Haroula Rose

Haroula Rose

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Some Americana, some pop and some folk melded together to form something else. Haroula Rose brings to mind 70s chanteuses as well as contemporary groundbreakers.

Of her debut LP: "A "highly textured collection" with "enough atmospherics to give Tom Waits the shivers." (LA Times)

Biography

Haroula Rose grew up in Lincolnwood, Illinois to Greek parents, with music constantly playing through the house. She sang in school choirs, musical theater, and her own bands, as well as a capella groups in her youth. One encounter led to her singing on commercial campaigns and working in a recording studio in Chicago. She proceeded to hone her own songwriting and performing after living in Madrid, Spain on a Fulbright grant. During this time she was able to travel throughout Europe, Scandinavia, North Africa and to the MIddle East in Syria, Jordan and Israel, keeping journals, lyrics and ideas the whole time.

“I was teaching music to children in the outskirts of Madrid, making friends with a variety of amazingly talented flamenco and jazz musicians and filmmakers, wondering why I wasn’t doing the same — pushing myself and seeking what I wanted and feared most,” she says. “Finally I just figured if I didn’t really give it a go I would have many regrets later on…”

She moved back to California to pursue her dreams of film and music, basing herself in Topanga Canyon. She briefly attended USC’s MFA program in film, but took an indefinite hiatus to pursue music full time. Her five song debut EP “Someday” led to TV/film placements in series such as “How I Met Your Mother” as well as in feature films. She made a full-length record, “These Open Roads” for which she travelled to Athens, GA to work with acclaimed producer and musician Andy Lemaster (Bright Eyes, Now It’s Overhead, Alessi’s Ark, Whispertown, Azure Ray). “These Open Roads” received critical acclaim from the likes of the LA Times, No Depression, American Songwriter, the Deli LA and Chicago, Popmatters, LA Record, LA Weekly, and countless others. Various tracks have been used in the hit comedy “For A Good Time, Call…” and TV series such as “American Horror Story,” “Awkward,” “The Lying Game,” and many others.

She has since performed at official SXSW showcases and released several singles and remixes as well as a second EP, “So Easy” this last June. “So Easy” was produced by Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, Ben Harper, The Living Sisters) and was lauded by the likes of Magnet Magazine, Spinner, Nylon, Blurt, Verbicide, as well as others.

Her sophomore LP, “Here The Blue River” will be released in 2013 and will feature the likes of Jim White, John Neff (Drive By Truckers, Japancakes), Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony & The Johnsons), Ben Peeler (The Wallflowers, Shelby Lynne), Leslie Stevens (Leslie Stevens and the Badgers), and many more. “Here The Blue River” is being produced by celebrated singer and songwriter Jim White and Zac Rae (Sara Lov, Early Winters, Pedestrian).

A short film Haroula co-wrote and performs in entitled “No Love Song” was just completed. This film also stars Rosanna Arquette and Daniel Ahearn (Daniel Ahearn & The Jones), and will be directed by Joselito Seldera. Haroula and Daniel will be collaborating as songwriters for this film along with Mocky (Peaches, Feist, Gonzalez) producing.

Lyrics

The Leaving Song

Written By: Haroula Rose

Take your time
When you walk away
Cuz it gives me that chance
To think of one last thing to say

And when you've gone
I turn all the lights on
And I don't want to go to sleep at night
Without you by my side

Darling please
Won't you forgive me?
When I say
Stay
Oh babe it's all so new to me
And I miss you so
Won't you come home?

It seems a loss of faith
Can easily take place
In my heart
When we're apart

What can I do?
I don't want to lose you
BUt I wonder if someday my love
Just won't be enough

Darling please
Won't you forgive me?
Cuz I need you
So near
Oh baby it's all so new to me
ANd I miss you so
Won't you come home?

Before you I was fine
Wasting all my time
Now there's never enough
How I long for your touch
What's a girl to do
Since you made me love you?

Darling please
won't you forgive me?
When I plead
Don't leave
Oh babe this is all so new to me
And I miss you so
Won't you come home?

I Close My Eyes To See

Written By: Haroula Rose

The rain falls over me
The river runs to the sea
Dream of peace as the way
But we wake and fight every day
We want to be free from the chains
So we leave for more of the same

The world goes by
But I stay inside
Where I'll be anything
I close my eyes to see

We want to feel the sun on our faces
But fear its greatness
Let's row our boats to shore
And we'll go where no one's alone anymore

The world goes by
But I stay inside
Where we can be anything
I close my eyes to see

You call my name
But I've gone away

Someday

Written By: Haroula Rose

Somewhere seems so nice and new
Someday dreams they can come true
I'll fly away to someday soon

Some streetlights make nights feel like the movies
And some cities are built on what could be
I'll find the way to someday soon

A certain someone is on my mind
While somebody by my side takes my night
And he dreams of someone else too

Sunlight shivers to overcome the moon
When morning always comes too soon
Awake - another day starts
Could it be the someday that waits there inside my heart?

