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Meet Corina Rose – Acoustic Soul Singer from San Diego

Today we’d like to introduce you to Corina Rose.

Corina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in San Diego. I grew up selling vegetables in my family’s farm stand. My dad always sang around the house. His favorite song to sing was “Summertime.” I’ve been singing since I was a little girl. I sang “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston in the 4th-grade talent show, and that changed my life. When I sing, I feel God coming through my throat chakra. I went to UC Santa Cruz and majored in classical voice, but my favorite class was Latin American Ensemble where we got to play panpipes and sing songs in Quechua.

I preferred jazz to opera and didn’t feel like I fit in. I loved World music and wanted to travel. I went to Southeast Asia for six months after college, and then I joined a rock band as their lead singer for a short time. After that, I joined a band called Rising Star and was the only female singer in the eight-person group. I sang with them every weekend for three years, in every venue in San Diego. At that time I wrote and recorded my first album.

After leaving Rising Star, I started my own band, but that was short -lived. Then I taught myself guitar and started teaching music full time. I dived deep into personal development, teacher stuff, master’s degree, and had a boyfriend, and after all that I put together a second album of songs I had written on guitar. That album is called Love Is Everywhere – a nod to my spiritual growth and awakening, and expanding joy and bliss in my life: creating and making music.

I am about to release my third album, on Jan. 4th, 2019. It’s actually the first album that is very intentional- it’s called “Our Love is Freedom,” and the theme of the album is Love – universal, transcendent, energetic, and passionate. Each song represents a different facet of love – self -love, cosmic love, romantic love, love for humanity and each other. I feel strongly that tapping into the powerful energetic force of Infinite love is healing.

So I decided to do my best to bring more love into the world through my music. I am happy I get to blend my spirituality, my personality, my sexuality, and my musicality into an offering for humanity. I am honored and humbled to share my gifts with the world. Please download, stream, and share.

Has it been a smooth road?
Well, what life is a smooth road? I remember feeling really terrible because when I got to college, I had to take speech therapy to learn to speak in my “optimum pitch” so that I could be admitted to the opera program. Even then, I didn’t qualified to perform a graduate recital, so I felt like a failure. I felt beat up and ego-bruised and like I must be a terrible singer and musician. That has stayed with me for a long time, and I fight everyday to overcome this feeling of not being good enoug.

I started reading spiritual books, and going to Agape in Culver City, and taking the Landmark Forum, and going to meditation retreats. Now I have a handle on that mean voice inside my head and when it tells me ” you’re not good enough” I tell it to shut up, and I do it anyway- I write, sing, record, and release music all while the fear is present, but I do it anyway. That is my courage, and I’m proud of it.

I’ve struggled with the idea of being a music teacher and a musician. I thought they were mutually exclusive and was concerned that I couldn’t be a “real musician” or a “real artist” if I was a music teacher. I used to worry a lot that I wasn’t a real musician, or that I would never be good enough, and had low self-esteem.

I struggle with comparing myself to others, feeling like I’m not doing enough. I struggle with the idea sometimes like, why am I even doing this? does anyone care? But then I realize it’s fun for me and it feels good, so I just do it for me- write, sing, play my guitar. It’s fun. Especially playing with other musicians.

I struggle because I am doing this all on my own, and I wonder- am I doing it right? Am I doing it all wrong ? And then I realize it’s all part of the journey, part of the learning process, part of my story.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m just obsessed with Love – the way humans love, Infinite Love, why the lack of compassion and love, how can society heal ourselves with unconditional love, how can I be a source of love in the world? That’s what inspired me to write my latest album called Our Love Is Freedom. This statement represents the most powerful and elusive aspect Love has to offer – a sense of freedom.

My music is rich in influences that span from jazz to reggae. The first record is the soulful “I Prayed for You,” in which the meeting of two people sparks a transformational journey.  The album winds through the seduction, magic, and beautiful humanity of love, landing in the heart-driven melody of “It Takes Love,” a reminder to all of us to give, lean in, and receive.

My  parents were hippie political activists and my unconventional upbringing made me feel different from my peers. I turned to music to connect with the world. As a classically trained singer and music teacher, it wasn’t until I picked up a guitar and began to write that the path and purpose for my music became clear. Drawing inspiration from Sade, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, and Amy Winehouse,  I wrote the songs on my heart. Since then, I’ve been combining my passions and I am building a career that firmly and fully lives into my personal mystical love story.

I’ve lead hundreds of students in song, toured through Europe and played at the Eiffel Tower and the Berlin Wall, and I am a part of San Diego’s live music scene. I am inspired to create connection. I hope I inspire others to live their dreams and be extraordinary, move through fear by appreciating the magic of the unknown, and open themselves up to loving each other to create a better world. My transcendent love songs capture the journey of finding, experiencing, and connecting with the love that is inside us all.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
There are a lot of changes happening in the music industry right now, and I love it. It’s so interesting and fascinating, and daunting! I love how artists can connect with their fans, and fans can find artists they love because there are so many sites/apps/ streaming platforms/blogs/playlists, you name it! It’s great!

Music makes the world go around – literally our hearts BEAT- so I am glad that there is so much music to be heard, music to be made, music to be enjoyed! Music connects people, so I think more people are feeling connected hopefully, and that is a good thing for everyone. Also, I’ve noticed more people becoming creative, because of all the new apps and platforms and opportunities to be creative, and I love it.

I predict that the arts and music will once again become a focal point in our society, as it has been in other times in history. As we reconnect to the power of the Arts as individuals, our society will benefit from that. Science is now demonstrating the power of the Arts, what we artists have already known, it’s healing and beneficial properties, to help people feel better. This is the new medicine!

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Nomadic Pixie, Chuck Lapinsky

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