June 15, 2021
As we grow up, being vulnerable becomes harder. But for Rozzi, openness is a sign of perseverance. That’s how the LA-based neo-soul luminary has designed her “dangerously personal” new Hymn for Tomorrow EP -- the first installment of a new full-length album coming later this year -- due out July 16 on BMG. Revered for her commanding presence and vocal prowess, Rozzi gave a spectacular performance at Bachelor’s Doomin’ Sun Fest last week. Her appropriately-timed, sultry new single “June” arrives today alongside a lyric video created by Jo Gennett. The song ruminates on summer romance nostalgia, heartbreak and, ultimately, strength.
Click image above to watch “June” video
May 13, 2021
With recent single and title track “Hymn For Tomorrow,” she learns to find the strength in
letting go of past disappointments in order to make room for something new. Today, Rozzi has
unleashed the bold, R&B-styled “I Can’t Go To The Party” single alongside a striking new video
directed by Jack Begert. At the time that she wrote it, the song described a “brutal” experience
running into an old flame at a social gathering and reflects on personal growth through
experiences. The single now holds a dual-meaning. It also encompasses the spring awakening
that we are all feeling as we come out of lockdown, while still not ready to party safely quite yet.
Click image above to watch “I Can’t Go To The Party” video
Rozzi shares, “I wrote the song after running into my ex boyfriend at a party and feeling like the
months I’d spent getting over him had suddenly vanished. Being so affected by the sight of
someone that you're willing to let all your friends have fun without you, is a really lonely feeling.
For the video, we wanted to capture that vulnerability, moodiness, and melodrama by showing
me all dressed up in diamonds, with nowhere to go... Just alone, eating popcorn in bed, with a
full face of makeup on. Our brilliant director Jack Begert captured it perfectly. And of course,
with the Pandemic, none of us have been able to go to any parties for the last fourteen months-
so it took on a whole other meaning!”
April 30, 2021
I finally had to stop wearing my good luck underwear. I didn’t want to, but there came a day when I could not deny the obvious: their good luck had run out. I put them in my “Memmy” — the affectionate name my best friend and I call the memory boxes we keep stacked on shelves in our bedrooms. Mine is full of tour laminates, letters from exes and would have been exes, polaroids, and clippings from the first magazines that printed my name. I added the panties to this box of nostalgia, hidden from view where they belonged.
I loved those underwear though. They were a Christmas gift from my mother. Every year, my mom bunches up a few pairs of new panties, and wraps them under a piece of recycled paper. Taped to the top there is always a sticky note with “heart MAMA” written on it in big, rushed handwriting. There have been many pairs over the years, but only this one was magical. Lacy and feminine, with a rusty purple and pink smattering of abstract flowers, I liked how they felt on my body. It didn’t start as anything superstitious — at first I would wear them for special occasions because I liked them best. They made me feel a little more powerful somehow — like a metaphor for my strength within, they were my strength below. To a fancy party, or with my favorite outfit, if I was wearing something special on top, it seemed only appropriate to wear something special underneath. But over time, they began to reveal their true powers to me. They took on a new role — like a spell or a hoax — a required love potion for the object of my desire. It must have been after I wore them as the opening act at Madison Square Garden that I truly understood their gift. I was twenty-one and used to playing shows in the atrium of frat houses, but plucked out of school by a celebrity who wanted to start a record label, I was suddenly singing for thousands of people a night. I was thrilled, terrified, I needed some good luck. An hour before I was meant to sing, I took two shots of tequila and put on the panties. I don’t remember being on stage, but when I watch grainy YouTube videos of the performance, I’m reminded of the outfit I wore: black velvet overalls with black boots, my hair pulled half back. No one but me knows what I’m wearing underneath — the underwear — the only thing on my body that night that was actually mine. When I walked off stage, I felt electric. Like I was high, like I was found, like I’d been plugged in. I knew it then: the panties were special. So I wore them again and again. I wore them when I made my first music video, and when I sang on the Today Show. I wore them the day my first single was played on the radio, and a few years later with my second. I wore them when I sang on Jimmy Kimmel, and when I performed at swanky Hollywood parties. I wore them on the first night of every tour, and when I had sessions with legendary songwriters. I never wore them on a regular day. I never wore them with a boy. Only for my greatest dreams, I gave them go after go. Even after getting dropped without as much as a text message, I kept my faith, wearing them the day I signed my second deal with Columbia Records. I remember pulling them from the back of my drawer that morning. Slipping them on, I felt a mixture of thrill and dread, the panties begging me to believe, a tug from my hippocampus begging me not to. It was just a year later that I found myself the casualty of a leadership change at Columbia, and dropped from the label. It wasn’t instantaneous, there wasn’t a bolt of lightning or a dramatic score playing in the background, but that was the day the magic underwear finally lost their luster. Soon after, I woke up with the strong sense that the panties had served their time.
