CHUCK KUEPFER, Staff Reporter
Amy Rose has released a pair of singles for an upcoming album due out in 2013, both of which have been well received. The first single Party Like a Redneck is on constant rotation on Country Music Television, and has received close to 100,000 hits on YouTube. It has also been added to more than 500 radio stations worldwide.
A second single I Just Want You to Know is just starting to climb the charts.
The recent success comes after Rose put her career on the back burner to raise a family. She released her first album One Special Girl when she was 13, which led to a spot on Dorian Baxter's Gospelenium Tour as the opening act for Conway Twitty's daughters Joni and Cathy.
Rose also had shows opening for The Wilkinsons, Emerson Drive and High Valley.
"She got married and had three little girls of her own, and now she's just starting to get back into it a little bit – and it has skyrocketed right away," said Christina Corbett, who play bass guitar in Rose's band. "The world was just waiting for her to come back."
Rose began working with Marty Beecroft and Glen Coulson of After Tuesday Productions in 2010. The two singles were recorded at Sony Tree Studios in Nashville, then mixed and mastered in Toronto.
Corbett, a former Elmira resident who continues to bring bands to town as a promoter with Promoagogo, joined Rose's band after responding to an online ad.
"I just answered a Kijiji ad and it was somebody looking for a bass player for a video," said Corbett. "I basically just had to act in it because the tracks were already down. It was like a 12-hour Hollywood-shoot type of thing, with the director, big boom cameras, the lighting and all that stuff. It was pretty cool to do."
It also turned out was in the right place at the right time.
"We just finished the video and Amy and I really hit it off, and she was like, 'do you wanna be our regular bass player'?" said Corbett.
On her website bio, Rose is described as having a "soaring vocal range and pop country sensibilities." Her influences include many older country and western artists.
"Conway Twitty would be one of her big idols, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette...those types of people," said Corbett.
Her single Party Like a Redneck has more of a new-country sound, which has earned comparisons to Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.
"And she's so unique too," said Corbett. "She can yodel. I'd never thought I'd be in a band where somebody yodels. She does a song Cowboy Sweetheart and there's a yodel part in it — and she just nails it. She kind of puts her own twist on it and it's a lot of fun for the audience."
To promote her most recent single, Rose will be performing two shows in Nashville before coming to Elmira. An international tour is also in the works.
"She's huge in Japan right now, and Europe, so her manager is working on a tour for that," said Corbett. "It looks like we'll be hitting the road soon."
Momentum continues to build for the new single I Just Want to Know You, which was originally recorded by the Backstreet Boys. The song features the talents of some heaving-hitting musicians on the Nashville scene: Mark Prentice, bass (Vince Gill, Keith Urban), Glen Duncan, fiddle (Reba McIntyre, Shania Twain), and Mike Rojas, keys (Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan).
According to the MTS Management Group, the single has been among the most-added songs to US country radio stations since it's Oct. 21st release.
"She's a person that deserves it," said Corbett. "She works really hard at her craft. She's going to go far for sure."
Local musician Larry Lesperance will open Rose's Elmira show, which begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15.
For tickets call the Central Tavern at 519-669-9028, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ticketwindow.ca.