From her beginnings on grand opera stages to her newfound prominence in the jazz scene, Rose’s journey through the world of music has been nothing short of remarkable. I had the pleasure of meeting this extraordinary talent in 2020, alongside my wife Raquel, and our friendship has only deepened with time.
Rose and her husband Norm graced our “Go Live Vegas” studio, where she was a guest on one of our streaming shows. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Since then, Raquel and I have been fortunate enough to witness Rose’s incredible talents on full display, with a particularly unforgettable performance we caught in Boulder City last July.
For those who appreciate the classics, Rose Kingsley is a name that deserves your attention. With a four-octave range and a sultry, rich voice, Rose’s operatic training provides a unique foundation for her jazz performances. She has a remarkable ability to infuse each song with a captivating narrative, connecting on a deeply emotional level with her audience. It’s no wonder that after her debut at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, Rose was hailed by critics as “the Female Sinatra.”
Rose’s illustrious career began in the grand opera houses of the world. She graced stages at prestigious venues like the Metropolitan Opera in NYC, the New York Grand Opera, the Florida Opera, the Arizona Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Westchester Hudson Opera in New York. Her voice resonated within the hallowed halls of Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Bruno Walter Concert Hall at Lincoln Center.
Throughout her career, Rose shared the stage with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including legends like Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and Peter Nero. Her list of collaborators reads like a who’s who of music history, featuring luminaries such as Vic Damone, John Denver, Connie Francis, Kathryn Grayson, Kaye Ballard, and Carol Channing. Her stories are so captivating, they would leave anyone spellbound, regardless of age.
Her talent even took her to the White House and beyond. Rose had the distinct honor of performing for three U.S. Presidents: George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and William Jefferson Clinton, as well as Vice President Dan Quayle. She also graced the stage with a command performance for HRH Prince Charles. Notably, she was a Special Guest Artist at the 30th Anniversary Gala of the First Man in Space, Admiral Alan Shepard.
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Rose’s transition from opera to pop, jazz, and blues has been met with resounding success. Her first CD album, “This Is My Life,” garnered widespread acclaim, earning 5-star reviews from Associated Press, Jazz Weekly, and Jazz Monthly. The Associated Press declared, “Rose Kingsley IS A WELCOMED AND MUCH NEEDED SHINING NEW STAR FOR JAZZ AND CABARET AFICIONADOS.”
Today, Rose Kingsley is captivating audiences across the country with her spellbinding performances at prestigious jazz clubs like Birdland in NYC, Feinstein’s 54 Below in NYC, the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, and Vitello’s Supper Club in NYC. She’s also gracing major performing arts centers, where her performances are nothing short of enchanting.
Whether you’re a jazz enthusiast, a lover of classic melodies, or someone simply in search of incredible musical experiences, Rose Kingsley’s performances are a must-see. Her ability to bridge the gap between opera and jazz, her four-octave range, and her captivating storytelling through music make her a true gem in the world of entertainment. From her operatic roots to her contemporary jazz brilliance, Rose Kingsley is a true musical icon, and her journey is one that continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
Rose is passionately channeling her talents into the realm of teaching and inspiring the younger generation to pursue their love for singing. She’s taken the admirable step of establishing her very own non-profit organization to support and mentor aspiring talents. Additionally, you can enjoy her musical prowess on Spotify, making her enchanting tunes readily accessible to music lovers everywhere.
~ Aaron Elekes