Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Somebody Loves You”?
Thank you for having me! My new single, “Somebody Loves You” is a nostalgic, comforting and uplifting pop ballad that I hope will help people get through this difficult time that we are in right now. Everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way. Many have been in quarantine and have been isolated. I wanted to give people something hopeful to listen to that makes them feel like they’re not alone. I actually wrote “Somebody Loves You” when I was feeling overwhelmed, and I thought “What is the one thing someone can say to me right now that will make me feel better?” And it was knowing that someone cared and someone loved me. I think that those words can go a long way, especially when people are feeling lonely.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? And did social distancing have an influence writing this record and has it influenced you as an artist?
I was actually feeling very overwhelmed when I wrote the song. I think we all have those days. But, love gets us through.
I was planning on releasing a song in March but when this pandemic happened, everything got sidetracked. As more and more people stayed home and became separated from friends and family, I thought it was the perfect time to release this song, especially because May is Mental Health Awareness Month. During this time of social distancing, I’ve been taking the time to reflect on many things and I’ve been writing a lot. I’ve been reading, baking and learning. I think there’s always so much to learn and there are so many ways to improve and grow not only as an artist, but as a person.
You are teaming up with the nonprofit organization United Way of Miami-Dade for the release of your single, tell us about what attracted you to this particular organization?
The United Way of Miami-Dade is doing so much good for people and they have been a strong and innovative force in the community for 95 years. I really respect the work they are doing, especially in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They set up their Miami Pandemic Response Fund to help vulnerable families that have been affected. They are assisting people with their rent/mortgage payments, providing food, medical supplies, and utilities to people who can’t afford it, and they are issuing micro-grants to help small businesses stay afloat. I have always had a passion for giving back. I’ve performed for many charity organizations throughout my life and strongly believe in helping others. I hope that other people will see this and give whatever they can. Because any amount will help someone in need and will make a difference. People help people; That’s what it’s all about.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Filming the video was really fun! My father has always been a big inspiration to me and he agreed to accompany me on the piano in the video, which meant a lot. Growing up, I would grab my pillow and sleep under the piano while he played. I loved growing up around so much music. Both of my grandfathers and my great grandfather were also musicians, so I guess it runs in the family!
We filmed the music video for “Somebody Loves You” at my house and it was directed by the incredibly talented videographer, Andres Cifuentes. I loved going back in my old video archives and seeing clips of me growing up that I had never seen before. It made the experience very personal and I was really happy to make such a meaningful music video for a song that is particularly special to me.
What role does Miami play in your music?
Miami plays a huge role in my music; Miami is an incredible city with so much to offer. There are many different cultures and it’s been an amazing experience to grow up here. I’ve always had a love for Latin music, even at an early age. When I was 6, my parents took me to my first concert to see Ricky Martin! It was such a cool experience. I don’t speak much Spanish and I’m not of Hispanic descent, but I’ve always loved the instrumentation and rhythms of Latin music. It’s colorful and fun! Not to mention, the vocal coach I’ve had since I was 12 does not speak any English! Believe it or not, we’ve been able to communicate all these years despite the language barrier! My voice coach, who is also Sebastián Yatra’s coach, always encouraged me to sing in Spanish and definitely helped me to further develop my confidence singing in the language. Miami also has so much entertainment. I have been able to see a ton of Latin artists perform live like Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Becky G, Rosalía, and so many others. Miami is an amazing place to be and it lives up to its reputation!
You have had a pretty incredible career. At the age of 15, you had the amazing opportunity to work with Latin-Grammy nominated producer Juan Vicente Zambrano on your first album Rhythms of Life. What was it like to work with Juan Vicente Zambrano.How much did he get to influence the album? And how has your relationship with him influenced you as an artist at such an early age?
Working with Juan was amazing. He is truly one of the most talented people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I co-wrote the album with Juan and he influenced the album in so many ways. Juan is very quiet and reserved when you meet him, but his music is just full of life and energy. He is the reason the album was half in Spanish and half in English. Juan greatly influenced the tropical vibe of the album and gave me even more confidence to sing in Spanish. Juan has been such a positive force in my life and has always inspired me to keep going. He is not only ridiculously talented and has an incredible ear for music, but he has a heart of gold.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material coming soon, perhaps an EP? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Yes! More new music will be coming soon! I don’t have an exact date yet, but if you follow me on social media you’ll be able to stay updated!
How different is your approach to writing now that you’ve already put out a bilingual album?
I think that when I write now, I like to blend together different styles and no one project is the same. I combine my classically trained background, along with my love for pop music and Latin music when I write. I use influences from all over and I enjoy using a variety of styles. Years ago, artists were pegged into one genre of music. You only sang pop or country or classical or Latin music. But today, we have the freedom to explore all genres and be creative. That’s what makes music today so exciting!
With every Latin American country having his own culture and sound – have you been focusing on one or few in particular? Has there been a selection process?
I actually recently released a salsa version of Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” produced and arranged by my talented friend, Edgar Perez. You can hear it on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and all other streaming platforms. That was a blast to make and put together. I really love salsa, and up until recently was taking salsa dancing classes! I’m in the process of working on other arrangements, influenced by bachata. I love all the different Latin music styles. I don’t particularly focus on one, because they’re all so interesting and unique in their own way.
What else is happening next in Ariel Rose’ world?
Tonight at 5pm ET, I’ll be hosting an Instagram Live on my page @iamarielrose, where I’ll be putting on a mini concert to raise funds and awareness for the United Way’s Miami Pandemic Response Fund. I’m asking those people who are more fortunate to join me and donate whatever amount they are comfortable with to this wonderful cause. Every dollar makes a difference. I hope to see you all there! I’ll be releasing more music soon so be sure to follow me on social media to stay in the loop!
For more information on Ariel Rose, visit https://www.iamarielrose.com/ and follow her on social media and music platforms.