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Heartstrings may be pulled while listening to Baby Rose’s debut album, To Myself. According to the Atlanta soul singer, her 2020 album—which had Pitchfork comparing her “cavernous voice” to that of legendary Nina Simone—was more than just an introductory body of work. It was a testament to the power of her own unique voice.
“When I was younger, I used to get bullied about my voice,” the singer says in our latest episode of On the Rise. “It’s amazing how your weaknesses become your strengths over time.”
She adds that she first knew her voice was different since she was a kid. “I knew that I had a very unique voice ever since I was very young. But it wasn’t because it was celebrated, it was more because I was teased about it.”
Still, that didn’t stop Baby Rose. “The first time that I stepped out of my comfort zone was when I did my high school talent show,” she recalls. “I had them roll out a piano and I sang a song that I wrote. And I won first place. And that shit kind of sealed the deal for me.”
Of her debut album, the singer-songwriter also had to dig deep.
“I was in a very real situation where I was at the end of a four-year relationship with somebody that I thought I was gonna be with for life,” she divulges. “It felt like I was kind of in the ocean and having to learn to swim. Instead of drowning, I created To Myself.”
Beware, the album has a way of making its listeners feel like they’re drowning in their emotions, too—even if Baby Rose is firmly standing on her own two feet now. Last year, the 25-year-old singer toured with Ari Lennox. (She also headlined her own tour this year, although it was cut short amid the coronavirus pandemic.)
“Everything has been phenomenal so far,” she says. “I would not trade anything for the world.
For all of her brokenhearted listens, Baby Rose has some advice. “The album itself is a reminder to me to remember what the source is. For all of my happiness, for all of my fulfillment, ultimately comes from myself,” she says. “And it’s not a cute process. It’s not pretty. It’s not easy. This isn’t gonna be the last time that my heart is broken in one way or another. And I kind of learned to embrace it because when things go left, it usually means some shit is about to go right.”
Watch the full interview to see what else she had to say.
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