Fairplay is the place to be for music this weekend
FAIRPLAY – Some voices just soar above the rest.Wendy De Rosa, a singer, songwriter and guitarist based out of California’s Bay Area, blends urban grooves, funky tunes and folk-pop into her own inspirational sound at 4 p.m. as part of the South Park Music Festival.Her father introduced her to music when he traded a painting job for a piano.”We were raised very poor,” De Rosa said. “We didn’t have much.”But when she was 10, her dad traded his work for the instrument and lessons. Later, in college, De Rosa picked up the guitar.”I needed an outlet, a musical instrument,” she said. “The piano was too big to fit into a dorm. I tried sax, but then I picked up the guitar, and it fit so well. I skipped classes to play the guitar. I played for five to seven hours a day for a year.”In 1995, she moved from Bridgeport, Conn., to Colorado and began her music career.”I wasn’t very good,” she said. “I was still green at writing.”But as she worked as a publicist at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, she watched other musicians perform, learned from them and perfected chord progressions.She also learned about the business by being a publicist with Ariel Publicity and managing such events as the LoDo Music Festival and the Denver Blues and Bones Festival.In 2001, she integrated her work experiences and formed Mosaic, a female-fronted, funky, groove-rock band. After eight years in Colorado and two with Mosaic, she moved to the Bay Area.”I always wanted to move to California for some reason, and Mosaic was getting to the point where everybody wanted to do different things,” she said. “I wanted to explore a new market.”Her move influenced her music. It shifted her from a predominately rocking to a more soulful feel.”I’ve always been a heavy rhythmic player,” De Rosa said. “Now, I’m starting to listen to old school rhythm-and-blues and old school funk, and it’s influencing me. It’s been slowing me down a bit – in a good way. The songs are more soulful. I just give the music a little more space and let the vocals soar more.”She has opened for Merl Saunders, Melissa Gerrick and Patrice Pike and has shared the stage with regional favorites Wendy Woo, Nina Storey and Libby Kirkpatrick.And as her music evolves, she promises one thing:”It’s always going to be very movable (danceable) music and very inspiring music, and I hope to go even deeper into that,” she said. “It will be less radio-play sounding and more grooving. I like to stay true to myself. I love to move to music. I go to live shows every chance I get.”
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