago, when images showed my hometown San Francisco under literal orange skies, I knew we had to finish and release the song and donate the royalties to organizations helping with the relief efforts."
After collaborations with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Pusha T, a sold-out arena tour supporting Maroon 5 (during which she dueted nightly with the band on “Moves Like Jagger”), the San Francisco-born singer and songwriter delivered her first full-length album, Bad Together and made her late-night television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2018. Fans will have new opportunities to experience Rozzi’s captivating live show at the #iVoted Gritty In Pink Election Night Livestream on November 3rd and the Hotel Cafe Benefit Show on December 3rd, with other online live performances to be announced.
Rozzi will release a new body of work in early 2021, stay tuned for more news coming soon!
Sonoma Family Meal Founder & CEO, Heather Irwin:
"Orange skies have been the heartbreaking reality of Northern California for the last four years, as raging wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, displaced hundreds of thousands of residents, and left our communities in a constant state of PTSD. We are resilient and together we are stronger. Rozzi somehow captures the sorrow and the strength of what it is to be #SonomaStrong.
Sonoma Family Meal is a grassroots non-profit founded in the darkest moments of the 2017 wildfires that destroyed more than 5,000 homes and businesses in Santa Rosa, California — the heart of Wine Country. SFM brings together some of the region’s best chefs to create restaurant-quality, family-style meals for families and individuals who have lost homes or have been displaced by disaster. In continuous operation through additional fires and the pandemic, Sonoma Family Meal has served more than 450,000 meals to those most in need, including seniors, farmworkers, families who have lost jobs and homes, and anyone else facing food insecurity."
The American Red Cross - Los Angeles Region CEO, Joanne Nowlin:
“The Western United States has faced an unprecedented wildfire season, and we are so thankful for the hundreds of volunteers and generous donors like Rozzi, who help make our work possible. There are several more weeks of wildfire season ahead, and we are preparing for what might happen and how best to help those affected up and down the coast.”
October 5, 2020
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Take one look at Rozzi’s discography and you’ll find a treasure trove of anecdotes and personal details from her life. Every lyric is tinged with emotion and depth — from the moment Rosalind Elizabeth “Rozzi” Crane could sing, she knew there was nothing else she could imagine doing for the rest of her life.
“Music is the only thing that’s ever been my calling,” Rozzi said. “I just can’t remember a time that I didn’t feel obsessed with it.”
Rozzi’s first performance, singing “I’m Sensitive” by Jewel at her first grade talent show, was the moment that started it all. “At that moment, I knew I wanted to chase that feeling forever and that was the beginning of my [musical] journey,” Rozzi said.
The 29-year-old indie-pop singer hails from San Francisco and grew up writing songs and attending vocal lessons. In 2009, she was accepted to USC’s Thornton School of Music as a member of the popular music program’s inaugural class.
September 14, 2020
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Best friends are truly hard to come by, so when you know you’ve found the one for you, you rarely let them go.
Back when she was a student at USC, singer/songwriter Rozzi found her BFF in the dorms and instantly bonded over mutual friends and relatable high school memories after finding out they both grew up in the Bay Area. Fast forward years later and the girls are inseparable. Describing their dynamic as “family,” Rozzi is sharing all of her inside jokes and favorite memories with her best friend in her latest single, appropriately titled “Best Friend Song,” which she released back in August.
Written with collaborators Charlie Snyder (Machine Gun Kelly, Bebe Rexha, G-Eazy) and Zak Waters (Betty Who, JoJo, SHINee), and co-produced by Zak Waters, Steve Greenberg, Michael Mangini and AJR brothers Jack Metzger and Ryan Metzger, “Best Friend Song” is the ultimate pop anthem dedicated to lifelong friendship.
September 11, 2020
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Rozzi’s “Best Friend Song” is giving us major late summer vibes. The infectious bop is the singer/songwriter’s newest ditty about her best friend Tatti and could really relate to anyone’s best friend. It wasn’t even meant to be released, but it was so universal that the singer agreed it must be. “My goal for the song is for people to connect with it.” Rozzi told LADYGUNN. “I also hope it helps people connect with friends they can’t hang out with right now.”
Rozzi made her debut in the scene with 2015’s Space EP and has blossomed to become one of the next big pop sensations. Rozzi has also worked with a few great talents—Kendrick Lamar, Adam Levine, and Pusha T. Kendrick Lamar and Pusha T joined her in the studio on tracks, respectively. “I toured with Maroon 5 every night and sang the Christina Aguilera part on ‘Moves Like Jagger’ on stage. It was an amazing experience.”
