Rose Finn @rosemarianfinn1
How was your act started?
I was helping to run a Jazz Jam Night once a month and used to sing a song or two with the Jammers. Although I had performed in stage Plays and a few musicals, this was different because it was me. I was not portraying a
character. It was very different.
We formed a group to perform as charity events and for fun. I was the singer. It was huge fun. We performed old jazz standards. I just loved performing. Then I had a big birthday and my friends clubbed together and bought me some recording time for a birthday present.
Wow, never in a million years would I have gone into a studio had it not been for that gift. It took another year before I stepped into the
studio, but that was the beginning, I recorded a few covers and thought that was it.
I thought I might start going out and singing and indeed I got asked to do a few concerts and a wedding, However, it was during a 2 year
illness that I really found myself getting more and more involved in music. It was my saviour.
I found myself with tunes and lyrics going round in my head, The first song was, You Got Me. I managed to get that out at the end
I though that would be the only song. I have always written poetry over the years but have never found myself with both tune and lyrics, it was unusual for me. It didn’t stop there and I have since written several
Can you tell our listeners about your act?
I am mostly a recording artist but I do perform live whenever I can. I am more suited to cafe scene, intimate
surroundings or theatre. I have done a couple of local festivals but I am still very new to music and performing
as Rose Finn.
Have you ever been in a band?
Yes as I said earlier, We formed a band called the Honey Collective made up of people from the Jazz Jams. It was predominantly old Jazz. Performing a local fetes and for charity. People eventually went their own way and
last year we reformed with a slight change of style doing oldies, some Motown aimed at having fund and so we could perform at a local festival. That’s kind of folded too and I am very busy with my own work.
Where are all act members from?
There were all local and I still see them we are all friends.
Do you do everything as an act?
No. I do my own songs as a solo.
What are your ambitions when you first started?
I had no ambitions or expectations. I had no idea I could do this. If I had not been ill, I would have been busy doing stage plays in my spare time and the occasional karaoke. If I had not been given the recording time present I would never have gone into a studio.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven’t heard you?
It does have a strong jazz influence but I think it’s smooth jazz. Some jazz is hard to, Listen too in the same way heavy metal can be. I am definitely more easy listening. I have also written a few Celtic style songs, so I am not
really limited to one style.
I have real instruments on my tracks. I engage session musicians to play, so musically they are very high quality, I record at a professional recording studio. TomTysons The Music Farm so Production is really good. Vocally it’s me and I am never happy, I always wish I could do better.
When I started I couldn’t play a musical instrument and I had no notion of key or chords. I. The last 18 months I’ve learned to play Ukulele and
guitar. Ok I’m not good, I can only strum but I can accompany myself for fun and I love it. I will never good enough to play on one of my tracks. That’s not going to happen any time soon ������
Where was your first gig?
As Rose Finn. It was The Fajry Dust Emporium cafe in Silloth, Cumbria.
Where was your latest gig?
Last Saturday, Victoria Hotel Drigg, annual fundraiser
Who writes your songs?
I do, although I have recorded some Country songs written by Tom Tyson and others.
who writes the music who writes lyrics?
I write both. I usually come up with the melody and lyrics together. If it is strong, I keep singing it over and over then into a voice recorder so I don’t forget. I never ignore the signs now, if I get the phrase I stick at it and the
rest soon follows.
What genre do you feel you are?
Mostly smooth Jazz to easy listening,
Why did you pick that particular style?
I have no idea, I think it just picked me. I used to listen to Dusty, Anita O’Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holliday a
lot. Maybe the Jazz club then steered me a little. I could say I am an old romantic and an old soul and I would
be telling the truth.
What are your songs about?
They are a lot about love, relationships, yearning, even memories . When I wrote A World Apart I was looking out to sea. I was thinking about there being a someone for everyone but how do you find them?. Is it possible to
feel each other’s presence, across oceans. I believe it is. The power of love is so strong.
My EP I’m still working on is about one woman’s journey of discovery, it leads her to the far North of Scotland and the Isle of Skye where
the spirits of her ancestors tell her to follow her dream and not be afraid. It will be called. Celtic Roads – The Spirit If Skye
Do you write your own material or mainly covers?
Oh I do love a cover but I am focussed on my own work for now but if it dried up, then there is so many amazing
songs I would love to sing.
Have you made any albums?
I did make an Album, “Never Too Late” It is a mixture of my own songs and Toms, I really did t know what I was doing, I just put it out and hoped for the best. It’s nit bad but it’s a mixture of jazz and country. And maybe I should have put them out as two separate EPs…we learn, never to old to learn
If yes, what are they?
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
Yes I do. ROSE FINN MUSIC DRAMA ARTS, I have theatre clips and some live performances clips. I also have a music video for You Got Me, and other music videos I made myself The music is in a playlist: Rose Finn Music
What got you started in music?
I have always loved music but my life was turned upside down by a weird illness, I was no longer able to Pursue my usual hobbies and lifestyle, I found music or it found me, I started writing songs and that is what has
brought me to my present situation. I had no idea I had it in me.
What year was the act started?
Best/worst gig you’ve played?
Which solo artist is the best you´ve seen?
If you mean live performance…..Diana Ross was Brilliant
What are your goals with your music?
None. I just love it
What are your sources of inspiration?
I drawn in the experiences of Life
What’s the first step when making a new song?
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums?
It’s sad because we rarely play an Album and really get to know every track. We are swamped in music but I accept that is the way it is now and it also allows us to decide what we want to listen to and not be dictated to by the music giants.
What would be your dreams for the act?
I am just happy every day to find someone has listened. I am living my best life everything that happens is a bonus. I could not have imagined I was capable of doing this.
Besides your own music, what genres and acts do you listen to?
Too much….FINN my nephews, they’re brilliant. a local band called FLYNT RnB funky jazz fusion, Pop and Electro Lofthouse Leo from South Africa, Madonna, Jamie Cullen, Ed Sheehan, George Ezra, Charlotte Church,
Imelda May, spice girjs, Steo Wall Irish Folk with a modern twist. Musical theatre…..loads and loads.
What do you hold most dear?
What would be your greatest fears for the future?
Breakdown of world Peace
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then?
What would you do if there was no music?
How important are your fans?
I am very new to this so I don’t think about me having fans, I am surprised by the messages and comments and honestly very moved that people listen to me and actually like it enough to leave me messages. They are
wonder and I am very grateful.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment?
All You Gotta Do
What do you feel is the best solo artist you’ve seen live?
Diana Ross – I saw her in Cologne Germany and she had the lights brought up so she could see people’s faces
Do you have any webpages?
Describe your show, visually and musically
Cosy, it’s just me,
How do you view the music industry of today?
I don’t know much about it. I’m not concerned with it. I do what I do because I love it. If others love it that’s a bonus.
What advice would you like to give other acts?
Have a go but do it for love
What are the biggest obstacles for an act?
How would you describe your sound in one sentence?
Rose Finn is a little different
Do you have anything to add?