Feature: Jack Foley
KATY Rose is a young singer-songwriter whose lyrics will make
parents gulp hard...she has recently contributed a song, called
Overdrive, to the soundtrack of the new movie, Thirteen,
and claims the movie is a close depiction of her own life.
The film, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and co-written by
teenager, Nikki Reed, features the difficult, even harrowing,
world of pre-teens Los Angeles girls, growing up too quickly.
The story centres on 13-year-old Tracey (Evan Rachel Wood), who
falls under the influence of popular bad girl, Evie (Reed), and
embarks upon a self-destructive journey through drug-taking, underage
sex and self-abuse.
And, after seeing the movie at an early screening, 16-year-old
Katy Rose confessed to having to walk from the cinema, in order
to compose herself, as 'it [the film] was me, it was my life,
all the things I went through'...
She claims to have spent the past few years caught up in self-destruction
and self loathing
and that her music speaks to those her age, and gender, who are
'sick of pop crap'.
"My music is what it's really like, what life is like, for
girls now," she insists.
Rose was born into the music business.
Mother Rose was a backing singer for many a 70s icon, Father
Rose was a member of Poco and touring keyboardist with Crosby,
Stills and Nash and Art Garfunkel and when little Katy Rose wasnt
being bottle fed in the back of a tour bus, her home was the original
set for 50s legendary childrens show, Mr Ed.
"When you grow up in LA, like I did, you grow up fast,"
Rose says. "Celebrities and media were around everywhere
- my friends and I were little adults at five."
Extraordinary surroundings do not make for an ordinary teenager,
so while others Katys age were preparing for exams and trudging
into school, Katy found herself writing rock n roll
anthems and touring the world with her rock n roll
Katys musical influences reflect her bohemian upbringing
- Edith Piaf, Led Zeppelin, Nick Drake, Nico, Janis Joplin, Joni
Mitchell - and even the contemporary artists she favours, like
White Stripes and Fiona Apple, tend towards icono-classicists.
You can sample her songwriting by clicking into our AV Room in
the top right column of this page...