KJ Rose

KJ Rose

 Englewood, New Jersey, USA
BandR&BSoul

KJ Rose is an emerging talent whose music tells stories of substance, truth, and love that are both penetrable and relatable to her audience. Her career trajectory has afforded a wealth of experiences, enriching encounters, and an undeniable passion to capture souls through her soulful music.

Biography

KJ Rose…vocalist, songwriter, and performer is set to embark on a music career that will one day allow her to transcend genres, audiences, and time. Her tenacity and fervent love for music afforded her the opportunity to lend vocals to artists that include P. Diddy, KRS1, R. Kelly, Mario, Carl Thomas, Monica, Common, Dead Prez and a host of others. This Chicago native is now ready to step into the spotlight and claim her very own piece of heaven.

While growing up on the south side of Chicago, KJ Rose honed her talents at an early age while singing with The Soul Children of Chicago gospel choir as well as The Trinity United Church of Christ young adult choir. She was influenced by the voices of formidable talents that include Anita Baker, Stephanie Mills, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan and Phyllis Hyman.

Upon graduating from Florida A&M University, KJ Rose’s enthusiasm for music landed her in New York City. She spent several years cultivating her craft but it wasn’t long before she found herself gracing the platinum-selling albums of Heavy D (Big Daddy), Notorious B.I.G. (Playa Hata), and Mase (Why You Wanna Hurt Me). Subsequently, KJ Rose had a chance encounter with Kelly Price who offered the opportunity to tour with P. Diddy & The Family, which was further confirmation that her dreams were attainable! This experience set the stage for her to soar to new heights landing appearances in movies (Trois), commercials (Verizon), and television (Grammy Awards). Her audacious efforts would later find her touring with major recording artists Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears.

As KJ Rose worked on her music career, she unexpectedly found herself under the tutelage of music mogul Clive Davis, to whom she attributes her business sense. While working at J Records, she became a student of the industry and began to sharpen her songwriting abilities. KJ Rose began to pen the lyrics for her album and ultimately wrote what would be her first single “A Better Way”. This song was initially written about love relationships, but once completed, she realized it spoke to humanity (those who desire to be accepted but find themselves misunderstood and underestimated). While her woman’s anthem “Trained You” reflects both an edge & sense of humor, it is the vulnerability she exudes in “Unselfish” that is sure to get her noticed. She desires to tell stories of substance, truth, and love that are both penetrable and relatable to her audience. KJ Rose is an emerging talent who will not be deterred from her purpose! Her career trajectory has afforded a wealth of experiences, enriching encounters, and an undeniable passion to capture the souls of people through her music. Her journey gave her the ammunition needed to succeed and she is now prepared to take CENTER STAGE!

Lyrics

A Better Way

Written By: KJ Rose

A BETTER WAY LYRICS

Vs 1
I tried it, but there was nothing you could say
Cuz I would never turn away from everything that I am
I justified it, looking for your validation
Why should it be this complicated
This is how it began

B Section
The more and more we fight
I lose my sense of pride
Defending what’s my right yea
To be me
The more and I cry
A part of me would die
I can’t keep living lies
Cuz you won’t believe

CHORUS
There’s gotta be A BETTER WAY to live
There must be another way to give
Everything without losing myself cuz
I can’t be nobody else (No No)

There’s gotta be A BETTER WAY to live
There must be another way to give
You all of me without turning my back on everything I am
Cuz it just ain’t worth

Vs 2
See I can’t go on being penalized
If I stay much longer – it would blow my high
All I feel is low you’re never happy you don’t accept me
You gotta know that I’m more than what you see with your eyes
I just can’t deny me

B Section
The more and more we fight
I lose my sense of pride
Defending what’s my right (yea) to be me
The more and more I cry
A part of me would die
I can’t keep living lies
Cuz you don’t believe

CHORUS
There’s gotta be A BETTER WAY to live
There must be another way to give
Everything without losing myself cuz
I can’t be nobody else (No No)
There’s gotta be A BETTER WAY to love
There must be another way to give
You everything without turning my back on everything
I am cuz it just ain’t worth

Bridge
The more I give to you – you take from me – I feel the pain
I just can’t change for you – you got no love for who I am
No matter how hard I try – to give my all I feel so small
When I’m with you
Oh – There’s gotta be A BETTER WAY

Chorus

Discography

KJ Rose's Single:
"A Better Way"

- Picked up 9 reports as the #2 most added record in the country on Urban AC radio
- Has 123 Mediabase spins and 567 spins to date playing on 16 stations.
- Charted at #36 on Mediabase Chart
- Has Top 25 airplay in Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Augusta, Charleston, Fayetteville, Jackson, MI, Baton Rouge, DC and Roanoke to name a few.
- Has over 500 downloads since it's release on iTunes, amazon, and emusic

*BET 'MUSIC MATTERS':
A campaign that highlights KJ Rose as the next BET Superstar - it features her, music, bios, music videos, photos and intimate interviews where she explains what music means to her.
http://www.bet.com/MusicMatters/music_musicmatters_kjrose.htm?Referrer=%7B3DFA66F8-5265-46EC-B7FD-98B38ED753A0%7D

*Academy Award winning actress Mo'Nique:
The emotionally-moved hostess Mo'Nique calls her single "A Better Way" a song that will change lives!

