STORY WRITEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Mentored by The Roots’ Kamal Gray, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School senior Talia Rose is out to make a global splash as a pop singer/songwriter.
The day her GMG Records debut single “N.A.L.S. (Not Another Love Song)” dropped Oct. 12 on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Beatport, Rose was authorized for a one-day take-over of the Instagram account of “360 Magazine” to promote the song.
“We had positive feedback, especially when people were asking me questions on Twitter (She has more than 217,000 followers @iam_taliarose). Social media’s amazing,” said Rose, who also has a YouTube channel, an Instagram account @iam_taliarose, and the page www.facebook.com/taliarose1998.
Rose’s publicist, Jeanine Taylor, reported that as of Nov. 9, 91 DJs around the globe and nine Internet stations had been spinning the “N.A.L.S.” remix, and the song had peaked at No. 5 on the Beatport charts.
Rose was profiled in the November issue of “London Le Blanc” magazine, and closer to home, made a Dec. 19 appearance at the King of Prussia Mall.
With another single from a forthcoming album to be announced (Rose hinted it could be “Next Thing Smoking,” a collaboration with an artist named Talen), Rose recorded a version of the yuletide tune, popularized by Wham! and Taylor Swift, “Last Christmas.” And in the middle of all this, the 17-year-old is juggling homework, the SATs, cheerleading commitments and applying to West Chester and Temple universities.
“They’re really supportive about the whole thing,” Rose said of her friends understanding the dedication required to develop a music career. The friends who were able to appear in the video for “N.A.L.S.”, are, no doubt, the most supportive of all.
So how did she connect with the pianist of a celebrated hip-hop group that’s the house band of “The Tonight Show?”
As Rose tells the story, she was 10 and had just started writing songs. She was riding in a car with a friend listening to a CD of cover songs she had recorded at a Philadelphia studio. The friend’s father behind the wheel was Kamal Gray, who liked what he heard. “I didn’t know who The Roots were,” Rose admitted.
Rose’s profile on the GMG Records website states that her song repertoire also features the power ballads “You Lost Me” and “Show Me Love,” rock-oriented songs “Another Face” and “Not Like U,” and the urban/dance flavored “Stand Up.”