Marking an evolution from the electronic-tinged stylings of earlier material, she embraces her roots on the track, performing alone at a solo piano and belting out a hard-hitting and heartfelt hook. The song signals a historic first as well.
ROZES initially composed the tune at Alicia Keys’ all-female writing camp—‘She Is The Music’—and it’s notably written, produced, mixed, and mastered by all women: writers ROZES, Alex Hope [Tove Lo, Troye Sivan, Marina, Fletcher] and Frances, producer Hope, mixer Marcella Aracia, and mastering engineer Aya Merrill.
The collaboration doesn’t simply urge #GIRLPOWER, it screams it! Grammy-winning legend Alicia Keys echoes the sentiment, and exclusively tells Billboard Magazine:
“When women come together to support each other and empower one another, magic happens. It’s surreal to think that just one year ago, we hosted our first-ever She Is The Music Writing Camp…Now, the first amazing song has come to life and I am so proud of the talented, inspiring ladies who are sharing their music with the world! This milestone is just the beginning: women are rewriting the playbook, changing the numbers and making history.”
Since ROZES remains a staunch champion for the gender equality and female empowerment movement evidenced by delivering the “Official Anthem of the 2019 Women’s March” with recent single ‘Halfway There’, she desired to deliver an all- female song as her latest message and made good on this promise with “Call Me.”
It also speaks to another important cause for her. An advocate for mental health, she posits that support for those suffering should last beyond one month and intentionally dropped the tune after “Mental Health Awareness Month.”
“Call Me” illuminates ROZES’ marked growth as a songwriter and performer. In between resounding piano chords, her soulful delivery upholds an assuring message, “Just know that you can call me, and I’ll always be there.” Penned the day of Kate Spade’s suicide, it addresses a cause close to the singer’s heart and supports those struggling.
Speaking on her inspiration for the song, she said, “I think it’s important that we do not underestimate the power of a phone call. The courage to reach out can change a life, and maybe it’s your own. I would say this is my most ‘ballad’ type song I’ve ever released. It’s honest about mental health and offering hopeful hand to those in thick of it. It’s also important that we remember that our mental health is not a burden. There are so many ways to seek help and it is important that we not only recognize the signs of depression in others, but to also recognize it in ourselves. Like I always say, it’s okay to not be okay, but not okay to stay that way.”
It also precedes her next EP and evolution coming soon.