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Meet Shoshana Rosemarin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shoshana Rosemarin.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in a hippie-filled college town called Eugene, OR. Singing has been my passion for as long as I can remember. The infatuation began with nursery rhymes, then Disney songs, and soon whatever I could listen to and parrot back! Throughout my childhood, I performed in choirs and a handful of talent shows but was relatively private about my desire to pursue music.

As I got older, the reality of my impossible dream began to set in. I knew that if I were to simply move to Los Angeles with no plan, I would immediately fail. This realization led me to research contemporary music schools in the area, and I stumbled upon LACM. I auditioned and was accepted into the Los Angeles College of Music to start Fall 2018 studying Vocal Performance. My very first term at LACM, I took a songwriting class as an elective. Up until this class, I had hated every writing assignment the public school system had forced upon me. I was positive I would never be a songwriter until I wrote my first song ever as an assignment for the class. I discovered that I was not only capable of writing songs but that I actually enjoyed it. My new found love grew rapidly, and I made the decision to switch my major to songwriting.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Truthfully, most of my struggles thus far have been self-inflicted. Low self-confidence and insecurity have been constant throughout my life. These issues were only amplified when I started school, as I was suddenly surrounded by many talented musicians. This caused me to question not only myself in general but also my abilities as a singer/songwriter. I have often doubted my skills and whether I’d be cut out for a career in the music industry. Yet, in spite of my fears, I find myself gaining confidence with every performance and each song I write.

My whole life, singing the songs I love has been the one thing that will always make me happy. Now I realize that singing the songs that come from my own stories and emotions is an even greater joy. The passion to continue on this path overrides any difficulties by far and I cannot think of doing anything else with my life.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a singer/songwriter definitely still working on mastering my sound!

My older music has been described as “soulful contemporary pop,” though my influences vary greatly. While I tend to stay in a more soulful, R&B/Blues bubble for my current personal works, I have a rather broad taste in music and am able to adapt to other genres as well.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Some of my favorite memories as a kid are of going to my hometown’s Saturday Market with my dad. The Saturday Market is a staple of Eugene, OR, and I’ve spent countless hours browsing the many eclectic booths. I remember warm sunny days (and far more overcast, rainy ones) sipping fresh lemonade and eating pad thai while watching live bands perform at the center of the market.

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Alaniya Patton, Camellia Sopher, James Diamond, Iris Alba

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