Ottawa native Roxanne is making her name known in the Canadian music scene as a solo artist. Dabbling in many genres of music has pushed her love of exploring new and different rhythms, allowing her to use a mixture of each in every hit she creates! Her unique sound hits every aspect of ‘different’ and ‘new’, something that is missed and rare in the music industry.
With her outstanding voice backed up by a strong bass, complemented by smooth jazz, Roxanne’s new single “Take a Ride” will entice you. Her vocals and captivating lyrics not only speak to you but are filled with good vibes as she puts you directly in line with how she was feeling when she wrote: “Take a Ride”. Created with warm undertones and a splash of electro-pop, this song is just the first of many for Roxanne to release in 2020 and with her talent that projects onto her powerful voice, we can only imagine what she has in store in the future.
It’s great to have you at BuzzMusic! Your music truly captivates us. What’s the story behind Roxanne and how did you launch your career in music?
I’ve always been drawn to music since as long as I can remember. I believe that its unique power to tell stories and evoke emotions whether listening to music or playing music had a significant impact on me. My involvement in music began by singing songs that played on the family radio which was mostly classic rock. Discovering different genres as an adolescent including pop, R&B, soul, funk, disco, dance, hip hop, electronica, experimental, etc., I realized that I wanted to sing and create music. I studied voice at an art school that focused on classical music and opera. Unfamiliar with classical music and opera, it took time for me to appreciate it, but it eventually grew on me. Finding a love of music and a love for the theatrical performance in the operatic realm, I pursued my studies in vocal performance and education and earned a music degree at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.
I started my music career as a singer in classical and opera, as well as in a theater, where I had the great honor to perform on many prestigious stages including Ottawa’s National Arts Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Keeping my passion for popular music and writing original songs, my fascination of different music genres became stronger as did my need to express myself through my original works. As a result, I crossed over into the world of popular music to join different groups and artists and began focusing on my songwriting. I loved working with different artists, exploring new music, and learning about my creative process as a singer-songwriter. It seemed that creating music and lyrics was an easier and more engaging medium for me to share my stories and my messages with others. Though I started writing music using the piano as my accompanying instrument, I also had an orchestral approach to how I heard music in my mind and had to work on trying to replicate rhythms, melodies, harmonies, and hooks that I created. Luckily the use of technology including music software such as MIDI helped in the process of creating arrangements and production work. Forming “Nile Groove”, my Ottawa-based reggae band, I recorded and produced my first original album “Uncovered” in 2015, followed by the release of “Insatiable” in 2017. While “Nile Groove” became successful locally and abroad, I had an itch to composed dance-electronica material as a solo project as I love the energy and the dance effect of that music genre. In 2019, I released my first debut solo single entitled “Like Suga”, and in 2020, I released my second solo single “Take a Ride” which brought me to know other music communities and fans all over the world.
With achievements already checked off, there is still so much I want to do creatively; I feel that I’m just scratching the surface and getting started on launching my music career. Rather than trying to lead the music where I think I want it to go, as a prolific and versatile singer-songwriter, I follow where the music takes me, and commit to the journey.
You're a singer-songwriter, performing artist, recording artist and independent music producer. What's it like being a multi-faceted female artist in the Canadian music industry? Have you faced advantages or disadvantages?
Although, from my experience, men in the music industry are more numerous than women at all levels; from musicians to engineers to artist representatives and executives, I don’t feel that there are advantages or disadvantages being a female artist but do hope to see more female representation in the music industry. As a multi-faceted artist, being open to explore and learn a variety of things provided me with vast experiences. Versatility granted me a wealth of knowledge and skills both as an artist and as a music business administrator, granting me more flexibility regarding creative possibilities and more flexibility regarding roles I can take within the business of music. In the same token, the workload of being multi-faceted is challenging, and surprisingly, versatility as a selling point, especially when you’re an emerging artist can be harder regarding creating a specific niche and a specific fan base. In the end, as lessons I’ve learned early in the music industry, I believe that knowledge and skills are power. The more you know about the business and the more skills you develop, the abler you are to create a music career that reflects your wants, your needs, and your creative values and identity.
We really enjoyed listening to your new single “Take A Ride” and the unique vibe it brings to the industry. What inspired you to write this song?
“Take a Ride” is inspired by long-distance love. I wrote it to capture the connection of the heart in the absence of the physical state.
Your artistry combines a mixture of many great genres which can be difficult to do! How do you manage to do this and make it sound so flawless and effortless?
Thank you for the compliment. I believe that even though music is divided by categories called genres, music is music. As I’ve always loved different music genres, and don’t have a favorite one, fusion comes into play quite naturally when I’m creating original pieces.
As a person, I love variety. As an artist, I love to push my creative limits by not putting my art in a box, and so, in order to expand my music vocabulary and skills, I try to be as versatile as I can be. With years of practice, versatility has become my norm. By creating change to my repertoire in which change is often a reflection of what I’m feeling during that time and space in my life, my projects are always interesting to me, and it’s with that renewed passion and energy that I pursue them.
Thank you for talking with us Roxanne! What can we expect to see from you throughout 2020?
As performing, songwriting, recording, and producing are always at the forefront, fans can expect lots more shows and, new music! I am very excited to announce that I’ll be releasing my debut solo album entitled “Love Rebel” this year, as well as a few music videos of tracks from my “Love Rebel” album throughout 2020.