Somewhere seems so nice and new
And someday dreams they can come true
I'll fly away
Oh I'll find the way
Someday

Simple Time

Written By: Haroula Rose

Simple time, simple time
Where did you go?
Where did you fly?
All my dreams apart at the seams
They seek someplace to hide
Oh simple time

All we need to see
Eyes open so wide
All we need to see
Arms stretched to the sky

Someday you'll see
A girl just like me
And remember the end
Of what could've been
Some night I'll find
A picture of us
And wonder if your hair's long still

All we need to see
Eyes open so wide
All we need to see
Arms stretched to the sky

Can you teach me old friend
How it was back then?
Simple time, simple time
Come find me again

Brand New Start

Written By: Haroula Rose

In the evening when the storefronts close
I watch as everybody goes away
But I want to stay
I stare down the empty streets aglow
Wonder at the windows and homes
Alone

In the morning, kids are off to school
Yellow buses, all the rules remain the same
Stay in line, be kind
Wait your turn, but try to win
Be good like you should

You gotta walk so far
Lose who you are
Fall apart
To get that brand new start

When you meet a stranger down the road
Say hello, but all the same
Don't get too close
That's a lesson we've all been taught
To protect what we've got
And so we stay away

These roads are open and wide
There's room for everyone to move
Side by side
So it's a shame, it's a pity
In every town and city
We learn to walk in single file

You gotta walk so far
Lose who you are
Fall apart
To get that brand new start

No one tells you how to grow
They teach you everything but what you need to know...

Love Will Follow

Written By: Haroula Rose

You're lost
Don't want to be found
Where do you go
When no one's around

You get further away
With every day
What do you look for?

Lay a bet and lose yourself
(call my name)
Run away if you choose
(call my name)
Love will follow you
(I'll be there)
Anywhere
Everywhere

You get further away
With every day
What do you look for?

Lay a bet and lose yourself
(call my name)
Run away if you choose
(call my name)
Love will follow you
(I'll be there)
Anywhere
Everywhere

You're lost
Don't want to be found
Wherever you go
Love will follow

Free To Be Me

Written By: Haroula Rose

Every day when I wake
It's just the same
Plot the ways
I can make my escape
From the dark, fall apart
To a place so far
Where dreams are

Then I see your face
And you show me the way
And the words you say
Set me free
There's more to believe
And so much more to see
I am free
Free to be me

So so many many days and ways
I ought to change
These are the thoughts that drown my brain
And I'm sinking deeper and deeper
Into a hole
I don't know where else to go

Then I see your face
And you show me the way
And the words you say
Set me free
There's more to believe
And so much more to see
I am free
Free to be me

I'd learned to shield my eyes
And I would dread the sunrise
Until you
It's true

Then I see your face
And you show me the way
And the words you say
Set me free
There's more to believe
And so much more to see
I am free
Free to be me

Another Breakup Ballad

Written By: Haroula Rose

I mistakenly believed
That I might be the one
Who would make you think
Of no one else but me

And I refused to see the truth
When all my friends would say
Just walk away
Not to count on you

It's time
though it makes me sad
It's time
All the nights we had
It's time
To leave it all behind
It's time
To say goodbye

This morning I was lost in thought
About those flowers that you bought for me
And the card would read and apology
But memories fade just like the day
And I don't want to hear you say
Do you remember that night
From last November?

It's time
though it makes me sad
It's time
All the nights we had
It's time
To leave it all behind
It's time
To say goodbye

And now despite the lovely life
I'd planned for you and i
It's come to that time
Where we must say goodbye

If I Could Pray

Written By: Haroula Rose

If I could pray just a little bit longer
My spirit would sleep with ease
If I could sing just a little bit louder
I’d make all the fear disappear

If I could let my laughter linger
Maybe it could reach the ends of the Earth
If I would have just a bit more faith
I’d know where my soul will go someday

Maybe I can learn to praise on high
If I could only find some time
Perhaps I’d end up where the good ones belong
If God could only hear this song

Well could I believe in a hero?
Would he have the strength to fly?
With buildings to cross and smog in his lungs
Would he ever even reach the sky?

If I wasn’t so plagued with doubt
If I could see what Heaven’s all about
Your way is what I would choose
I just need a little bit more proof

Maybe I can say hallelujah
Maybe someday I will see a sign
But there’s not a moment to read or to write
In this city full of dreams and lights

[C]Yes I will [G]someday [Am]confess
That I've [C] thought too often [G]of [Am]myself
But was I made this way?
Left in doubtful waiting for
Your grace

Lord, how can I pray to you?
When there’s so much to do
Maybe you can relate
Cuz you must be busy every day

Please Lord you can’t blame me
I’m doing the best that I can
I know I’m no good but I wrote this song
If you could hear it you’d understand
If only
you'd hear me
If only
you'd understand

Discography

Someday EP (2009)
Someday - single (2009)
These Open Roads (2011)
So Easy (2012)
All I Know - single (2012)
Close My Eyes To See (2011) (Luke Top Remix)
Lavender Moon (2012) (Hood Internet Remix)
So Easy EP (2012)
Here The Blue River (forthcoming LP -- 2013)

Set List

35 minutes or so

So Easy
Love Will Follow
All I Know
Time's Fool
Someday
Love Will Follow
If I Could Pray
Brand New Start
Simple Time
Another Breakup Ballad
Duluth
I Close My Eyes To See
New Year's Day
Kiss Me On The Street
Take Me Back