Roxanne is a Canadian singer-songwriter, performing artist, recording artist and independent music producer who pushes her creative limits off the track and onto the dancefloor. While earning her degree in music performance (classical music and opera), Roxanne began her career as a solo vocalist and as a chorister with various local music ensembles and theater companies throughout North America’s prestigious stages, including Ottawa’s National Arts Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Expanding her musical repertoire with genres including pop, rock, soul, jazz, blues, funk, disco, soca, and afrobeat, Roxanne performed as a lead and back-up singer for local and international acts. Embracing her love of world rhythms, Roxanne became the singer-songwriter, music producer, and leading woman of her reggae band, Nile Groove, and her new neo-soul band, The Roxanne Project What is your earliest memory of music? And, how did you get started in music? My earliest memory of music is hearing the radio that was always turned on in the house where I grew up. Having music around me all the time played a significant role in developing my passion for sound. I started music by singing and then, eventually songwriting. It became my outlet of expression, and I knew early on that I wanted to pursue music as a career to always have that creative outlet of expression. As a result, I studied music and graduated with my B.A. in music performance in opera and classical music. After spending many years as a performing vocalist in opera and classical music, I wanted to write and perform my own original music in many music genres so I branched out into popular music and started my new career as a singer-songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. What was the first song you ever wrote? What or who inspired you to start writing music? I wrote my first song when I was 15 years old. It was a pop ballad inspired by my first love. The experience of writing this song was extremely empowering. It gave me the freedom to connect deep within myself, and that deep connection provided me with the space to express my emotions without limitations. That experience influenced me and continues to influence me to write songs, to express myself freely through music, and expand my skills as a singer-songwriter. Do you play any instruments? If yes tell us about it. If not, do you work with a band or studio musicians? Do you produce your tracks or work with a producer? I play the piano and use the piano as my accompanying instrument when I write songs. When it comes to recording, I work with musicians, either members of my Reggae band, Nile Groove, members of my Neo-soul band, The Roxanne Project, and studio musicians for my solo work. I also play the synthesizer and produce my music. What is your favorite part about being an artist (performing, recording, writing, playing)? I love being an artist. My favorite part is having the space to create and share my stories through lyrics and sound. I love having the power to tap into different creative side of me, whether it’s performing, writing, recording, playing or producing music because all facets bring out qualities that engage me, challenge me and keep me growing creatively.
Do you have any advice for young women pursuing music? There are so many things to share, but the advice that stands out the most for me is this: know what makes you unique as an artist, trust your artistic instincts, align yourself with people who want the best for you and support you. You have the power to make your dreams your reality. For readers who have never heard your music, can you suggest one or two songs to start with?
If you haven’t heard my music yet, I think you would like my new dance single “Move Yuh Body” and my previous single “Take a Ride”.
What do you feel your strengths are as an artist? I think that versatility is my biggest strength in performing, songwriting, and producing in different music genres as I believe it provides me with a wider sound palette to draw from, to fuse, and to create with.
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