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Rosie Vela


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Roseanne “Rosie” Vela was born in the gulf coast city of Galveston, Texas. Musically inclined from an early age, she started playing piano at age six and studied opera singing as a young teenager. Once she discovered rock’n’roll, Rosie immersed herself in the late ’60s Galveston psychedelic music scene and soon began singing in a local band called Purple Haze.

When Rosie was 16, she moved with her family to Little Rock, Arkansas. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in the University of Arkansas, where she studied art and music and dabbled in modeling. Also while there, Rosie met and fell in love with a musician named Jimmy Roberts. Rosie and Jimmy married, but sadly Jimmy died of cancer a few months later. Shortly after Jimmy’s tragic death, Rosie left the university and moved to New York to pursue what would turn out to be a very successful modeling career.

In the mid ’80s, Rosie decided to put her career on hold so that she could pursue her musical ambitions. She signed with A&M Records in 1986 and recorded and released her debut album, “Zazu”, that year. This haunting collection of songs features unique jazzy melodies, dreamy vocals, and clever, idiosyncratic lyrics about lost love. You might remember the singles “Magic Smile”, “Interlude”, and “Fool’s Paradise”, which got some minor radio and video airplay. During 1987 Rosie toured briefly in support of “Zazu”, opening up shows for The Fixx and Andy Summers in the USA.


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  • KingFahtah

    It is

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • GaryExo

    So under-appreciated. "Zazu" is timeless and brilliant.

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • paroos

    "Zazu", great album from 1986-87!

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • andromadeus

    I'm a fan of her since 1987, I love her beauty, her voice and her music's such a pity that she couldn't release further albums...

    5 Jul 2010 Reply

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