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Roots Reggae Singer Khalilah Rose, A Rising Star

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Khalilah Rose

According to her online biography, roots reggae singer Khalilah Rose represents the truth.

Meeting her for the first time, one can clearly detect that there is something special about this beautiful and vibrant artiste, simply based on her vivacious personality.

One such thing is that, despite her dedication to building her musical career, which sees her sharing her time between her base in Bull Bay and New York, USA, Rose finds time to work as a teacher for children with special needs and also as a support staff in a local homeless shelter.

In that vein, her single, Weep Not, produced by Dean Fraser and Chinna Smith on the Fade Away rhythm, and taken from her debut album, Zion's Lullaby, seems to offer comfort to those in need.

But what the singer needs, and what seems to be falling in place because of sheer talent, hard work and dedication to her career, is airplay for her music.

In addition to Weep Not, she also has a collaboration with Turbulence titled Unite, and Be Strong (from Zion's Lullaby, which also features Lutan Fyah on a track called Jah is Living) and another track, New World, which are gaining momentum.

Second album

Now, with 2012's 14-track album, Zion's Lullaby, firmly established, Rose is moving full speed ahead with her second album due this summer.

The album, being produced by Bobby Digital and his son Cali Bud, is yet to be named, but Rose is nevertheless promoting a single from the album, Incient Herbs.

"I personally want 12 tracks on the album but Cali Bud wants 14. It is not named yet, so you can give me a suggestion if you want," she laughed as she spoke with Entertainment Avenue.

Her career, which has spanned shows overseas, takes her to a performance on Reggae Geel Festival in Belgium in the summer, in addition to other European countries.

"I want to be positive," she said of her career. "I separated from my manager of four years at the end of 2015, so I'm dealing with that and just the struggles of certain things. It has been a struggle lately but I'm just rising and things are coming together for me. I'm just pushing full force with the music and I started my year positively with a good performance on Rebel Salute in January so I have to give thanks and praise. I'm here representing the queenly powers, the feminine energy and just rising up roots reggae."

As she works on her second album, Rose continues to look to the future with optimism.

"I'm ready and I'm feeling good!" she exclaims. No doubt, her summer album will be even better.