Rosa Cesareo is making waves with her genre-blending, powerful releases, and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada, this 20-year old multi-talented singer, songwriter, and producer has managed to cultivate bold and unique sound which can be heard on her latest hit, “Cruisin'." Rosa Cesareo draws inspiration from her real-life experience when tapping into her creative energy. She effortlessly gives off an attitude and style in her songs and performances that captivate audiences.
Over the course of her musical journey so far, Cesareo has performed at a variety of events and venues in Las Vegas and Boston. She is currently studying at Berklee College of
Music where she continues to hone her craft. We can’t wait to see what comes next from this rising talent.
Now, let’s dive into her latest release, “Cruisin.’" Rosa Cesareo’s main instrument is the piano, and we are graced with a beautiful key-driven backing throughout “Cruisin’” that is met with intricate percussion to help drive the song forward. Cesareo’s vocals steal the show throughout the track, with a smooth yet powerful sultry tone. Her performance is dynamic, flowing through the song with a vocal prowess far beyond her years.
She is unapologetic in her delivery, and we are hooked upon every word. Flawless runs and rich tones blend beautifully within the track, as Cesareo pulls us in with a confidence that is to die for. “Cruisin’” is packed to the brim with bold energy that makes you want to get up and dance, and we are loving every second of it.
Go and show Rosa Cesareo some love on her latest killer track, “Cruisin,’” and keep an eye out for future 2022 releases from this rising star.
We are so happy to have you here celebrating the release of your single, "Cruisin.'" Can you tell us a bit more about the inspiration behind this captivating track?
Thanks so much for having me! I wrote "Cruisin'" when I was 18 years old. At this point in time, I was healing from some very toxic situations in my life; I'm not sure what exactly motivated me to sit and write this song, but I remember reflecting and feeling so many emotions at once. I like to use a lot of personification and tell a story with my lyrics. To me, "Cruisin'" is a story about vices, acceptance, letting go, and self-love. I was tired of being a punching bag and settling for old habits. I definitely tend to make light of difficult situations in my music with humor and adopt a type of alter-ego. For example, in the chorus, I acknowledge my recklessness and almost dare you to test me to see "how far I'll go." I just had a vision of that one person at a party getting way too messed up and ruining everything for everyone, and it was really funny to me. The post-chorus is the most serious part of the song, where I ignore everyone and everything and begin to discover myself. My favorite lyric has to be "I fell in love with myself in the moonlight." It really moves me.
Your love and passion for music and performing are extremely apparent in your music. Do you remember where your love for music all began? Who were some of your biggest inspirations growing up?
When I was a little girl, I'd put Gwen Stefani or Britney Spears on my Hello Kitty CD player and sing and dance all day. I didn't have any formal training, but singing made me happy, and so that's what I did. I'm grateful that I got into music because it has really shaped who I am and helped me in so many ways; now, I'm here in Boston studying at Berklee College of Music. It's a dream come true. My biggest inspiration growing up had to be Amy Winehouse; she was so beautiful and unique, and she was just one badass chick all around. I loved her voice, style, and attitude. I related to her having a deeper, powerful voice as a woman. It's not always common in popular music to have this representation.
How do songs like "Cruisin'" represent you and help us get to know you better? What impact do you hope to make with songs like this?
"Cruisin'" represents me as a human. I make mistakes, and I have my moments, but ultimately I try to learn and grow from them. I give in to temptations and have certain tendencies, but it's just who I am, and I love it. I am always aiming to be the better version of myself; self-acceptance is key. I hope people can relate to these messages and will know that they don't have to feel weird or alone because they aren't the only weirdo out there. On a surface level, I just want people to hear it and have a good time! It's an uplifting and energetic track. My friends love playing it at parties. It doesn't always have to be about the deeper meaning.
What sort of atmosphere and vibe did you want the instrumentals and production to give off in "Cruisin?'" Did you have any help bringing these sonics to life?
I wanted to create a passionate, fierce vibe with the production of "Cruisin'." The song is all about attitude, so hard-hitting bass, drums, and piano had to be. The tone is pretty dark, plus I have a tendency to write in minor keys. I have a lot of different musical influences, from Pop to Latin to Hip-hop, which meshes together in my head and comes out in the form of a song like "Cruisin'." I had a lot of help from Curtis Martin, my producer based in Las Vegas! I brought him the demo, and he perfected it. Our sessions look like this: I play the piano and sing, we produce all other instrumentation, and he mixes/masters everything. He's amazing and talented; working with him is always fun and very productive.
What's next for you?
I have a bunch of singles coming out this year! The next song is one I wrote called "Manic," which will be out in April. I have two other songs ready to go after that and most likely a couple of music videos. By the way, I should mention there is a music video for "Cruisin'" out on Youtube! I directed everything, and my friend @babyflexfilms shot and edited the whole video. It was a great time, and I think the visuals really complement everything that the song is. I have big dreams, and I'm trying to grow as an artist in the music industry as much as possible. I'm performing a lot of shows in Boston and Vegas- where I get to play my own music! I also have my first Sofar Sounds show on March 13. Follow my Instagram to stay tuned.