Maryland native Maggie Rose is mostly known for her 2012 single “I Ain’t Your Mama” which country radio supported vigorously. However, her new single titled “Same Sky” is perfect for radio as well. Rose is a dynamic singer, songwriter and performer and definitely one to look out for in 2016.
1. Where are you answering these questions from, and what are you wearing?
I am somewhere in between Nashville and Key West, FL at approximately 35,000 feet up in the air. I am headed home from the Key West Songwriter’s Festival. Really rough gig. 🙂 Please forgive how exhausted I look…Someday I will sleep.
2. What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
My official title is songwriter, recording artist and producer. I love that I get to create every day and most of the time I am starting with a blank slate. The feeling of bringing something new into the world every day is exhilarating and even addicting. I think the fact that I have used the last few years to get involved in different areas of music like writing for lots of genres and producing has totally reinvigorated me, too. This “job” makes me feel connected to myself and other people because in the creative process you are reaching out to others and reaching within yourself.
3. What are three things you CANNOT live without?
Sunglasses. I have many pairs in rotation and am not totally partial to one style, but I will never be without at least one pair of shades. I may have a hoarding issue when it comes to them but wearing them is such an easy way to make a big statement that’s also functional. I carry deodorant around with me which might be weird to some, but when you need it you need it! My fiancé started ordering this healthy pre-packaged snack assortment box called graze because he knew I would run out the door to my sessions or rehearsals without grabbing something healthy so I pretty much always have snacks in my purse. So, if you’re hungry and need some shades and deodorant, I’m your girl.
4. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I am on dog duty first thing in the morning. Our dog Grace sleeps in our room and she always patiently waits for me to wake up and when I do, she’s ready for me.
5. What’s your favorite cartoon character?
Roger from American Dad. Hands down. For those of you who don’t know Roger, he is not your typical family friendly cartoon. He is a twisted, hilarious alien stolen from the CIA by Agent Stan Smith and his family. Yes, it’s weird and awesome.
6. What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned?
Don’t say yes to opportunities to make other people happy. Making others happy can of course be one of the wonderful by-products of saying yes, but it should not be the fundamental reason to do so. I say yes to things that I know I have time to dedicate to, that I will do very well, and that will represent who I am. If I follow these rules, things start to fall into place and I don’t feel like I am over-promising and under-delivering to anyone, including myself. These guidelines have been difficult for me to follow over the years and luckily I reached a point where I was able to reassess my path and choose the things that I really wanted to commit to and those things have been my rebuilding blocks.
7. What is your favorite thing about being a female artist?
I don’t know that my list of favorite things about being an artist would vary much had I been born a male. Once I was able to tap into a place where I could finally be unapologetic, the male/female thing became a little less important. However, I do think there are some double-standards that women can actually benefit from, but let’s face it, there aren’t many. It’s more commonly accepted for us to reimagine ourselves where we can visually and aesthetically smack people over the head with how we want to be perceived. It’s an extension of the art form. I would love to say that I would still wear whatever I wanted and change my look up whenever I wanted if I were a male artist, but I know that eyebrows might raise even higher if I were a male. I like to molt from stage to stage depending on the creative space I am in and I enjoy that luxury as woman. I am done sounding like a hippie now.
8. At what age did you know that you wanted to be a performer?
There are pictures of me in a diaper singing at the top of my lungs. Whenever my parents had any company over, they would always encourage me to sing whichever song I was into at the time from my favorite Disney movie, album or musical. It’s just how I grew up. My family made me feel like my love of singing should be celebrated and that’s all I’ve ever known so it didn’t leave room for me to be self-conscious about singing in front of people. It really hit me that performing was my vocation when I had the chance to sing my first original song in front of a crowd.
9. Who is your favorite country singer from the 90s?
The 90s were such an amazing time for women! I loved the Dixie Chicks, Faith, Trisha, Deana Carter…I could go on and on about how stellar that time was for me as an impressionable listener. But, I have to choose one and Shania is it. That was the first concert I ever attended and I still remember the yellow outfit she wore and how wowed I was by her stage presence. She gave all the proceeds of her show to feeding hungry children, too. I was totally floored.
10. Do you have a favorite item in your closet?
My closet is a very exciting place. There is a room in the back of our house that I converted into a closet because why not? In that room there is my beloved shoe wall. There is a very special pair of silver Jimmy Choos that my mom and sisters gave me to wear at my wedding and every time I go in the closet I have to give them a little love pat.
11. Do you have a favorite place to perform?
The Grand Ole Opry is such a sacred place to me. Every time I play there I get butterflies in my stomach because you can just feel the history and energy from all the legends that have stood on that stage. The Ryman Auditorium is amazing. I could sing on that stage with no microphone and still fill up the room. Acoustics don’t get much better than that. There are tons of places I am always happy to return to, but those two are precious to me.
12. What’s one gift you will never forget?
I was given a Taylor Guitar by my good friend when I was 18 years old and it was the guitar on which I first learned to play. I am reminded of how far I’ve come every time I play it. It sounds better with age.
13. What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it?
I really enjoy my work with the Human Rights Campaign. I think that we have some work to do as a society when it comes to our acceptance and tolerance of others but it has been inspiring to be alive during a time where evolution is actually taking place and changes are happening.
14. Do you think country music should evolve?
Absolutely! All music should evolve in my opinion. Evolution to me is not ridding the genre of the things that made it great in the first place, instead it is building on the foundation of those things. There will always be room for traditional country because it will stand the test of time. However, Nashville would not be the inspiring place that it is if people weren’t open to growth.
15. What’s one super power you wish you had?
Considering that I am currently dealing with traveling, I would have to say the power of teleportation. When are they going to invent that!?
16. You’re making your favorite sandwich… what’s on it?
French bread, turkey, avocado, sprouts, Havarti cheese, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, salt and pepper. That’s my sammich.
17. Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?
Big Boi. I got to work with him and Mannie Fresh on a Dallas Davidson song that we are featured in and I find him absolutely impressive. He has been making music for 22 years, he works with all kinds of artists. His project Big Grams is one of my favorite projects out there right now. I never know what he will do next but I know it won’t be boring. Also, I know I am cheating in mentioning a second act, but The 1975 is my current obsession.
18. What makes you laugh out loud?
More like who, and it’s Austin Marshall. As Barney as it sounds, I am marrying the funniest person I have ever met.
19. Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
…Austin takes his shirt off.
20. Fill in the blank: Country music has made me…
Do you have a favorite Maggie Rose song? Tweet me and let me know @brittwv.
Be sure to pick up her new EP The Variety Show, Vol. 1 at iTunes.