February 11, 2021
Get used to Rozzi being everywhere, because it’s already happening. Maybe you spotted her on the Political Platform NowThis. Or maybe you heard her moving single “Orange Skies” on Simon Le Bon’s WHOOOSH! Podcast. Or perhaps you’ve listened to her own podcast “Ugh! You’re So Good!”, which she co-hosts with Scott Hoying of Pentatonix. Since making her late-night television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2018, there’s a little bit of Rozzi where you go, and we’re all the better for it, as her smoky, soulful voice is dripping in her native California’s good vibes only.
Date January 25, 2021
Time I woke up 7:30 am
Every day starts with My phone.
Breakfast consists of Nothing. (I’m failing this quiz.)
To get going I always Go on a long walk.
I don’t feel dressed without My AirPods.
Before I start working I must Plan my week by the hour (so rock ‘n roll—wow!)
Currently working on Finishing my album.
But I’d really love to be Finished!
Book I’m reading East of Eden (again).
I don’t know how anyone ever Made it through a pandemic without losing their mind!!
If I had to play one album on repeat, it would be Rumours by Fleetwood Mac…or Miseducation… By Ms. Lauryn Hill…or Purple Rain…
The perfect midday consists of Caffeine and singing, singing, singing.
To help get through the day I need Photos of my new niece on the family thread.
Not a day goes by without speaking to My best friend, my boyfriend, the guys at my coffee shop.
My daydreams consist of Being packed into a sweaty bar, dancing to “WAP”, after being packed into a sweaty venue, playing a show.
In a perfect day, in a perfect world We address climate change and preserve our planet for generations to come!
I’ll always fight for Alone time.
Currently in love with Pretend It’s A City on Fran Lebowitz.
Hoping to make time to watch All seven seasons of The West Wing (again).
By my bedside I always have Books I’ve been meaning to read…
To help get through the night I Put on Friends, just loud enough to drown out my 3 am, witching-hour thoughts.
Bed time I got in bed at 9 pm last night..shhh…
When I think about tomorrow, it’s always Sorry to quote my own song but: “I fell asleep the old me, saw a new day come in my dreams.” My “Hymn For Tomorrow” is hopeful. I choose to believe it’s going to get better
February 9, 2021
Today, LA-based soul-pop powerhouse Rozzi embraces new beginnings with the announcement of her Hymn For Tomorrow EP -- the first installment of a new full-length body of work coming later this year -- due out in June on S-Curve Records / BMG. Harnessing this positive trajectory, she has revealed a brand new Run Lola Run-inspired music video featuring Alex Wolff (Hereditary, Jumanji, Cat And The Moon, and soon to be released Old) for her latest single “Hymn For Tomorrow”. Known for her arresting pop swagger and heart wrenchingly candid lyrics, Rozzi’s soaring vocal prowess shines through on the piano-driven pandemic-era anthem. Rozzi also co-hosts the popular “Ugh! You’re So Good!” podcast with Scott Hoying of Pentatonix, which in its first season included guests spanning Michelle Kwan, Jonathan Van Ness and Betty Who. The second season launches today, with future episodes featuring Nile Rodgers, Tituss Burgess, Fortune Feimster, Monet X Change + more.
