L.A. based songstress Haroula Rose has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to finance the pressing of her second album “Here The Blue River” and the distribution of a short film “No Love Song.”
Haroula Rose grew up in Lincolnwood, Illinois to Greek parents, with music constantly playing through the house. She sang in school choirs, musical theater, and her own bands, as well as a capella groups in her youth. One encounter led to her singing on commercial campaigns and working in a recording studio in Chicago. She proceeded to hone her own songwriting and performing after living in Madrid, Spain on a Fulbright grant. During this time she was able to travel throughout Europe, Scandinavia, North Africa and to the MIddle East in Syria, Jordan and Israel, keeping journals, lyrics and ideas the whole time.
“I was teaching music to children in the outskirts of Madrid, making friends with a variety of amazingly talented flamenco and jazz musicians and filmmakers, wondering why I wasn’t doing the same – pushing myself and seeking what I wanted and feared most,” she says. “Finally I just figured if I didn’t really give it a go I would have many regrets later on…”
She moved back to California to pursue her dreams of film and music, basing herself in Topanga Canyon. She briefly attended USC’s MFA program in film, but took an indefinite hiatus to pursue music full time. Her five song debut EP “Someday” led to TV/film placements in series such as “How I Met Your Mother” as well as in feature films. She made a full-length record, “These Open Roads” for which she travelled to Athens, GA to work with acclaimed producer and musician Andy Lemaster (Bright Eyes, Now It’s Overhead, Alessi’s Ark, Whispertown, Azure Ray). “These Open Roads” received critical acclaim from the likes of the LA Times, No Depression, American Songwriter, the Deli LA and Chicago, Popmatters, LA Record, LA Weekly, and countless others. Various tracks have been used in the hit comedy “For A Good Time, Call…” and TV series such as “American Horror Story,” “Awkward,” “The Lying Game,” and many others.
She has since performed at official SXSW showcases two years in a row, and released several singles and remixes as well as a second EP, “So Easy” this last June. “So Easy” was produced by Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, Ben Harper, The Living Sisters) and was lauded by the likes of Magnet Magazine, Spinner, Nylon, Blurt, Verbicide, as well as others.
Her sophomore LP, “Here The Blue River” was finished in October 2012 and features the likes of Jim White, John Neff (Drive By Truckers, Japancakes), Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony & The Johnsons), Ben Peeler (The Wallflowers, Shelby Lynne), Leslie Stevens (Leslie Stevens and the Badgers), and many more. It is currently scheduled for release early 2013. “Here The Blue River” was produced by celebrated singer and songwriter Jim White and Zac Rae (Sara Lov, Early Winters, Pedestrian).
A short film she co-wrote and performed in entitled “No Love Song” was shot in early October 2012 as well. This film will also star Rosanna Arquette and Daniel Ahearn (Daniel Ahearn & The Jones), and was directed by Joselito Seldera. Haroula and Daniel are collaborating as songwriters for this film.