Currently residing in Boston, MA, Elle Rose is flourishing within the musical environment at the Berklee College of Music. Elle Rose has deep roots within music—an artist who as surrounded by it her entire life, Elle Rose puts her entire soul and passion into what she creates, and it’s proven within her music. This is an artist who gives off nothing but soul, and knowing how to perfectly execute soul music in today’s day and age is no joke. But we aren’t laughing when it comes to Elle’s music, because it’s quality speaks volumes to us here at BuzzMusic. For the country community, get ready for the splash Elle will make! She reminds me so much of Kacey Musgraves, the way their voices just blend so well with the production of the song, and how it melts it my ears upon hearing it.
Extreme country roots deeply engrained in this song. The track begins immediately with the favorite country tune we’re used to hearing in the most popular country tracks to date. Then, we are immersed with Elle’s bubbly and diverse pitch. “What’s on Your Mind” is a fun pop-country song that flares a little bit of folk sounds to completely immerse the listener in the upbeat and soulful experience. That’s exactly what caught my attention while listening to “What’s on Your Mind”—how upbeat and fun the melody is, that it entrances you and instantly switches your mood to happy. This mid-afternoon slump had me feeling a little more awake and less negative after listening to Elle Rose’s music, and as an artist it can be difficult to really blossom that feeling in listeners, but Elle has no such difficulty with her latest single. I was immensely attracted to Elle’s ability to immerse the listener in an experience through her music, and when all of the harmonies came together with her voice, I knew the song was meant to be a hit in the country-pop genre.
We suggest you give “What’s on Your Mind” a listen to here, and continue reading for Elle Rose’s interview!
Hey Elle! Tell us about yourself and how you knew you wanted to pursue the pop-country category in music?
Growing up I was surrounded by all types of music. I was constantly listening to jazz, classical, R&B, pop, and country to name a few. I tended to favor country music over any of the other genres, however. I adored voices like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and The Dixie Chicks. All of these women were huge inspirations with their big powerful voices, their stunning harmonies, and their deep storytelling in their songs. When I started writing my own songs, I drew a lot of my inspiration from women like them, however, my writing also tended to have quite a pop sound to it. I was always confused about this because at the time mixing those two genres wasn't really common, but I also felt like I would be out of place in both separate genres. It wasn't until a couple of years ago when Maren Morris had her breakthrough that I started to believe I could actually break into this genre and have a place and a voice that mattered there. Maren has carved a path for women like me who aren't just inspired by one specific genre. Her music is a perfect combination of so many different types of sounds, which makes her super unique. This is exactly the path I want to follow, and I hope I can continue to break the barriers between genres through my music.
Your voice in “What’s on Your Mind” was whimsical and angelic, yet modern to meet the sound country lovers like to hear today. Is this how you envisioned the product of your song sounding?
Yes! Again, I always knew my voice had kind of a unique sound to it, especially comparing it to most female country singers these days. I wanted to showcase my true voice, while also catering to the modern country sound people are looking for.
If you could collaborate with one artist on your next single, who would you choose?
Oof that's a tough one. I think if I had to choose one artist to collab with on my next single it would be Lennon Stella. Her voice is always something I have admired, and her writing leaves me speechless. I think there are also some similarities between Lennon and me, especially our backgrounds. She too grew up with parents who are musicians and came from country music. Although she has gone the pop route with her own music, I think bringing her back to her country roots could be really cool.
As a female country artist, have you faced a lot of obstacles within this category?
Luckily, I haven't had to face anything too crazy yet by being a female in this category. I do know, however, that in the future I definitely will come across situations that are tough. That being said, I believe that if you truly believe in the equality of each person, you can avoid the majority of issues like that. A lot of these problems and lack of equality stem from the fear of them happening before they actually do.
What can we expect to see from you in the rest of 2019?
The rest of 2019 is going to be an exciting one. I was just in the studio this morning recording the first track to my EP that will be released this summer. This EP is a journey through the past three years of my life. The EP is a closing of a chapter for me. I went through some really tough shit my senior year of high school, and I haven't fully had a chance to grasp closure on it. This EP is therapy for me, it's a closing of a chapter, and it is absolutely something I cannot wait to share with the world.