Rose Falcon is like every other 18-year-old and yet, she's probably not like anyone you've ever met. Like many adolescents, Rose grew up feeling like an outsider. When she discovered her gift for music, she realized that the thoughts and feelings that she thought set her apart were, at the same time, universal and that music gave her a way to communicate and connect. "I was never drawn into the typical things that my friends were doing," she says. "But when I began singing and writing songs, it was like: yes! I finally found what I loved to do."
Rose Falcon rings true, an album unlike anything else on the scene right now. Rose's lyrics--sometimes wistful, sometimes playful, always clever--are an authentic depiction of life, capturing the times when it's good and the times when it hurts. Rose Falcon brings joy, pleasure and wonder to her music while addressing some of the toughest issues a young person can face. "I write about how I see things," she explains, "and how they make me feel."
On "Fun," the album's declaration of intent, Rose uses a road trip as a metaphor for life's journey and winds up creating a classic summer anthem balancing boundless youthful exhilaration with an undercurrent of longing. Rose Falcon includes the album's first single, "Up Up Up," a song that also appears in the soundtrack to the Buena Vista/Disney movie, "Inspector Gadget 2."
Rose Falcon was born in New York City on May 2, 1984. "When it comes to me getting into music," she remembers, "I guess I didn't have much of a choice considering that I went directly from the hospital to a studio apartment where, every day, my dad sat and wrote songs. In other words, I was really close to the music, as our apartment consisted of only one room."
When it was time for Rose to start school, the Falcon family moved to New Jersey. "Though we never had any money, everything was going pretty good until my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. Two years later she died." Rose's experience of the loss of her mother, Myla Falcon, lies at the heart of "Best Friend." One of the most emotionally powerful pieces on Rose Falcon, "Best Friend" is an homage to what could have been.
"From that point on, it was my dad and me. We did everything together. I think the music started for me when we would take long car rides together and I would sing songs for my dad like I was the radio. I would ask, 'do you have any pointers for me?' He'd say, 'just keep singing.' So I did."
While her father was able to provide "a somewhat 'normal' childhood" for Rose, she "never really felt like I fit in anywhere, especially in high school: cheerleading, soccer, student council, the whole extracurricular thing--I tried it all for a minute, but nothing ever clicked for me. It was about that time that I began writing poetry and putting into words whatever I was feeling or going through at the time."
Rose's father, Billy Falcon, was more than the primary guiding, nurturing force in her life; he was also a chief musical influence. A respected singer-songwriter in his own right (as a major label recording artist, songwriter and producer), Billy Falcon couldn't help but inspire his daughter, though he never thought she'd follow in his footsteps. Then one night, nearly four years ago in Nashville, where the Falcons live, Rose "surprised my dad by asking him to write a song with me. That day, we wrote the song, 'Looks Are Everything,' which appears, along with ten other songs we've written, on my first album."
So Rose and Billy Falcon became a songwriting team. Did she find it awkward, confessing her innermost secrets to her father as raw songwriting material? Uh, yeah--a little. "It is weird telling your dad some of this stuff," Rose admits, "but my dad's not your typical dad, and he's my best friend--so if he can't understand me, I don't know if anybody can."
Rose began to find further inspiration as a songwriter as her musical tastes expanded. As Rose explains, "I began gravitating towards classic songwriters--Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello--thanks to my dad's record collection." Yet even as her creative process grew more dynamic, Rose reveled in it purely for pleasure. "I was just glad that I had found what I loved to do, and happy that my dad believed in me," she says. "Writing together was always a natural thing--we never forced it. The last thing on my mind was a record deal."
Rose went on to record Rose Falcon in New York, Los Angeles, Memphis and Nashville with Billy Falcon and Gary Burnett producing the bulk of the album and Paul Ebersol (3 Doors Down) contributing to "Fun" and "Looks Are Everything."
Rose's honesty comes across loud and clear in her down-to-earth delivery and insightful lyrics on Rose Falcon. "I write about what I go through," says Rose. "I want my songs to be like friends you turn to because you know they'll understand you when you say, 'I feel fat today' or 'my boyfriend is a jerk.'"
Whether delving into the secrets of the self or dealing with a sometimes cruel world, Rose Falcon covers it all. "At the time I wrote 'Looks Are Everything,' I was just beginning to discover my body and feeling inadequate--I struggled with that for years and am finally coming to terms with it now," she says. "'Breathe' is about breaking up with someone, so you try to make light of it and not let anyone know you're in horrible pain, but the suffocating heartache just doesn't go away. The music sounds happy because the person who's singing it is trying to hide the pain."
It's soundtrack-to-your-life stuff like that, presented in her always forthright style, that allows Rose Falcon to create her own musical identity. Combining the freshness of youth viewing the world anew with the seasoned perception of a woman who paints sharp and lucid portraits of her real-life experiences, Rose Falcon is in tune with her muses and follows her instincts in creating her own brand of music. "To me," she says, contemplating the strong female musicians who've come before her, "a 'rocker chick' is someone who isn't afraid, who is straight-up, honest and real, someone who does things her own way." Then Rose adds an important ingredient, "she's also someone who likes to have fun."
On her debut, you'll meet Rose Falcon: a girl from New York with a vaguely Southern accent, a beautiful young woman who is passionate about her music, a sparkling teenager who gets a kick out of shopping for makeup, and a gifted young artist at the beginning of what promises to be a spectacular career.
"It's so exciting/A little scary/I wish you could come/ Maybe you could come/This is gonna be fun" - Rose Falcon, "Fun," Rose Falcon