By Nicole Mitchell
Caley Rose is a female empowerment pop singer of four years—and she’s just getting started. So far, her music has been in commercials, she’s been streaming her music creation, her single “GAME OVER” is on the Billboard charts, and, coming up soon, Rose will be performing at an event this Saturday in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
While Rose has been booked and busy regarding her music career recently, it wasn’t always that way. “I was always a singer,” she said. “But I got lost along the way and took some detours.” Her original end goal was to join Broadway as a performer. “However, if I was honest with myself, I really just wanted to do pop music.”
It took Rose a while into her music career to make the switch to pop. “I was working with different producers, and I wasn’t a songwriter,” she said. At the time, Rose followed the lead of what her songwriters wanted her music to sound like. “It wasn’t until four years ago that I started songwriting,” she explained. “Once I realized myself as a writer, I saw myself as a singer.”
Now as she writes, Rose pulls inspiration from a variety of places. “I write a lot of songs,” she said. “Only a couple of them get produced because it takes time and money to do so.” Most of the songs she writes come from time alone. A main theme in Rose’s music is confidence. “I create from a space of wanting to make people feel confident and not alone,” she said.
Similar to why she writes music, Rose has began speaking in schools, hoping to inspire the kids she talks to. “I want to sing songs that are empowering for kids,” she said, “and not in a way that I’m talking down to them.” Rose hopes that throughout her music and her motivational talks that she can help give kids the tools they need to become confident in who they are. One way she does this—both in her music and in the talks—is by sharing her struggle. “There are days of crying in my bed,” she explained. “There’s time where I’ve wasted money… It was hard. There are bad moments, but keep picking yourself up.”
Rose’s newest single, released April 14 titled “Lonely Bird,” is slightly different from her past music. “The past five songs I’ve done are all upbeat, girl power songs,” she said. “I use a lot of “girl,” “woman,” etc. in my lyrics.” “Lonely Bird,” however, is a more emotional song that Rose wrote after the death of her grandfather.
Most recently, Rose was invited to perform at a festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “My manager got an email from this radio station in Chattanooga,” she said. “They called me and asked if I wanted to perform.” Rose was excited for this opportunity. “They said, ‘this is a little weird, but it’s a big thing in our city.’” The festival, Running of The Chihuahuas, takes place in Chattanooga April 30—and yes, it’s exactly how it sounds. Other performing artists include Charlotte Sands and Jena Rose.
Check out Caley Rose on social media—Twitter, Instagram and Twitch—@caleyrose and @caleyrosemusic on TikTok. You can listen to her music via Spotify or Apple Music.
Caley Rose at Running of the Chihuahuas
First Horizon Pavilion
1826 Reggie White Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37408
Nicole Mitchell (she/they) is a writer and social media manager who graduated December 2020 with a degree in strategic communication. A few of her favorite things include cuddling with cats, listening to Bon Iver, making lattes, and running her book club (even though sometimes she forgets to read the books.)
Photos by Reina Mora and Karl Walker