Megan RoseSongwriterSan Ramon, CAPhotos & Story by Lauri LevenfeldMakeup & Hair by Irmina Martinez Loeffler
1. Who are you? What were you like as a child?
Hi everyone! I am Megan Rose, a 21-year-old Senior at San Francisco State University whose ordinary life has recently turned into a dream I never want to wake up from.
As a child, I was a little bit of a pistol. I knew what I wanted and I was not going to stop until I got it. I’m grateful to my parents for 1) dealing with me, but 2) not trying to suppress that characteristic in me because I believe that is one of the traits that has helped me get to where I am today.
2. When did music become a priority in your life? And how did you nurture your passion?
I always knew growing up that I wanted to sing and perform for people, but it took me awhile to truly understand the amount of hard work that was needed to do this successfully. I still remember the exact moment when my ambition really kicked in; I was in the seventh grade and I was at one of my very first singing competitions. There was a girl there around the same age as me who sang an Etta James song and I remember being so mesmerized by her voice. I wanted to be as good as her or better, and I wasn’t. Long story short, she beat me in the competition and that lit a fire! Right after that is when I became even more determined. I got my first vocal coach and really started focusing more time and intensity into singing and performing.
3. You are currently a contender on The Voice- Season 13, tell us about your journey to Team Miley.
Oh wow my journey to Team Miley could be a whole article in itself. I’ll try to sum this up as best as I can. This whole excited began early this
year when the audition process first started. Over the course of many months, I auditioned for The Voice Producers and again for the Executive Producers and the Network before I was finally told that I had been selected to go to the Blind Auditions which were taped this summer.
The Blind Audition process is actually about a month long. The first three weeks are solely preparation for the real thing. These three weeks consist of voice lessons, band rehearsals, interviews, legal meetings, and spending lots of time with some of the most talented and incredible people that have become lifelong friends.
Every single artist I met was so special! We all supported and encouraged each other throughout the process. I became especially close to my roommate Anna Catherine DeHart who is on Team Blake.
The week of the Blind Auditions was an emotional roller coaster for me to say the least. I didn’t audition until the very last day and while I didn’t know the results of anyone else’s auditions, I knew that the teams had to be filling up. That was extremely nerve racking for me only because I knew there was a chance that all of the teams could fill up before I even had a chance to audition. All I wanted was a chance to get on up on that stage and show these coaches what I had been working so hard on for the past three weeks and to hopefully get on a team.
Being on that stage and getting to sing in front of panel of such successful and respected artists was a dream come true in itself. Getting those chair turns was truly a surreal moment for me and being on Team Miley has exceeded my wildest dreams.
| 4. Name a few people who have impacted your art/ your life.
I have so many people to give credit to for impacting my life, music, and career in such an amazing way. Of course, my family! They have been my number one fans and influencers. Everything I do, I do with their encouragement and support.
My vocal coach, Libby Lavella, is the one who has steered me in the right direction, as a mentor, vocal coach, life coach/therapist and unofficial manager. I give her so much credit for helping me get to where I am today. Then of course, The Voice and The Voice team, especially Trelawny, the head vocal coach on The Voice, the producers and ultimately Miley, and my teammates. They have already impacted my art and my life in so many incredible ways. There has been nothing but respect, kindness and support from everyone. I can’t wait for you guys to see as the show progresses!
5. Why is a platform like TPFG so important today? Being on Team Miley, an all-girl team (whoop whoop), how did you influence and support one another?
A platform like The Project for Girls is so important, especially in today’s world, because it is a way to inspire young women to shine and live out their dreams, whatever they may be, without fear or hesitation.
Being on an all-female team, I get a lot of questions from people asking about cattiness or if I feel like things are “more competitive” but it’s actually the exact opposite! I have never met a more supportive, inspiring, and talented group of women in my entire life. We genuinely want to see each other succeed and do great things These women have become a part of my heart and soul. We have become true friends and a second family.
With everything going on in this world, it is so important for us, as women, to build each other up and cheer each other on and I’m so honored to be on a team that can set an example of that in such a public way.
6. Name a song (or lyrics) that best describes you and why.
This is a tougher question to answer than I thought it would be. I feel like there are so many songs that are relevant to my life right now. I could literally put a whole album together of songs that describe me or what has influenced who I am today.
The songs that resonate with me the most currently though are “Second Wind” by Maren Morris, “Fly” by Maddie & Tae, and “Anyway” by Martina McBride.
If you know these songs, you know that they all have an ongoing theme of not letting anything get in the way of doing what you want to do and to not be afraid of failing. More times than not, you are going to get knocked down, but there is nothing more powerful and inspiring than continuing to push through challenges, getting back up and trying again.
7. What has been the biggest challenge for you in pursuing your dreams/ in life? Your biggest a-ha moment?
The biggest challenge for me in pursuing my dreams is over-thinking and underestimating myself and my abilities.
My biggest a-ha moment so far has been learning not to compare myself to other people and embracing who I am as a person, artist and vocalist. Being on The Voice has especially taught me this. We’re all here because we all bring something beautiful and different to the show, as every single person does to this world.
8. Why country? Is there a memory or childhood experience that connected you to this genre?
Growing up my dad played a lot of country music in the car and around the house. He played other genres too, but country music is something I have always gravitated towards. There’s something about being able to tell a story through music that really resonates with me and while all genres tell stories through their music, there is something about country music that is so heartfelt and just really does it for me. Country music has the ability to make even the saddest of stories so beautiful and inspiring.
| 9. Outside of music, what are your hopes and dreams?
I have a lot of hopes and dreams outside of music. For starters, I want to take care of my family and repay them for everything that they have done for me. I also want to adopt as many shelter animals as I can, have a farm, contribute in any way I can to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, and inspire people to do what they love and to never settle for less.
10. What’s next for Megan Rose?
The Voice is the biggest thing to ever happen to my music career thus far, so it’s hard to say what’s next musically while I continue on this journey. I would absolutely love to move to Nashville. San Francisco will always be my home, but I think Nashville is the perfect place for me to be in order to continue following my dreams as a country singer.
I can say that I have never felt more blessed than I do at this time in my life. I hope to continue to grow and evolve as a person and an artist not only while I am here, but wherever my music decides to take me.