Talking Mental Health, Self Care, and Giving Back with Ariel Rose

Meet Ariel Rose, an up-and-coming singer whose experience during quarantine inspired her latest single, “Somebody Loves You.” The singer, who grew up in the pulsing city of Miami, Florida, found herself, like many, struggling with loneliness and mental health issues, and channeled those feelings into a song aimed to serve as a great big hug to everyone out there feeling the same way.

Rose, who began making headlines at the young age of 15, when she worked with Latin Grammy-nominated producer Juan Vicente Zambrano to produce and co-write her first album, serves as an inspiration to many, not only performing the national anthem at professional sports games for The Miami Marlins, Heat and Dolphins and performing as the lead vocalist for Cirque de Soleil’s Cirque Dreams “Holidaze,” but also giving back back by teaming up with non-profit United Way of Miami-Dade and speaking out about causes close to her heart.

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BELLA chatted with the talented young songstress about her latest, single, mental health, coronavirus, giving back and her dream collaboration. Read on:

Tell us about your latest single “Somebody Loves You.”

Somebody Loves You” is the hug you need when you’re feeling down. It’s an uplifting pop piano ballad that I hope reminds people that no matter who you are, where you are, or whatever you’re going through, somebody loves you. I wrote “Somebody Loves You” when I was feeling overwhelmed and I asked myself, “What is the one thing someone could say to me that would make me feel better?” And it was that someone loved me. I think we don’t always realize the value in telling people we care and are there for them. The music video is also very personal to me because it features clips of me growing up, along with my father, a classically trained pianist, accompanying me on the piano. I come from a very musical family and my father has always been an inspiration to me, so being able to share that creative experience with him was really cool!

Why do you think it’s important to talk about mental health? 

It’s extremely important to talk about mental health because many people, especially right now, have been going through a difficult time. People have been isolated. They aren’t going out as much in general. It’s something I feel that we don’t talk about enough. When people post on social media, usually it’s about the good things and not the struggles that we face. A lot of times depression, anxiety, loneliness, and other mental health issues can be easily hidden or difficult to see in others because it’s an internal battle. I think people will be able to relate to “Somebody Loves You,” as we’re all going through unprecedented times right now, and I hope when people listen to my song, they feel a little less alone and a little more loved.

How has Covid19 impacted your mental health? 

Going through this pandemic has definitely been an adjustment, to say the least! It hasn’t been easy not being able to hug my extended family members and see many of my friends. My live performances have been cancelled or rescheduled to next year. But it has given me a lot of time to explore my creative side and focus on things I didn’t have much time for before. 

What are some things that have brought you comfort during the pandemic?

I recently started a poetry book, as well as a painting journal. I’ve been writing a lot of song lyrics. I think it’s really important to look for the positive in everything and keep as much of a routine as possible. I work out and do my vocal warm ups daily. I’ve been able to spend time with my immediate family, which has been really special. I’m grateful to be able to have this time to learn as much as I can and improve myself, while giving back to the community. 

You’ve also partnered up with United Way of Miami-Dade. Why did you choose this organization?

I chose to partner with the United Way of Miami-Dade because I admire the amazing work they are doing in the community. They started their Miami Pandemic Response Fund to help vulnerable families affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. They are helping people by giving them food and supplies, helping people with their mortgage/rent payments, as well as issuing micro-grants to small businesses to help them stay afloat. What they are doing in the community is extremely necessary and really wonderful and I hope people will donate to this worthwhile Pandemic Response Fund. Every dollar can make a difference!

Why do you think it’s important to give back? 

I’ve always felt that each of us has a responsibility to give back to those in need. I’ve been giving my time singing for the Special Olympics since I was 12 years old, along with many other noteworthy charitable organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I am always looking for ways to give back and I think now is a great time for people to come together and help others. I wanted to make a difference, and the beautiful thing about technology is that people can still make a difference, even from home!

Growing up among the culture of Miami has impacted your career and your music. Why do you think it’s important to learn about and learn from other cultures?

Growing up in Miami has been an amazing experience! Not only do we have incredible weather and beaches, but Miami is such a culturally diverse city. My first album, “Rhythms of Life,” I co-wrote with Latin Grammy-nominated Producer, Juan Vicente Zambrano. it is half in English and half in Spanish. I am not Hispanic and I don’t speak much Spanish, but I’ve always been drawn to Latin music. And If I didn’t grow up in Miami, I’m not sure I would have had the luxury of being exposed to so much Latin music! My first concert was a Ricky Martin concert when I was six years old!! He was my one of my favorite artists growing up and his songs were always so full of life! It’s really important to learn from other cultures because it’s necessary to understand where other people come from and how others grew up. Music, in general, has been so greatly shaped by a variety of cultures. Many countries have different instruments and styles of music. I particularly love the instrumentation and colorful rhythms of Latin music. And I really enjoy singing in other languages. I graduated from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and studied Classical Voice, where I sang Italian, German, and other languages. It’s very helpful to know how other musicians got inspired and hear what they listened to in order to learn and become a well rounded person and musician. 

If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be and why?

Wow! That is a tough one! There are so many incredible artists from different genres. It would be a dream to collaborate with Barbra Streisand or Celine Dion. Both are incredible vocalists that I’ve admired my whole life. I also LOVE Maluma, CNCO, Gente de Zona, Lady Gaga, and Tony Succar!! Being able to collaborate with any of them would be incredible! 

What’s on the horizon for you and your career?

I am going to be releasing more music in the Fall, which I am super excited about sharing with you all so please make sure to follow me on my social media! 

Where can fans follow you?

You can follow me on my social media accounts here:

     

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