Anna Rose is barely 25 years old, and she’s already traveled the world, walked countless star-studded film premiere red carpets, and has gone to the Oscars more times than Andy Dick.
Rose is the offspring of Alan Menken — the eight-time Oscar-winning musical master behind Disney classics like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “The Little Mermaid,” and while her childhood may seem like a fairy tale to some, it hasn’t defined her as an adult or as an artist.
While she has every reason to be a spoiled little rich girl riding daddy’s coattails, Rose is the antithesis: a hard working, down-to-earth talented singer/songwriter and guitarist who’s paying her dues by touring rigorously for her debut album “Nomad,” which dropped earlier this summer. As for her music? It’s melodic, emotional, and everything contemporaries her age (um, Ke$ha?) aren’t doing in the pop world.
As her singles “Whispers” and “Picture” gradually get airplay, I caught up with Rose, who’s fittingly animated by the way, at the Sneak Attack Media offices in Lower Manhattan and asked her about touring, her new album, and distancing herself a bit from her mega-fan, mega-dad.
Exclusive performance of “Picture”:
Exclusive cover of “Jolene”:
For more on Rose and her tour, visit www.annarosemusic.com. Her next gig is Thursday, Aug. 19 in which she’ll headline a show with rockers The August Infinity at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, NY. The concert benefits the conservatory, a not-for-profit community school for music and the arts. For more info, visit www.augustconcert.eventbrite.com.