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Englewood, New Jersey, United States | SELF | AFTRA

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Internationally acclaimed producer and DJ, Terry Hunter produces a house/disco song for artist KJ Rose w/ additional mixes by DJ Spinna! - Trax Source


Wednesday's Child: Amber
Amber is a talented 16-year-old who has the voice of an angel. She is searching for her forever family. Take a look at her and Vai getting some tips from rising music star K.J. Rose.
- The National Adoption Center


Passion. You hear the word used a lot by artists, in particular musical artists. Hell it’s damned near a prerequisite to do anything deemed creative. But passion only goes so far, there needs to be drive, perseverance and sometimes the luck of being at the right place at the right time. That’s how it started for new R&B/Soul artist KJ Rose.

After graduating college as a business administration major, the singer/songwriter worked for five years pharmaceutical company Pfizer in the corporate compensation department. A far cry from any musical aspiration, but she had a game plan, “…being there I was able to channel some other music opportunities because I had a steady paycheck coming in.”

Rose went to open mics where she performed alongside big name talent including Carl Thomas and Faith Evans. Her opportunity came from the Overweight Lover himself Heavy D with a spot as a background singer.

“I just came through by being available at the time and economical. I don’t think they knew they were looking for me. I knew they were looking for me, but I don’t think they knew.”

From there she got her first touring experience with Kelly Price where after one conversation she was asked to tour with P. Diddy. After getting her feet wet being in the background Rose, was ready to claim the limelight for herself. “I think it was them believing in me and me also witnessing at someone else’s expense the business and the work that really goes into it. It kind of shaped my desire to really be in it. I think after doing all these background gigs I was like, ‘Okay, at some point I don’t want to keep chasing the next gig.’ Because you realize as much prestige is there, you’re still hired help. So when their albums don’t take off, we don’t go on the road. I didn’t want my career to be predicated on somebody else’s career.”

Which brings us to now. As a totally independent artist, KJ has a loyal three-man crew and cheering section made of friends and family. Together, they pound the pavement and get the word out about this incredibly driven chanteuse. And while the majors have come knocking, she doesn’t take it personally if nothing pans out. “I’ve had a few meetings and it used to be so discouraging because I didn’t get the response that I was looking for, but now it’s such a better feeling when I can walk out and say this meeting isn’t going to stop me because I’ve already chosen to succeed.”

One success is the release of “A Better Way” the first single from her debut album “All Heart, No Regrets.” A heartfelt ballad that’s sung with throaty, soulful passion, it more than your average love and relationships song, for Rose, “A Better Place comes from a place of healing. “It was just on my heart and I felt like in order for me to make room emotionally I had to get that out. So I can tell when it’s GOD working because the song didn’t take that long to come together. This song was probably written in like a half hour because it was so real. It went from my heart to the paper to the studio. There was no embellishing, it was what it was and I accepted that.”

With “All Heart, No Regrets” set to drop in October 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.
- Sutton Media


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.
- Kenard Gibbs


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.
- Kenard Gibbs


Features KJ Rose as "The One to Watch"!
- Uptown Media Group


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.
- The Urban Scene


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.
- BET


SINGER KJ ROSE MAKES NATIONAL TELEVISION SOLOIST DEBUT AS THE FIRST LAUNCH PAD ARTIST ON BET’S NEW LATE NIGHT FARE “THE MO’NIQUE SHOW”

The emotionally-moved hostess Mo’Nique calls “A Better Way” a song that will change lives.
(LOS ANGELES) October 6, 2009. Singer KJ Rose makes her national television soloist debut as the first Launch Pad Artist on BET’s new late night fare – “The Mo’Nique Show” at 11 p.m. (10 p.m. Central), Thursday, October 8th on BET.
The emotionally-charged performance continued long after the cameras stopped rolling with Mo’Nique -- visually moved by the lyrics and feeling KJ Rose exhibited during the performance of her self-penned “A Better Way” – claiming it’s a “song that will change lives.”
“My experience with Mo’nique was career-defining. She gave me such a warm reception. She was very sincere and genuine,” said KJ Rose. “I really feel that she was a champion of me and my music. She made me feel like family.”
The new hour-long show hosted by the award-winning comedienne and actress is described as a late night VIP Party. Mo’Nique is also currently riding the buzz of possible Oscar contention for her recent role in the highly-anticipated film, “Precious.”
Buzz is something both Mo’Nique and KJ Rose share at this time and the road to this point for Ms. Rose hasn’t been hasty, but well-fulfilled nonetheless.
For more information and to follow the ascendance of KJ Rose to the top visit her at www.kjrose.com to watch the official “A Better Way” video, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kjrosemusic, and experience her moving live performances at: http://www.youtube.com/user/KJROSE24.

For more information regarding media interviews or press information on KJ Rose please contact: Jocelyn R. Coleman, Favor PR, 323-330-0502 or jcoleman@favorpr.com.


- Jocelyn Coleman for Favor PR


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

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Bio

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!