Amy Rose's star is most certainly on the rise. With the release of her rockin' new single "Country Crazy," the singer climbs to the mountain top, aiming her sights on US domination. Having previously taken Canadian radio by storm, this outside cut is her fourth entry in the states. 2014 has already proven to be quite the year for Rose, having garnered her first-ever No. 1 hit song with "Sunshine" on the New Music Weekly Chart.
This milestone also goes hand-in-hand with her 2013 win for Entertainer of the Year at the International Music and Entertainment Association Awards (IMEA). Rose admits to NashvilleGab (in an exclusive interview) that she's still getting used to the new title. "Sometimes it seems a bit hard to put it out there, but you know me, I’m a conceited person," she laughs. "I use it all the time. Nobody loves me more than I love myself."
But don't be fooled by her smiling exterior, Rose does feel a bit of pressure from the honor. She explains, "Sometimes it has its pressure because you want to live up to that pedestal people put you up on. There’s times where I’m like, ‘wow. Entertainer of the Year, did I really deserve it?’ There’s times where, ‘I worked my butt off to get there.’ There’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears and a lot of traveling and music nonstop."
"There’s definitely pressure there, but I’m so grateful that fans think I actually deserve it," she says, noting that she's noticed a reinvogorated drive in her creativity. "Everything you’ve been working on to that point, it meant something. When people say, ‘hey, we like her enough to give her that title, and we like her enough to listen to her and keep her songs playing on the radio,’ it gives me drive. It makes what I do that much more meaningful."
On her first chart-topping achievement, she recalls how she discovered the news: the great ole social media way! "I think it was one of those things where people hadn’t even emailed me or called me about it yet. I read about it on Facebook," she details. "It was someone congratulating me. I was like, ‘What? What? This is a mistake.’ It was definitely unexpected, and at my video shoot for ‘Country Crazy,’ I was presented with a gold record. That was awesome. I’m still on a happy high."
Rose's new single might just test her mettle as an artist. "They have high expectations for this song. I’m really hoping I don’t let them down," she says. The song, a fusion of southern rock and traditional country, was co-written by Rose's producer Marty Beecroft, Glenn Coulson and Tal Backman, "who had some huge hits of his own (including ‘She’s So High’). His dad is from The Guess Who," she says, adding that she's had the song for quite some time.
"It was one of those things where, when I first started working with Marty and Glenn, they brought the song to me. But it didn’t fit in my timeline. We had already picked out the songs we wanted to do for our Nashville session. I loved it and put it on the back burner. When the time came, we pulled it back out. I’m a country crazy chick, right? So, it really fit my personality."
For the song's upcoming music video, expected next month, Rose enlisted her family to help her out. Her mom even stars in several scenes, including a rowdy bar scenario. "My mom is fantastic; she’s my best friend. When on the road, she’s there with my kids, taking care of them. She has bigger dreams for me than I have for myself. She wants nothing more than to see me succeed. To have it be a part of stuff like this, I’m over the moon," Rose says of having her mom on the set.
How did that come about? "I demanded it," Rose teases. "I said, ‘Mom, you’re gonna be in this video whether you like it or not!’ And I showed her who the boss was. If she came into this room, she could take me out, so I definitely wouldn’t talk to her like that. No, I just said, ‘what do you think about being in the video?’ And she was so excited about it. She’s just as conceited as I am. She was like, ‘yeah! My face! My hair! My makeup!’"
As her new single keeps gaining steam on the airwaves, Rose confesses a full-length album could be possible down the road. "I keep saying we’re working on this album and want to get it done. But realistically, we just have an album full of singles. We go into the studio and release a song. Then it gets put on the EP. As much as I’d like to say an album is in our near future, I can’t say that."
Through her powerhouse vocals and Miranda Lambert performance style, Rose has earned the nickname Redneck Diva, although she's not sure how that happened. "I can understand the redneck part because my family is one of the biggest redneck families you’ll ever meet. We’re a cross between ‘Duck Dynasty’ and ‘Honey Boo Boo,'" she quips. "The diva part–I don’t think I’m a diva. I’m like take me out to the trailer park and hose me down."
So no, don't expect any Mariah Carey antics from this singer. And she has something to say about that, too, "Funny story. I actually went to see the Mariah concert in Toronto about five years ago," Rose recalls. "She was in the middle of a song. I guess she was in those really high stiletto heels that I couldn’t even begin to walk in. There was a little hole in the stage. She stopped her song and made her crew come out and patch it up. It’s one of those things that is so Mariah."
She adds, "I don’t even wear shoes have the time. If there’s a hole in the stage, I just pray I don’t fall through it."
With more and more live performances on the horizon, including several at this year's CMA Music Festival in Nashville, keeping her voice in tip-hop condition is high priority. "Somebody told me years and years ago, the best thing to do is treat your voice like a car. Your car needs gas to run, and your vocals need water to run," she advises on her own routine. "Constantly hydrate them. Know your limits. You know it’s hot out and you know you're gonna be singing for 40 minutes."
Before heading out onto the stage for a performance, she says her band came up with a great way to get the blood pumping. "We tell each other something good about each other before we go onstage. Like, ‘Christina, you are looking fabulously electrifying today.’ That way we get the ego boosted up, ‘Wow, Amy, you look great in those spandex pants.’"
On the horizon, Rose reveals that she'll be hitting the studio again very, very soon. "We’re going back into the studio next month to work on the next single," she says. "It’s a fast, upbeat, fun kind of like ‘Party Like A Redneck’ gone retro."
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