Welsh Country artist Rosey Cale is back with her new single ‘Secrets’ and we sat down with her to discuss the new single, quarantine life and future plans.
Hi Rosey, your last release was your Christmas single ‘I’ll Be Your Baby’ in December. Can you tell us what you’ve been up to since then?
Hey Craig! Well since the start of the year I’ve been focussing on writing and really honing in on my recording skills because I’ve always wanted to learn more. Obviously lockdown has giving me much more time than I originally anticipated to do this so I can’t complain.
I think it’s cool that with ‘I’ll Be Your Baby’ as well as some of your previous singles, you also released Welsh versions of the tracks. Can you tell us why you chose to do this?
I have a lot of friends who speak Welsh as their first language and obviously being Welsh myself I felt it was important to give them some tracks in their language as well as my own. I’m not a confident Welsh speaker but it gave me the opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone and to learn more about the language.
What’s the story behind the new single ‘Secrets’ and how did the song come together?
Ever since writing this one I decided to keep the story behind it a secret. I think it adds the element of mystery to the track but also some people may be able to relate in more ways than one. This song was written very quickly, probably in under 30 minutes with the basic chord structure and lyrics. I just had this instant urge to write because I had something to say.
How has quarantine been for you and do you feel you’ve picked up any habits you want to keep post quarantine?
I’ve actually been really productive, more so than I expected. I’d definitely call myself an introvert, but even for introverts these are weird times. It’s forced me to create a routine for myself as well as focussing on keeping healthy. Obviously I have so many people I want to see and hug as soon as I’m allowed to, but honestly, for me it’s been eye opening at how I’d lost sight of what I wanted to achieve. It’s so easy to get lost in the noise of normal life and external influences that you didn’t know were having an effect on your journey. I’ve also been writing to a few of my close friends which I definitely want to continue after all this craziness.
It’s been around 5 years since your debut EP ‘Creating Images’ came out, how do you feel you’ve grown as an artist in that time?
Oh gosh, that was only the beginning wasn’t it? I’ve learnt SO MUCH since those early days. I could spend ages listing all the things I’ve learnt in those 5 years. But I think the biggest thing for me has been learning how to focus on my own direction. There will be things that go well and things that don’t but not comparing myself to others has been the biggest lesson.
Favourite thing about yourself as an artist?
I like to think it’s my honesty. I don’t like to pretend to be anybody other than myself. What you see is what you get.
Finally, do you have any tentative plans for 2020 depending on how long quarantining goes on?
I have lots of plans that I have set for myself. Hopefully I’ll be able to get the band back together to make a debut album at some point but until then I’m just working as hard as I can to make my music the best it can be. I also plan on doing more on my Youtube channel since I love making videos.
There’s a moody intro to the track blessed by the beautiful softer side of Rosey’s vocals which sets the tone well for the mysterious element that she wanted to keep by not telling the story behind the track. There’s definitely something cool about not knowing the specific details behind a track and being able to interpret the lyrics how you choose. I think Rosey’s fabulous vocal range is a big strength of hers and it’s so effective at getting the feeling of a song across regardless of what style of song she is singing. ‘Secrets’ is always a favourite at live shows, the emotion of it coupled with Rosey’s stunning voice never fails to silence the room and I think she’s captured that perfectly with the recorded version here. There’s uniqueness to her style that I think really helps set her apart with every release of hers and I firmly believe she’s one of the most underrated songwriters on the UK scene right now. ‘Secrets’ is a release that really encapsulates everything that’s so special about Rosey an artist for me, her lyric writing, how well she structures a song and her ability to have the emotions of every listener in the palm of her hands throughout.
Interview conducted by Craig Brooks (twitter.com/swindonforever)