We had the good fortune of connecting with Rockie Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rockie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Music has always been my life. I grew up in a musical family… music enveloped me. I remember they would pass a hat when I would sing at parties as a little girl, and a light bulb went off as I went home with a wad of cash haha! My first paid gig was singing back up for my mom at a corporate event at the age of 10. Throughout school, my favorite class was always music and all my electives revolved around choir, theatre and dance. Nothing else really interested me. I realized as a teen how unfulfilling a “normal” job was for me. I felt like I wasn’t doing what I was meant to do. There were times where I had a few in-between jobs in my early 20s, but once you’ve experienced working in a creative or entertainment-based environment, it’s so hard going back to a regular job. The people you’re around are different, in a good way; like-minded. You can be an artist, you can be yourself. You share a part of your heart and soul with each show or performance. It never feels like work and every day is different. Music is therapeutic, healing and freeing-not only for myself, but for the audience. You can totally impact someone’s life even for a moment through music – through lyrics – through an experience. Everyone on stage and in the audience is connected. That’s my interpretation of magic. That’s why I pursued this career and certainly why I’m still pushing my way through it today. Life is too short to be unhappy and untrue to who you are.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an indie dark pop artist, singer & songwriter. My music has rich, soulful, powerful vocals, haunting anthemic melodies and colliding genres. The lyrics I write are drawn from relationships, women’s empowerment, equality, and the world as I see it. What sets me apart is my voice. I’ve been told that it’s very distinct and recognizable. Weaving your way through the music business is a rollercoaster and it changes every day. If you’re thinking you’re working hard, it’s not hard enough… honestly, it hasn’t been easy and I would argue to anyone that’s it’s one of the toughest businesses out there. It’s definitely been a marathon, not a sprint as it relates to my career. I’ve been singing professionally for 15 years and when I think back, I realize that if I had quit during the tough times, I wouldn’t have seen the amazing things that have happened in my career. You just really have to keep pushing no matter how heartbreaking it can be. As artists, we are highly emotional creatures, forced to self-analyze incessantly in a fierce & competitive market. So thick skin, tenacity and believing in yourself is the only way through it. And a support system. I honestly wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my man/producer/writing partner, Jason Tanzer. He’s my rock and partner in crime and if it wasn’t for his unquestionable faith in me, I don’t know if I would have had the strength to keep going. I’m so f#*kin’ glad I did though! LOL Some of my proudest achievements include an EP and 3 albums, over a million streams on my women’s empowerment anthem “Soul Sister Retribution”, a collab with Futuristic on my song “Last Laugh”, my song “Rockstar Baby” getting featured at a Vegas Golden Knights NHL game, and signing 8 major sync deals with E! Entertainment’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Total Divas, Total Bellas; A&E’s Born This Way; MTV’s The Real World, Lohan Beach Club; TLC’s The Healer; USA Network’s Miz & Mrs.; OWN Network’s Family or Fiancé as well as Discovery, TLC and NASCAR international. I still have a ways to go cuz I have some pretty big dreams, but I’m so grateful and proud of my journey so far.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Y’all know I’m from Vegas right?! LOL! Ooooweeee, where do I start? What I love about Vegas is you have this crazy Lite-Brite lookin city in the middle of the desert but surrounded by beautiful nature. 30 minutes out you’ll find Mt. Charleston, Red Rock Canyon, and Lake Mead. They have helicopter rides to the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park is a couple of hours away. This city is stacked with entertainment. The strip is obviously a must-see. Incredible restaurants, shopping and shows, but don’t forget Downtown Las Vegas. Fremont Street is like another planet! I have a residency there 3 nights a week with my band and there’s no place like it… it’s a riot! My favorite show is probably Absinthe-crazy hilarious and raunchy, cirque-style in a tent. The best free, live music venues are Fremont Street (hint, hint!), Carnaval Court, Container Park, The Bridge at New York New York and Rhythm & Riffs. Fave concert venues: The Chelsea and Brooklyn Bowl. Nightclubs: Drais and Chateau (rooftop). Dayclub: Marquee. Supper club vibe: NoMad, Mama Rabbit, Mayfair. Fun hangs: Container Park, Gold Spike, Blue Martini. Bars: Skybar, Foundation Room, Downtown Cocktail Room. Dining: I eat a plant-based diet… El Dorado Cantina is the best Mexican food hands down with a killer vegan portion on the menu-right next door to a strip club! (Vegas, baby!) The Wynn also has vegan options/menus at all their restaurants. Cinnaholic is a vegan bakery specializing in cinnamon buns and you would never know. It’s crazyyyyy good! I can go on for days because this city is absolutely amazing, but come out and indulge in the madness for yourself, yessssss pleaseeee!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shout out to Jason Tanzer. He’s my love/producer/manager/writing partner and I wouldn’t have gotten this far without his many talents, support, drive and hard work.
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