No surprise to anyone that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on the mental well-being of people all around the world. Musician Ariel Rose transformed her gloom into inspiration for her latest single, “Somebody Loves You.“
Ariel began turning heads at the young age of 15 when she worked with Latin Grammy-nominated producer Juan Vicente Zambrano to co-write and produce her first album.
Ariel Rose shared with Lapalme Magazine the process behind her song and why she chose to partner with the United Way to raise money for the organization’s Miami Pandemic Response Fund.
How has the pandemic affected your music?
The pandemic has affected my music in a lot of ways. I wasn’t going to release my latest single, “Somebody Loves You” now, but decided it was a very fitting time considering everything going on. A lot of people feel isolated like this is never going to end. I wanted to give people something to listen to that would uplift and comfort them.
Where did the inspiration for “Somebody Loves You” come from?
I was feeling pretty overwhelmed when I wrote it, and I think we all can relate to going through difficult times, especially now. I remember asking myself, “What is one thing someone could say right now that would help me feel better?” It was knowing that somebody out there loved me and cared. I wrote it as a way to comfort me when I felt like I needed it. And I hope other people feel the same way when they hear it!
What message do you hope to convey with this song?
When people listen to “Somebody Loves You,” I hope they are reminded that no matter who they are, where they are, or what they’re currently going through, somebody loves them. I hope it takes people who listen back to a better time and helps them feel a little less alone and a little more loved.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Filming the video was so much fun! Andres Cifuentes Martinez, an amazing videographer here in Miami directed the video. We filmed it at my house, and my dad accompanied me on the piano. I come from a musical family, and my dad and I have always shared our love for music, so it was awesome being able to have him be in the video with me! We also featured clips of me growing up and singing when I was younger in the music video, which was meaningful and made it even more personal. Towards the end of the video, you see me singing the National Anthem at a Miami Marlins game. The National Anthem was the song that got me started with everything. I was an Official Anthem Singer for the Florida Panthers Hockey Team and regularly sung the US Anthem for many events such as the Miami Marathon, the Miami Open, and so many other sporting events, galas, and corporate events. So it was also special to have that in there.
Do you write all of your music? What is that process like?
Yes! I like collaborating with other musicians and songwriters. It’s a lot of fun! The process for each song is different, but it always starts with an idea that inspired me, and then it just develops from there.
What is your song-making process normally? How long does it take from song conception to completion?
It all depends. It’s different for every song. Sometimes I have a beat and write a melody and lyrics over it. Or I have the lyrical idea first. Other times, I can finish a song in a day, and other times it can take weeks trying to come up with the perfect way to convey my thoughts and ideas. But ultimately, I always want something I’m proud of that feels true to me as an artist and performer.
You’re partnering with United Way of Miami-Dade; can you tell me more about your involvement with this organization?
Yes! I am so grateful to be partnering with the United Way in my community. They set up their Miami Pandemic Response Fund in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund helps vulnerable families who need assistance with paying their rent/mortgage, getting medical supplies and even gives small grants to help businesses stay afloat. I have always donated my time to charity organizations, and I enjoy helping others. I wanted to make a difference even from home in this pandemic, and what the United Way of Miami-Dade is doing in the community is very necessary. I think now is a critical time for us to come together and give back where we can to those who need it. Any amount makes a difference.
What role does Miami play in your music?
Miami plays a huge role! I released my first album, “Rhythms of Life” when I was 15 years old. I co-wrote the album with the Latin Grammy-nominated producer, Juan Vicente Zambrano. The album was half in Spanish and half in English. Although I don’t speak much Spanish, growing up in Miami, I was constantly exposed to the Latin culture. I have had the opportunity to see many Latin artists perform live in concert; from Shakira to Ricky Martin to Gloria Estefan, and so many others. I have always loved the colorful rhythms and instrumentation of Latin music. It’s lively and fun and exciting! Singing in Spanish has always been something I’ve loved. My voice coach also doesn’t speak much English, and he has been my coach for many years. Somehow we have always managed to communicate, and he has helped me so much with my confidence singing in Spanish. I also recently did a fun project where I released a salsa version of Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover),” that was arranged and produced by my talented friend Edgar Perez. I had a lot of fun recording that one!
What is happening next in Ariel Rose’s world?
I have new music coming soon, which I am super excited to share with everyone! So please make sure to follow me on my social media accounts to stay updated!
Photo credit: Scott Teitler