*Clutch Magazine:
With “All Heart, No Regrets” set to drop in March, be prepared for a return to good music. Music that’s not heavy on the riffing or synthesized sound. Listen for tunes that are all about the melody and conveying a message. Be prepared for a return to real music.

*Uptown Magazine.com:
Features KJ Rose as "The One to Watch"!
http://www.uptownlife.net/content/view/732/28/

*The Urban Music Scene.com:
The overall appeal I felt the disc represented was for the affection & promotion of love, a tender word or two for the mind & hearts of the listeners everywhere seeking encouragement & a moment to embrace the complete debut KJ Rose package has to offer to the R&B/Soul world.
http://reviews.theurbanmusicscene.com/2010/05/14/kj-rose--all-heart-no-regrets.aspx

*SoulTrain.com:
The cadence of her speech, the inflections of her voice and introspective pauses with which she laces her stories illustrate that she is a person full of passion. And it’s with this passion that she managed to walk the fine line of opportunity and hard work in being an independent artist.
http://soultrain.com/2010/05/17/sound-check-vocalist-kj-rose-is-all-heart-no-regrets/

*Soul Train's Soul-o-Meter Album review:
To characterize Chi-town chanteuse KJ Rose’s debut album, All Heart, No Regrets as an R&B album would be shortsighted. There are some core R&B elements, but there’s a distinct Motown influence, a hint of Disco and not to mention an appreciation for Hip Hop.
http://soultrain.com/2010/05/14/soul-o-meter-kj-rose-all-heart-no-regrets/

(Background Vocal Work)
TOURS
Janet Jackson PromoTour
Britney Spears “A Dream Within A Dream Tour”
Carl Thomas Promo Tour
Mary J Blige Tour w/ Carl Thomas
P. Diddy European Tour
P. Diddy & The Family World Tour”

COMMERCIALS
Verizon-Freedom for Business
Dark & Lovely Hair Prods

MOVIES
“Manchurian Candidate”
"Trois"
“Double Platinum”
PRINTWORK
Essence Magazine
Model
Ebony Magazine
Fashion Fair Cosmetics
Jet Magazine
TELEVISION
The Monique Show – BET Launching Pad
Janet Jackson
Tonight’s Show w/Jay Leno TheToday’s Show
Ellen
Billboard Awards

Britney Spears
HBO Live in Concert
MTV All Access
The Oprah Winfrey Show
American Music Awards
Saturday Night Live
The Jay Leno Show

Justin Timberlake Grammy Awards

Monica
U.S. Open
BET 106th & Park
BET Prime Time
Good Morning America
The Early Show
The View

Carl Thomas
BET Live in L.A.
Showtime at the Apollo
Soul Train
Teen Summit
The Queen Latifah Show
The Jenny Jones Show
The Soul Train Music Awards

Mario
BET 106Th and Park
Ashanti
The Today’s Show

Faith Evans
106th & Park

P.Diddy
Arista’s 35th Anniversary Special
(Honoring Clive Davis)

R. Kelly
Grammy Awards

ALBUM RECORDINGS
BSTC - Music for a Saturday Evening - Featured Artist
Notorious B.I.G. – “Playa Hata”
Heavy D – “Big Daddy”
Common – “Reminding Me of Sef”
Dead Prez – “They Schools”
Mase – “Why You Wanna Hurt Me”
Rhyme Fest – “More”
Capone and Noreaga – “Everybody”
A+ – “Enjoy Yourself”
AZ – “Betcha Don”t Know”
Keith Sweat – “Come and Get With Me”
Sean Lett – “Born Ready”

MILLER GENUINE DRAFT CONCERT SERIES – THE CRAFT
Amel Larrieux Common
Eryka Badu
KRS1
Lyfe Jennings
Rakim

Set List

KJ Rose's songs include:
A Better Way
I Trained You
Top of The World
More To Life

Covers:
Young Hearts
Street Life
Baby I'm Scared of You
I Never Knew Love Like This
Heart Break Hotel

The show can be taylored for a 30 min set or an hour lset.