When FIREROSE talks about her lifelong passion for songwriting, she means that she’s had it since the time she could literally talk and breathe. Coming home from grade school, she would pen tunes about her day, and felt that Sia's "Healing Is Difficult" album was the meaning of life.
The Sydney, Australia-born and raised, Los Angeles, California-based artist has always written songs to process her deepest emotions. “I always believed that my purpose on earth was fulfilled by music,” says FIREROSE, “and helping people up with a song I wrote gives everything so much meaning. I write from a place in my soul that’s unexplainable and I’m incredibly grateful for this gift that allows me to touch people so profoundly.”
Through her many years of ups, downs, heartaches, triumphs and encouragement, FIREROSE is coming off a powerful breakthrough year with her single, “New Day,” a genre-crossing hit collaboration featuring country superstar and longtime pal and mentor Billy Ray Cyrus. Now, with the release of her fresh, piano ballad titled “All Figured Out,” due this May, FIREROSE is ready to embark on releasing new material this year hot off the success of “New Day.”
FIREROSE’s earlier solo tracks, “Fragile Handling” and “Way Out,” whose videos each have over 1M views, laid the groundwork for the success of “New Day,” which FIREROSE originally wrote to lift herself out of one of the darkest periods of her life. The song reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot AC chart (#33), #19 on both the Billboard AC and #18 Mediabase AC charts, and was a duet and co-write with Cyrus, produced by FIREROSE, Cyrus and Pedro Calloni. The song’s compelling video, which juxtaposes shots of FIREROSE with raw footage of Cyrus playing guitar taken from a FaceTime chat, has close to 2.2M YouTube views. An inspiring ethereal soul/pop anthem for our time featuring a chorus with hope and enthusiasm, Rolling Stone called “New Day” a “Trippy, atmospheric ballad about revitalization and rebirth.”
Coinciding with the single release, FIREROSE performed live at the Grand Ole Opry and Live with Kelly and Ryan with Cyrus, and has been featured in media outlets from Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, CNN, iHeartRadio, The Today Show Australia, and many more.
“My songs are really the fabric of my soul,” says FIREROSE. ‘All Figured Out’ is no exception, it came from the deepest part of my spirit. I believe I was given the gift of music because my purpose is to alchemize the paradox/mystery of life into lyrics and melody. ‘All Figured Out’ is a song about being bravely authentic, in a world that often tries to push us from that. It's a very personal, also universal experience. Amusingly, we often have nothing figured out and are just doing our best with what we know at the time, so there's certainly a strong element of irony in the song too.”
“It’s beautiful to see everything come full circle,” says FIREROSE, who grew up in a family of symphony musicians. “‘New Day’ came to me a few years ago when I was going through some brutal personal stuff. I can honestly say that writing songs was the only thing that kept me breathing. As things got harder, I listened to it over and over and it gave me hope at the end of the tunnel. Once I got through that period, I put it aside, along with 500 or so other songs on my hard drive. Then when the pandemic hit, I thought, if there was ever a time when a song of hope and rebirth was needed, this is it. Here we are with this promise of a new day we had all been praying for.”
Moving from Australia to L.A., and upon graduating from the prestigious Newtown School for the Performing Arts in Sydney, it’s been a long, fascinating journey between now and then for FIREROSE, with countless gigs building a following at local festivals, L.A. hotspots like The Viper Room and The Roxy and a showcase at SXSW.
All of these opportunities are a long way from her musical childhood in Sydney, being inspired by Sia, Alanis Morisette and Australian rock bands like Powderfinger, INXS and Silverchair, while working on her early emoting via songcraft; and from those early days in L.A, when she took up the piano to help with her songwriting and making ends meet with a combination of small modeling, acting and music gigs.
“I felt something cutting edge from the music of those artists that I listened to growing up that spoke to me deeply and cut through the noise of all the classical music I was surrounded with,” says FIREROSE.
Fortunately for both FIREROSE, and us now, she also had a few more special angels in her midst who helped light her path – including the late hit songwriter Alan O’Day, who took her under his wing and made some early piano-vocal recordings with her; The Village Studios owner, Jeff Greenberg, who said she needed to start recording her material and gave her the moniker FIREROSE; and even Lionel Richie, whom she ran into at a restaurant and who remarked in his inimitable way, “You’re Fire!”
Says FIREROSE, “The most gratifying thing now is hearing directly from fans, whether it’s comments on the videos, or writing to me personally to tell me how my music has helped them or even saved their life. I can’t begin to explain it, but hearing things like this kills me in a beautiful way.”