Top 40s Singer Offers Tips for Parents of Kids with Big Dreams

Sydney Rose

The singer/songwriter whose debut pop single, “Breaking Rules,” hit No. 15 on the national radio Top 40 chart earlier this fall, says she tried to put her dream on hold – and couldn’t.

Ginny Grimsley
Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 04:49 PM.

If Sydney Rose, 20, could talk to the young contestants who wowing audiences on shows like “The Voice” and “The X-Factor,” she’d tell them: Even if you don’t make it to the end of this contest, if you have a vision and a talent, don’t ever give up.

The singer/songwriter whose debut pop single, “Breaking Rules,” hit No. 15 on the national radio Top 40 chart earlier this fall, says she tried to put her dream on hold – and couldn’t.

“I’ve been in love with music all my life,” says Rose (www.sydneyrosemusic.com). “I’ve learned it’s an important part of who I am and you can’t ignore that, no matter what your age.”

Rose says her parents and other adults in her life were instrumental in helping her develop her talents. Her father recognized her ear for music when she was just 2 and immediately recognized a classical composition as a song from “The Little Mermaid.”

She started with singing, then learned guitar (“My first chord was D”) and, at age 13, took dance lessons. She overcame any lingering shyness about performing before audiences by joining two other girls in a pop/dance group called Rosemadayne.

She put together her first album at 16, but it’s her newest album, “Rise,” an up-tempo celebration of life, that made the breakthrough on radio. It’s getting airplay on stations across the country, a development that never ceases to amaze and delight the rising star.

“Listening to myself on the planet 96.7 right at this moment!!!” she posted recently on Twitter (@itssydneyrose). “This is surreal!!!! #bestdayeverever.”



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