Rosanna Riverso

Rosanna Riverso

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandJazzClassical

Whenever Rosanna performs, she mesmerizes her audience. Her sultry vocals and unique phrasing make all the standards sound brand new, while her original tunes are hard to forget. "Smiling like Sophia Loren and singing like Sinatra", Rosanna is on her way to becoming the next jazz sensation.

Biography

With a stunning resume to match a sparkling personality, a stellar voice and spectacular looks, Rosanna Riverso is a force to be reckoned with and that's been the story from a very young age.
Rosanna began her musical studies at the young age of six, taking classical piano and operatic singing at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She quickly became well known to devoted listeners in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for her early appearances with the Hamilton Children’s Choir and later, for her concerts with coaches Elise Bedard and New York’s Tina Torlone and Michael Warren (Provoce Studios, NY, NY, USA). Rosanna also spent many years training under some of North America’s top vocal instructors for the more contemporary styles of singing, including jazz, pop, and R&B. It was during this time that Rosanna discovered her gift for writing and composing original songs. Her original song “Listen Up” earned her a sixth place standing in the Canadian Mix 99.9 Songwriting Competition while her powerful Italian ballad “Di Che Temi” placed her as 1st Runner Up in the CHIN Songwriting Festival. More recently, Rosanna teamed up with renowned composer-arranger Shelly Berger (Anita O’Day, Diana Krall, Matt Dusk, Chaka Khan) to write her original jazz standards “You Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger” and “No More”. Some of her other notable achievements include her performance at the San Donato Song Festival in Italy, the national radio release of her original single “Listen Up”, and her opening act for legendary crooner, Al Martino. Modeling also came easily to the brown-eyed beauty, and alongside her music career, she chose a path that led to her being 2nd runner up in the Miss Italy Canada contest in 2002.

In an attempt to hone her skills as a writer and performer, Rosanna has also studied theatre. Of her recent leading role as the witch in Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, Rosanna received impressive reviews. The Hamilton Spectator singled out her performance as being superior while View Magazine called her a “scene-stealer…with a voice that delivers”. After a spectacular show at Festa Italiana last July, Milwaukee Wisconsin’s Italian Times newspaper said “Rosanna has a smile like Sophia Loren and a story-telling ability like Frank Sinatra”.

Whether she is performing a beautiful aria from a famous opera or scatting to a swinging jazz tune, Rosanna continues to draw crowds in with her majestic voice, gifted phrasing, and incredible range. The successes she has already made in a short time speak volumes about what lies ahead for this brown-eyed beauty. It won’t be long before Rosanna Riverso achieves her goals in the music industry and becomes a household name.

CONTACT:
rosanna@rosannariverso.com
Tel: 647-244-7464

Lyrics

You Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger

Written By: Rosanna Riverso

Used to be so independent
Carin’ for myself
Love was somethin’ that I only
felt for fame and wealth
But with one smile, you put your spell on me
And now you’ve got me doin’ anything

You got me wrapped around your little finger
Yeah, you got me runnin’ round the town for you
You got me wrapped around your little finger
Yeah, you got me runnin’ round the town for you

I never thought that I would ever give a damn for you
But all it took was those sweet words that I heard come from you
You said that you truly love me
And now you’ve got me doin’ anything

You got me wrapped around your little finger
Yeah, you got me runnin’ round the town for you
You got me wrapped around your little finger
Yeah, you got me runnin’ round the town for you

Listen Up

Written By: Rosanna Riverso

(You better listen.
Do it my way, do it my way, gotta do it, gotta do it, do it my way. 3x)

VERSE 1:
Hey I’ve got something to say
Today’s a brand new day
No more sacrifice
No more advice
Only my rules I’ll obey

The dreams are mine to make
I’ll choose which path I take
I’ll see it through
Know what to do
I’ll play it’s my own game

BRIDGE:
I don’t need you to tell me how it’s gotta be
I don’t need a hand, I’m no baby

CHORUS
Listen up now to what I wanna say
(No more advice)
I’m gonna do it my way
(I’m doin’ it, I’m doin’ it)
Listen up now to what I wanna say
(No more sacrifice)
I’m gonna do it my way

VERSE 2:
My story is all brand new
‘Bout time I do what I wanna do
Won’t stop believin’
Oh, I ain’t leavin’
I’ll win the fight one day

I’ll give what I can give
Won’t ask myself what if
Keep me in the ring
Doin’ my own thing
Only got one life to live

CHORUS out

Di Che Temi? / Are you scared?

Written By: Rosanna Riverso

ITALIAN VERSION:

VERSE 1
Il silenzio attraversa l’aria
Disperata e solitaria
Resti al buio, piangi, sei avvilita
Pensi “non c’e via d’uscita”

Il tuo mondo e gia messo sottosopra
Ma di forza tu
Ne conservi ancora?

CHORUS
Liberta
Ne hai mai avuta?
O cerchi solo chi ti aiuta?
Di che temi?
Insicura
Di che cosa hai paura?

VERSE 2
Sei indecisa
Chiusa nel dolore
Il tuo fuoco
Quasi muore

BRIDGE
Ma alla distanza
Si accende la speranza
Una ragione in piu

CHORUS
Liberta
Ne hai mai avuta?
O cerchi solo chi ti aiuta?
Di che temi?
Insicura
Di che cosa hai paura?

Sei piu forte
O stremata?
La certezza ti ha lasciata
Ma non badar:
Il passato
Se ne e gia andato
Di che temi?

ENGLISH VERSION:

VERSE 1:
Hear the silence, cutting through the air
Feel empty, feel despair
Alone in the darkness, can’t find a way to escape
You think failure is your fate

Your whole world’s been thrown upside down
Do you have the strength?
Can you turn things around?

CHORUS:
Are you safe?
Are you free?
Or are you calling out to me?
Are you scared?
So unsure?
Tryin’ to break down the door?

Are you strong?
Are you weak?
Do you got all you need?
Forget the past
Fight all those fears
Wipe off the tears
Are you scared?

VERSE 2:
It’s closing in
You don’t know where to turn
Your heart’s not beating
No fire, no yearn

BRIDGE:
But far off in the distance
Through the open window
Lies a reason to let go

CHORUS

No More

Written By: Rosanna Riverso

A/
No more, I’m through with this
One last kiss, You won’t even get
And I bet you believe, I won’t leave your side
Well, honey you’re in for one big fat juicy surprise

A/
The time has come and I’m strong enough to say
I’m packing my bags and I’m on my way
It’s funny how you don’t have the slightest clue
That this big ol’ world
don’t revolve around little old you

B/
Well, I’ve got somethin’ to say
Boy, you never treated me the right way
I deserve more than you’ve got
Wanna man who can hit the spot

A/
No more, I’m through with this
One last kiss, You ain’t gonna get
And I bet you believe I’d never leave your side
Well, honey you’re in for one big fat juicy surprise

Discography

Listen Up - Single released to Canadian Radio 2003
Di Che Temi (Italian Adult Contemporary)
No More (Jazz)
You Got Me Wrapped Around Your Finger (Jazz)

Set List

Rosanna is a professional jazz vocalist who can perform various jazz standards, bossa novas, and some of her original jazz compositions. She is also a trained soprano who can alternatively perform classical and pop-opera repetoire.