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Rick Rose
singer / songwriter / performer / author




Growing up in the honeymoon / daredevil capital of the world - Niagara Falls, Canada, Rick spent his early years listening to Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash records.

He released his first single on WARPT RECORDS, a Motown cover, "Where Did Our Love Go" with his first band LENNEX. The band toured throughout Canada and the USA, as well as Japan.

While performing in the eastern USA, Rick was introduced to rock producer MICK RONSON (David Bowie, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Mott The Hoople). Mick, impressed with Rick's singing style and songwriting abilities, offered to start developing Rick into a recording artist.

The demo session Mick produced in Toronto created a lot of excitement within the industry in Canada. Also, one song made it to Toronto radio station Q 107's Homegrown contest, resulting in a recording Contract with ATTIC - POLYGRAM RECORDS. At this time the band (with a bit of a line up change) changed their name to PERFECT AFFAIR.

Two songs from their debut LP found their way the top twenty in Canada - "She's Got It" & " On The Edge". The album achieved great sales & rave reviews in European countries such as Finland, Sweden, France, Holland, Belgium, England & Germany.

Soon, career differences set in and Rick decided to pursue a solo career. He headed south to Georgia, where he recorded with producer Rodney Mills (Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd). He also found himself co-writing with Roger Clinton (Bill's brother).

Returning to Canada, he again teamed up with his friend Mick Ronson and spent more time writing. "Gypsy Jewelry", a co-written track, won radio station 97.7 HTZ FM's local contest and a limited amount of singles were released on Columbia Records.

Playing steadily, his reputation as a great live performer grew stronger in New York State and Pennsylvania and The Rick Rose Band was recognized as Top Original Act for 4 consecutive years as part of the WESTERN NEW YORK MUSIC AWARDS.

At this time in his career Rick decided to head to New York City to seek new management. This is where his calling was waiting. He started a team with DEE ANTHONY - the most recognized rock manager in the business.

Dee has managed acts from Tony Bennett, Peter Frampton and Joe Cocker to Peter Allen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Al DeMiola, Gary Wright and many others. Rick quotes, "Dee is the greatest coach anyone can have in the music business. He has a strong sense of compassion and determination for his artist."

Dee and Rick set up a game plan for his ongoing career development and before long Dee had placed one of Rick's compositions in the Orion Film "Rude Awakening" starring Cheech Marin and Eric Roberts. The song was the theme song for the movie and was co-written with Paul A. Rothchild (The Doors, Janis Joplin) and JIM STEINMAN (Meatloaf, Celine Dion) and performed by Righteous Brother, BILL MEDLEY

At this time Dee and Rick were ready to release an independent CD of his songs, when they first decided to head for Nashville to check out the songwriting market. Before long Dee arranged an audition with Country Music Hall Of Fame songwriter, Bobby Braddock, who agreed to listen to Rick sing a half dozen of his songs. A few weeks later Rick was signed as a staff writer at Sony Tree Music in Nashville.

Rick now who spends most of his time in Nashville, New York, and Toronto, co-writing with hitmakers such as DESMOND CHILD (Ricky Martin, BonJovi, Aerosmith), ANTON FIG (David Letterman's drummer), MONTY POWELL (Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw), TOM DOUGLAS (Colin Raye, Martina McBride), TODD CERNEY (Cheap Trick, Loverboy), MARTY DODSON (John Michael Montgomery, Lonestar), DAVE GIBSON (Alabama, Montgomery-Gentry), NAIOSE SHERIDAN (Kim Stockwood).

He's also been writing with New York based actor, LOUIS VANARIA who starred in Robert DeNiro's, "A Bronx Tale" and TINA SINATRA'S, "Young At Heart."

His songs have also been recorded by a Canadian country artist and German pop singer.

A re-release of the Mick Ronson produced PERFECT AFFAIR CD (with bonus songs) will be available in Europe and Japan on the PACEMAKER RECORDS label.

Also, a new Rick Rose CD will be released on the BANDANA MUSIC label, with twelve songs co-written in Nashville and New York.