Where are you from and where do you currently reside?
I am from Staten Island, NY and currently live in Nashville, TN.
What musical influences did you have while you were growing up?
Growing up in New York City gave me the opportunity to have such awesome musical influences. Artists like Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, and Bruce Springsteen were some of my families favorites! We also loved listening to Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney which lead me to audition to perform at Buffett's Margaritaville locations. After being hired as one of his performers, that is when I realized I was born to pursue Country Music!
Was there a moment in time when you decided "this is what I want to do for the rest of my life"?
After my experience on American Idol I realized that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Singing in front of superstars Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson was an awesome experience. I never knew how badly I wanted to be a performer until they voted me off the show. After that experience I decided to work as hard as I can to reach my goals and become a superstar just like them!
Tell us a little bit about your music style and your aspirations?
The style of my music is Pop Country. I seem to add more and more goals to my list daily! A goal of mine is to headline my own tour or be a supporting act to an artist like Blake Shelton or Carrie Underwood. I am touring all over the U.S. and playing in Nashville constantly to get closer to that dream. I am also working on new music and writing songs every day. I would love to have one of my songs or a song that I've written get onto the Billboard Top 10 Hot Country Songs. One of the most important goals to me is to be able to reach as many people I can with my music and hope that it could be the soundtrack of some of the best times of their lives!
Have you received any awards? If so, which one really made you feel like "I'm on the right track!"?
I have received several awards but I am most proud of winning CMA Emerging Artist of 2017, Josie Award for Female Country Rising Star of 2017, WSM Grand Ole Opry Roadshow 2017, American Idol Season 12 nomination winner for New York/Tri-State area. Receiving the title of CMA Emerging Artist of 2017 is truly a dream come true. I've watched the CMA awards growing up hoping to receive the honor of a CMA award in the future!
Which Luna models do you play now & why?
I play Luna's Flora Rose Guitar. I was out shopping looking for an upgrade from my first guitar. After hours of trying different guitars, I saw the Luna Flora Rose Guitar hanging up on the wall and fell in love with it! I knew it was going to be the one! It was so beautifully designed and perfect for me because my middle name is Rose and it fits my Jessica Rose brand!! Not only did it look awesome, I love the prettiness and high ends of the guitar. The sound hole is even cut to fit the Rose design! I knew it was the one and I have been playing it for almost 5 years now!
What role does music play in your life and what helps spark your creativity?
Music is a priority in my life. I love playing guitar and performing more than anything else! Many of my own daily experiences spark creativity. I also find motivation when I talk to fans. After talking to a fan and seeing how happy music makes them, it encourages me to write better and relatable songs each and every day.
If you could play alongside an artist living or deceased, who would it be and why?
I would love to play alongside Carrie Underwood. She is my favorite female country artist. I've looked up to her because she is truly an awesome talent. She has the voice, the look, the songs and the entertaining wow factor!
What's on the horizon for Jessica Rose?
I just released my song "Look For Me" to Country Radio! I will be on Radio Tour traveling to as many radio stations that I can across the U.S. to do on air performances and interviews. I will also be performing evening shows in each of these cities. I am always working on new music so keep an eye out for new music and videos! For now, you can listen to my new EP "Wild Hearts" available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music.