Lara Rose

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Lara Rose is a UK singer, songwriter and recording artist with gospel, soul, funk and rnb roots. Her early singing experience started in school and church where she sang in the choir and performed with various gospel artists.

Rose has worked and collaborated with a host of artist worldwide, and has been called soul diva and funk diva. She says if you want to coin me a diva then call me the "underground urban diva" Underground music Urban culture Diva! She says it reflects the host of musical projects to date that still remain secret and underground.

Rose has appeared in musicals including ethnomusicologist Geraldine Connor's Carnival Messiah [1] performing at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, Harewood House and Royal Albert Hall. Rose continues to contribute to the 'dance music' sense, collaborating with a host of DJs and dance music producers including DJ Ease of Nightmares on Wax, DJ Planky, DJ Dr Watson and music producer Tom Quick. She also continues to make appearances at local jazz concerts, in what Rose calls, 'drop ins for a sing song!'

Rose has performed fronting her own band in the legendary Harlem Bush Club [2] held regularly in Leeds. She also features with Leeds funk based bands,[3]Capri, The New Mastersounds, Chunky Butt Funky and the Haggis Horns who feature with Mark Ronson. Images of Rose and other Leeds musicians have been captured on canvass by Leeds fine artist Neil Hardy in his Funk'd [4] exhibition!

She went on to record and tour [5] with the James Taylor quartet JTQ, releasing the single 'Free'[6] which also features on the JTQ 'Room at the Top'[7] JTQ#Discography album.

Rose returning to her gospel roots in conjunction with GLP Records [8] recorded and released the single, "Once Beloved" [9].

In 2011 Lara Rose joined the Leeds based band The Soul Circle Gang [10]. In 2012 the band played a number of UK music festivals including Beatherder, Beacons and Sheffield's Tramlines Festival. As well as performing at many UK venues The Soul Circle Gang are set to release their first single 'Fresh Fruit' in late 2012.

Rose is also a Pharmacist (Winner Branch of Britain 2004,Pharmacist Manager)[11] (Pharmaceutical Chemist) and is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB). Rose fulfilled the family ethos of growing up to be in a 'notable' profession. She is currently actively involved in the world of pharmacy. Rose works as a community pharmacist and serves on the RPSGB Leeds & District Branch Council [12] as Chairman elect and Public Relations Officer (BPRO).

Discography[edit]

  • Live At The Underground - Zolga;
  • Boogie Man - Capri (Putting it all together) GLP;
  • Free/Sky - JTQ 7" Single - Blow it Hard Records;
  • Room At The Top - JTQ (Free);Sanctuary Records
  • Nasty Boy - Zolga;
  • Once Beloved - ZOLGA/GLP
  • Satellite Sweetheart - Dave Formula- Lead vocalist - Wire Sound Ltd

References[edit]

1. The pharmaceutical Journal 7 Feb 2004 (vol 272) pg 151