Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Grand Canyon”?
Of course! ‘Grand Canyon’ is my first release in almost two years, after taking some much needed time out to gig, write, and record some new music. It’s a really personal track, one that I’m incredibly proud of, and finally being able to share it with everyone is the most wonderful feeling in the world. It’s currently available on iTunes and Spotify!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wrote it about the end of a relationship, something I was going through at the time of writing it. It’s a song about that little glimmer of hope you cling to despite knowing that your story is reaching its end. It’s a huge outpouring of hope and sadness, but ultimately, acceptance.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I actually released a live version of the track back in September! It’s a full band session filmed at Blueberry Hill Studios in Leeds, and produced by the outrageously talented Chris Milnes and Joe Collinson. I toyed briefly with the idea of a music video, but I’ve always been a live show kind of gal and I really wanted to present the song the best way we know how.
How was the recording and writing process?
Long, stressful at times, but really enlightening. I wrote this song in about twenty minutes on a train, but somehow we ended up re-recording it three times in total, because we just hadn’t found the ‘sparkle’ yet. It sounds weird, but each time we started over, we learned more and more about where the song needed to be. It was a long process, but it meant that I got to work with a lot of incredibly talented people, and to be honest, I’m just grateful to them for putting up with me that whole time!
What role does your base of Leeds play in your writing?
Leeds is just a melting pot of talent and creativity, and more than anything, it inspires me to make the music I want to make. When I moved to Leeds, I was a shy eighteen-year-old with a battered acoustic guitar and no clue what I was doing. But going to gigs in the city and listening to some of the incredible music being made here inspired me to find a band, something I only daydreamed about before. You get the sense that you’re a part of something really special here.
What made you want to explore the old, traditional sounds of Country on this record?
I’ve always loved Country and Folk music – the way they tell stories has been a source of inspiration to me for as long as I can remember, and I was listening to a lot of it at the time of writing this track. Also, the music I’ve released up until now has been focussed quite heavily on the Rock & Roll side of things, so I really wanted to explore the other inspirations behind the sound.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
No album in the works just yet, but a second single will be on it’s way in early 2018. I’m just really enjoying releasing music again after taking a break – myself and the band have been in and out of the studio all year and I cannot wait to share what we’ve been working on!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
All I’m saying is keep an eye out for Spring 2018. It’s going to be an exciting time!
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m so glad you asked! I’m currently in the midst of planning a UK tour for early next year. Live shows are the most exciting part of it all for me, and I can’t wait to bring my music to some new cities. Keep your ears to the ground for more details!
What else is happening next in Ramona Rose’s world?
I’m currently writing some brand new material, making plans for the next release, and working with some truly wonderful people on putting it all together. I’ve also begun posting a weekly Spotify playlist of all my favourite tracks at the moment, which can be found on my Facebook page if you fancy a look at what I’ve been listening to lately.