ONTO THE FLOOR
Rose Cora Perry.
As a local Londoner, Rose Cora Perry is an artist who is diversified with creative ideas and deeply involved with many charitable organizations within our community. She is an experienced player who is passionate about helping youth by teaching them the “healing power” of music. She has once again put together a line up of talented musicians for her upcoming album, “Onto the Floor”. Here is the inside scoop on what you can expect!
Entitled, “Onto the Floor” the album is not simply a musical experience, but a narrative of where I’ve been, where I am and where I’m going artistically.
Touching on both personal and social issues, “Onto the Floor”’s message is one of hope, inspiration and connection with others through the universal language of music.
In your new album, which song has the most meaning to what is happening now within your life?
As I’m on the verge of releasing what I believe to be my most genuine and “freeing” piece of art, I’d probably have to say that the lyrics of my song, “The End” are really hitting home right now. I’m admittedly scared, nervous, excited yet also apprehensive. I’ve put every inch of my heart and soul into this album and I’m really hoping it’ll resonate with others – that it’ll make a difference for someone out there.
To me, it marks me finally finding myself truly as an “artist” – ending (pardon the pun!) all of the preconceptions of who I “should” be and the kind of music I “should” write. So while “The End” is about saying goodbye to the past and not maintaining any regrets, it’s also about opening a door to a scary new future with new possibilities, including potential failure.
But, as they say in romantic terms, “it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.” I think the same analogy can be made with respect to making art: “It’s better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all.” With that said however, you never truly “fail” with your own creations because at the very least, they provide a healthy and valuable outlet for your own self-expression…even if no one else “gets” it.
In 2010, I launched my debut solo album and its associated non-for-profit foundation entitled, MusicSaves, which aims to impart onto troubled youth the healing power of music. All proceeds from the sale of my merchandise and upcoming disc allow me to participate in non-for-profit events as a guest speaker: spreading my story of overcoming depression, an eating disorder and teenage bullying as a result of writing and performing songs.
What has been the most enjoyable part about making this album?
It’s been a VERY long and emotional experience to be honest. At times, it felt like it would never be finished. I’ve always been a musician who has favoured live performance over recording because I love interacting with crowds and putting on a show. However, this album really challenged me in new ways. I wrote some very complex vocal layers that put my abilities to the test.
Ryan McNevin (REM Productions), my producer, also really pushed me to ensure I gave him my best performances. I enjoyed the opportunity to evolve and develop as an artist AND I absolutely ADORED collaborating with Ariel Kasler. He is phenomenally talented and this album wouldn’t be the same without his contributions.
Like my first solo record, this album pays homage to all of the artists who’ve inspired me through various lyrical, melodic and rhythmic references. If you’re curious about why it’s called “Onto the Floor”, have a listen to “Off Of the Pages” and you may just find the answer.
Will there be any videos for any songs on this album?
Absolutely! I’m hoping to release three video singles – all concept videos. My focus however right now is on trying to put together a summer/fall tour for the band. Booking requests welcome 😊 When you’re DIY like myself, it’s a LOT of work and there’s only so much sleep-deprivation I can handle!
Album Credits Include:
Producer: Ryan McNevin, REM Productions
Though Ryan McNevin's impressive aptitude for computer technology and seemingly innate understanding of musical…remproductions.ca
Mastering Engineer: Roger Lian, Roger Lian Mastering NYC
*He’s worked on records for some MAJOR heavy hitters including Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Pantera, Muse, Joan Jett, Kiss, NY Dolls, The Killers, RUSH and even my favourite band of all time Veruca Salt.
Official website of Veruca Salt. New album. New tour. Summer 2015.verucasalt.com
Ariel Kasler (Classical/Jazz Pianist) – Piano, Lead Riffs, Bass & Co-Arranger
In 2012, Ariel continued his studies at Bowling Green State University, where he studied guitar with Chris Buzzelli and…arielkasler.typepad.com
Ted Peacock (Session Player/Drummer for The Grand Theatre)
Ted Peacock - Drummer, London Music Association Repallstage.ca
What would you say to someone who is being bullied?
NEVER lose sight of who you are and what you stand for. Unfortunately, in life, sometimes people feel the need to put others down in order to elevate their own sense of self-worth. Don’t let their pettiness change you or make you feel like you are “less than” or “unworthy”. You’re NOT.
Those who TRULY matter will love you, accept you and appreciate you for all that you are and all that you are not. Celebrate your strengths and embrace your faults. It’s the combination that makes you “you”. You’re wonderful. You’re beautiful. Don’t let anyone else ever tell you or make you feel differently.