Touring with Maroon 5 and working with Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar is impressive alone, but her unique husky set of vocals is what is propelling her to new heights. “I’ve been singing my whole life and had various voice teachers over the years. I grew up imitating my favorite voices—Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, and Amy Winehouse. I learned their albums note for note. I think that’s where my influences show in my voice,” says the pop starlet.
Inspired by the great legends, Rozzi isn’t afraid to share her inner self when it comes to songwriting. “As a songwriter, I love Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac and Paul McCartney. I’m also inspired by artists who are not afraid to share their lives with the public. Alanis Morissette is a good example with Jagged Little Pill. I think it’s scary to share personal thoughts, but I get inspired from artists who do so,” the singer shares.
Rozzi loves her female counterparts. “If I list my favorite singers, though, ninety percent would be female. Yes, it is a competitive market, but I always root for them.” There are incredible female producers, writers, and engineers out there as well who Rozzi believes could use more representation. “If we see more female producers, it will inspire more women to follow. I love working with women but it’s hard to find. I have worked with some incredible women including Wendy Wang, who I wrote with for the first half of my upcoming album,” admits the singer.
Zak Waters (writer for Jordin Sparks) and Charlie Snyder were two of Rozzi’s favorite producers who helped helm “Best Friend Song.” “I wrote a lot of songs with them. “I asked them if it was wrong to exploit their brilliant talents to write a joke song for my friend, but they were down with the whole process,” Rozzi says.
Rozzi’s new album is due out by year’s end. It may just be the pop opus that we have been waiting for. “I’m really proud of it. I made it mostly in London with producer George Moore. It’s my most personal yet, I feel very connected to it, and cannot wait to share it with everybody,” Rozzi told LADYGUNN.
September 8, 2020
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Everyone from Queen to Randy Newman has taken a shot at capturing the magic of friendship in song-form. It’s true that on the stormy sea of life, there is no better place to dock and take shelter than in the company of a good companion — which is why there is such an immense breadth of material to pull from if you’re seeking to write a song honoring the arrangement. A best friend is truly one of the best “best” things to have. One artist who is well-acquainted with this truth is Rozzi, who released her version of the best friend song — conveniently entitled “Best Friend Song” — on August 14.
“I wrote this song because my best friend Tatti was moving out and we were sad about it,” Rozzi told American Songwriter. “It was the end of an era. I wrote it for her and to make us laugh. I really never thought I’d release it. It went through many iterations before we got the version you hear now — the song works many different ways which almost made it harder to find the right way.”
September 3, 2020
BMI recently caught up with Crane to find out how she is staying creative and making it all work. Here’s what she had to say.
How is this experience forcing you to adapt [to the COVID-19 pandemic]? What online tools are you using, if any?
"The biggest silver lining has been how much piano I’ve had to play. Whenever I needed to perform I’ve had to do it alone because no one else is allowed in my house! It’s helped me cross the line into being good enough to actually enjoy playing. Now I play piano every time I sing. It makes me feel even more connected to my own songs."
What advice would you share with your fellow songwriters for getting through this?
"I think we need to have patience with ourselves. I asked my 95-year-old nana what was worse, quarantine or WW2, and she said quarantine. I’m sure she’s kind of kidding, but the point is this is CRAZY! We should try our bests to stay creative and we should forgive ourselves when things don’t go as planned. And if we feel more anxious or more sad or more angry than normal, that really makes a lot of sense."
What is the one thing you are most looking forward to doing when this is over?
"Singing live. Going to a show at the Hollywood Bowl. Going to a crowded dance party. Not being afraid of my friends!"
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August 27, 2020
Pop recording artist Rozzi chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about "Best Friend Song," her music inspirations, and she offered advice for young and aspiring singers.
Regarding her new single "Best Friend Song," she said, "I wrote it the day my best friend Tatti moved out of our apartment. We lived together for years and when she left, it felt like the end of an era. I was sad but I didn’t want to write a sad song so I wrote something funny instead. I never thought I'd release it, it was just for us."
Regarding her music inspirations, she said, "My life inspires me. I write very personal songs. Sometimes I wish I didn’t because, when they come out, I feel kind of exposed. But it’s the only way I know how to do it. My hope is that I’m doing for someone what my heroes have done for me. When you hear Stevie Nicks or Alanis Morrisette or Beyoncé be so fearless with their lyrics, it makes you feel less alone."
August 14, 2020
"Rozzi — "Best Friend Song (Lemon Ice Mix)"
The indie pop sensation with a set of killer pipes is back with this delightful ode to her BFF. An adorable reminder that this woman can sing."
Rozzi Releases "Best Friend Song" on S-Curve Records
August 14, 2020