Rozzi shares, “For too long, I let myself be haunted by ghosts from my past, things like failed relationships and career disappointments, because I thought that letting go meant giving up. But “Hymn for Tomorrow” is me realizing that letting go is not the same thing as giving up. Sometimes letting go is simply making room for something new.”
The video for the song, which was directed by iconic British artist and filmmaker, Nick Egan, pays homage to the German cult movie classic Run Lola Run starring Franka Potenta, which explores the role that chance plays in one’s destiny. Following the same format as the film in which events are replayed with slightly different timings to totally different affect, viewers are left wondering if Rozzi is running away from something in the past or towards something better in the future, echoing the song’s sentiment that only in letting go can we truly make progress.
Passionate about the recovery effort for the disastrous fires that ravage her home state of California each year, Rozzi, her co-writer/producer - Eric Leva - and her label, S-Curve Records/BMG donated a portion of proceeds from recent single “Orange Skies” to The American Red Cross (Western Wildfires) and the Bay Area’s Sonoma Family Meal. Rozzi followed this by discussing her point-of-view on climate change, and voting for science on appearances with political platforms NowThis and Sierra Club. Impressed by both the song’s message and her incredible delivery, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran featured the track on his WHOOOSH! Podcast. Her relatable quarantine track “Best Friend Song” found support across SiriusXM Pulse, Spotify “Pop Prism” + “Tomorrow’s Hits” and much more.
After collaborations with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Pusha T, and 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 the opportunity to experience Rozzi’s captivating live show at the Women That Rock 3rd Annual Galentine's Day Concert Live Stream on February 11th!
Hymn For Tomorrow EP tracklist
1. How’d You Learn To Lie Like That
2. I Can’t Go To The Party
4. Mad Man
5. If I’m Gonna Love You
6. Hymn For Tomorrow
7. i dk
Click image above to watch “Hymn For Tomorrow” video
October 28, 2020
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 26, 2020
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Rising San Francisco singer-songwriter Rozzi paid tribute to John Lennon over the weekend with an emotional cover of his classic track, “Jealous Guy.” Rozzi, who has collaborated with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Pusha T., marks the latest artist to celebrate Lennon’s enduring legacy on what would have been his 80th birthday month.
Alongside her video, the Ugh! You’re So Good! podcast host and “Best Friend Song” singer-songwriter, captioned that “[Lennon’s] songs were the first songs I ever heard.”
Rozzi’s sublime performance follows those by a host of artists celebrating Lennon’s influential body of work, including Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Pete Yorn, who each offered stripped-down renditions of “Jealous Guy.” Rufus Wainwright posted a cover of “Mother” to his socials, while Lenny Kravitz shared a soulful take on “Love.” Jeff Tweedy, Willie Nelson, and Noel Gallagher were also among the participants.
John’s son Sean Lennon kicked off the festivities on A Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where he performed the timely “Isolation” (off John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band) from his home. He invited other musicians to share their own covers of his father’s work. “We need his music and his message now more than ever,” urged Lennon.
Rozzi Makes Climate Change Personal w/ “Orange Skies” | Proceeds Donated to The American Red Cross + Sonoma Family Meal
October 14, 2020
Armed with behemoth vocals and a singular creative vision, Rozzi recently released her relatable quarantine single “Best Friend Song” which found support across E!, Ladygunn, American Songwriter, SiriusXM Pulse, Spotify “Pop Prism” + “Tomorrow’s Hits” and much more. Today she refocuses outward with new “Orange Skies”(S-Curve Records/BMG) premiered with with Blackbook Magazine, a timely, reflective ballad about the disastrous fires that have recently ravaged her home state of California – already reaching a record 4-million acres of devastation this year. Passionate about the recovery effort and furthering the discussion of Climate Change, both Rozzi, her co-writer/producer – Eric Leva – and her label, S-Curve Records 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. Despite the massiveness of the issue, I knew I wanted to make the song personal – because of course the underlying issue itself is personal. Climate change isn’t some mythical thing happening to other people, in other places – it’s happening right now, right outside our doors – and we wanted to highlight that intimacy. 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.”
October 5, 2020
Photo Credit: Oscak Ouk
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