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Thirteen proves a lucky influence for Katy Rose


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 70’s icon, Father Rose was a member of Poco and touring keyboardist with Crosby, Stills and Nash and Art Garfunkel and when little Katy Rose wasn’t being bottle fed in the back of a tour bus, her home was the original set for 50s legendary children’s 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 Katy’s 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 band.

Katy’s 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...

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