At age 11, rising Venezuelan singer-songwriter Elena Rose began writing poetry to express her emotions. âWhatever I felt or what I thought someone else was feeling, I wrote it down,â Rose said. Billboard. âWhile doing poetry, I started playing with rhymes and that’s when I got into songwriting. “
Now at 25, Rose has written songs for artists like Becky G, Rauw Alejandro, and CNCO. But those opportunities didn’t come easily and it wasn’t until she moved to Miami in 2014 that she stepped in the door.
âSince I was little, I dreamed of becoming an artist. I always wanted to sing, but while I was in Venezuela I was literally in danger and my life was not going to improve if I stayed there, âshe said. âSo I moved to the States when I was 19 with my sister who was 16. It was the universe telling me that I was doing what I was not supposed to do. I used the money I had collected singing in bars in Venezuela to come here and we started from scratch.
Her big breakthrough as a songwriter came after Becky G recorded her song “Dollar”, which peaked at No. 27 on BillboardHot Latin Songs (table dated November 1, 2019). âHaving written ‘Dollar’ for Becky G has fundamentally changed my whole life. Now I was considered a leading Latin songwriter, which has never been very common in the industry.
She wrote “Dollar” at a writing camp hosted by Sony Music Latin two years ago and has since continued to write songs for Becky, most recently “My Man”, and is credited on the remix “Tattoo” d. ‘Alejandro and Camilo. âWriting for others taught me to write for myself. I saw these artists open their hearts to me, a complete stranger, and that’s when I knew I had to learn more about myself.
And that’s exactly what she does, now focusing on her career as an artist and making her debut with three uplifting songs “Sandunga”, “Fenomenal” and “La Ducha” which bring her calming voice to the fore. Being in the spotlight comes with a lot of pressure, however. âThere is something beautiful about the comfort zone given to you when you write songs for artists,â she explained. âIt took a while to feel safe and confident as a singer. But now there is also a beautiful form of freedom that comes with responsibility. “
As one of the few female composers in the Latin music industry, Rose recognizes her responsibility to challenge other male songwriters who write explicit and misogynistic lyrics. Especially in the urban kind.
“I’ve been in rooms where I literally walk in and say ‘What do you got for Becky?’ And that’s the most disrespectful thing and because they’re men, they don’t see it. not like that, “she said.” What I love is that now I can be in a room and be the voice of women who can’t be in the room and say ‘honestly we would hate to listen to that “. It’s just being real. But as a woman, I also want to swear and say sh â how men would say it because why not me? If it’s a real song and as long as we respect each other, I want to be part of it, urban or not.
Learn more about this week’s Latin artist on the rise below.
Last name: Andrea Elena Mangiamarchi HernÃ¡ndez
Major achievement: âI was recently able to buy a house for my mom in Miami. This is where we live and now we have a beautiful house where I live with my mother and sisters. I’m proud of it.
Recommended song: âLa Ducha! This is the first time that I have laid bare my soul in this way. It’s about loving yourself, kissing and shining with your own light. It’s very me.
And after: “I’ll be releasing new singles the rest of the year. They are very different from each other but I will continue to bar myself from a soul point of view, music point of view so that people get to know me a little bit more, my different sounds and perspectives. I’m excited! âElena Rose will also be part of the Lollapalooza four-night virtual festival. She will be in concert on August 2nd.