We had the good fortune of connecting with Caley Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caley, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the most important factors that have brought me success in the music business have been authenticity, my dogged determination, and finally trusting my own voice. On authenticity: I used to think of networking as a dirty word. It felt disingenuous to me, so I never wanted to actively do it. It took an accidental “networking” opportunity to show me what networking really is: liking people! Networking can be successful when you realize that it’s enjoying meeting new people, making them feel good, and feeling good yourself! I couldn’t believe it when that clicked for me. People tend to want to work with cool and nice people. Can we blame them? If you show yourself as the nice and cool person you are, and if you have skill on top of that, people will want to work with you! Another key component behind my success has been dogged determination. I used to think I had zero value in this industry. I thought I was lucky to be in ANY room, let alone the ones with talented people with impressive resumes. I didn’t value myself, my voice, my creativity, or my strong work ethic at all and made a lot of mistakes in business due to that. Now, I’m so thankful to know that I am worthy of a seat at the table and have interesting ideas to offer. Of course, that took time, a lot of falling on my face, and studying songwriting to get to this realization! I stopped and started in music several times and let the fear voices tell me that I wasn’t good enough to make it. Those fear voices can speak loudly and ruin everything! My determination to work in music allowed me to fall, pick myself up and try again, and also to email people I wanted to work with so many times that the emails eventually cut through their busy inboxes and they THANKED me for not giving up. I knew that my songs had value for those individuals, I wasn’t emailing blindly, so I didn’t give up. Lastly, I finally found success by realizing that my voice deserves to be heard. I knew I wanted to be a singer since I was three years old, but when I finally became honest about what I really wanted to do, I assumed that I should listen to outside voices about what kind of music to write and make. I had studied as a singer my whole life, so I assumed that I should listen to the more seasoned writers about what kind of music to make. What emerged from those writing sessions were songs I didn’t even want to listen to in my spare time, and I certainly didn’t feel confident singing those songs on stage. It took me finding myself as a songwriter to find myself as a singer. I finally could express what I wanted to say about myself from my heart and soul, and these stories were uniquely mine, because only I could express them in that way. That has made people lean in and want to listen.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I just released my single, “Behind Closed Doors,” on all streaming and music purchase platforms, and there’s a “Cinematic Remix” of the song releasing March 26th along with an official video! In order to celebrate the song and its message of truth and transparency, I’ve been having a lot of fun on social media releasing “Behind Closed Doors” videos of me candidly sharing secrets and truths. I was so inspired by Cardi B and her candor, so I’m taking a page from the book of other artists I admire. I’ve had a great response of people connecting to the stories I share in ways that surprise me. My goal with music is to help people realize they’re not alone- in the dark, the sad, even the weird experiences, so I’m hoping these videos help even just one person realize that they’re not alone.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best day ever would be spent on the beach from the moment my eyes open to the moment they shut at night! I would take my best friend to pick up some breakfast burritos at Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica, and we would park it on the sand all day on some hidden beach along the Malibu coast! If we needed a break from the sun, and since this is a dream day and traffic and distance don’t exist, we’d grab to go margaritas at Mercado in SM without leaving the sand. Maybe in this dream world, they could be delivered to us on the sand! We would bike along the paths, join a game of beach volleyball, and watch the sun set on the water. For dinner, we’d head to N Italia for the best pizza everrrr! And we’d sit outside, because I love that fresh Cali air! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout of gratitude to!: My mom: for getting me in voice lessons at age 8, always encouraging me to chase my passions, and teaching me to never give up My grandma: for singing me lullabies and encouraging me to sing my heart out My husband: for listening to every mix, carrying my keyboard to gigs, and the love that lets my best self out Rob Seals and the Songwriting School of LA: for changing my life by showing me that I am a songwriter!
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5IwTDqAUsKvQvT5iJVzYIs?si=ohKC1xvoTbmeSebfEiuMvQ Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/caley-rose/490367784 Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/fr/artist/9854408 Tiktok: @caleyrosemusic
Image Credits: Reina Mora Karl Walker