Great! Super exciting time right now with this new single!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Kissing Strangers”?
This song is basically just a fun, “moving on with confidence” song that I think a lot of girls will relate to! It’s not your typical “you did me wrong and I’m sad” post-breakup song. I wanted it to be a reminder to girls that they are badasses, and a guy can always be replaced.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was hanging out with a guy who basically was lying and manipulating me into thinking he wasn’t seeing anyone else. He, in fact, was seeing a few girls literally one day after the other. When I found out, it obviously hurt, but writing this song was so liberating. It was a reminder to myself that there can be good that comes out of the bad.
What made you want to reinvent the typical breakup story?
The truth is, I was really hurt when this all happened, so I walked into my writing session wanting to write a sad song about how we are “strangers again.” One of my co-writers, Sherrie Austin, said, “well what’s the twist” and without even thinking about it, the words “now that we’re strangers again, I’m Kissing Strangers again,” flowed out of my mouth. Immediately we were like, “yup! This is real. This is the silver lining of that crappy situation. Lets write it.”
How was the recording and writing process?
Once we had the hook, writing the song came pretty easily. We wrote this song in May, and in August hit the studio. I think it was pretty clear right away that this was going to be the first single. We had amazing musicians come in and my producer (and co-writer) Will Rambeaux knew exactly what the song needed and what we were going for.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The music video was probably the most fun I’ve had throughout the entire process. I knew I wanted it to be weird, and the idea of breaking out into choreographed dancing just struck me as the perfect amount of ridiculousness. The song really takes place in a bar, but I knew I didn’t want the video to be completely shot like that. If I don’t put a quirky twist on it, it just isn’t me. So, I came up with the idea of being at a kissing booth at a carnival and then end at a party. My mom actually came to town to build the sets for the carnival scene, which I’m so grateful for. I couldn’t have done it without her. Definitely got a lot of my creativity from her!
What role does Nashville play in your music?
Nashville is behind most of my songs. It’s a crazy, fun, yet heartbreaking town, and it inspires so much in my writing. So many of the songs I’ve written is about an experience I’ve had here, whether it be heartbreak, fun nights out, or the music business itself. There is so much talent here as well, you can’t help but be inspired by it all, and it makes me want to keep being better at what I do and push the limits more and more.
Tell me about your musical inspirations. How do they play a role in your sound?
My mom is from Arkansas, so I grew up with a lot of country and rock. Artists like Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, Lynard Skynard, Bruce Springsteen were all played on the stereo. But I also grew up in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, so I was surrounded by artists like Britney Spears and Shania Twain. I am a melting pot of all those influences as an artist. I love Bruce’s energy on stage, I love Shania’s sex appeal, Britney’s dancing, Linda’s voice, Eagles’ lyrics. They’ve all inspired me and affected my music in different ways.
Any plans to hit the road?
2020 is going to be an awesome year of high energy shows and hopefully a lot of traveling!
What else is happening next in JuJu Rossi’s world?
Right now, I’m so excited to release my next single, “Kissing Strangers” very soon. 2020 is going to be an amazing year for getting my music out there and showing the world who I am as an artist. I can’t wait!