Special to The Morning Star
Shaughnessy Rose is a 14-year-old singer, guitarist and drummer from Vernon. She regularly performs at the Vernon Farmers’ Market and is a busker downtown during the summer.
She was also the winner of Shuswap Idol 2014 in the 18 and under category.
Q: When did you realize that you loved music?
SR: “I have always loved music. I think I started getting really serious and passionate about it when I started learning my guitar two summers ago, when I began busking for the DVA (Downtown Vernon Association).”
Q: Any exciting plans for this year?
SR: “There are so many things I’m excited for this year. I’m hoping to get some of my original material out there, and to do as many live performances as I can. I’ve also been hired to do a gig in Las Vegas in the spring.”
Q: In addition to singing, I know that you also drum. How long have you been doing that?
SR: “I started taking lessons at the age of seven with my drum idol and teacher, Aaron Anderson (AA Drums). I’m busy preparing a video for an international, girls-only drumming competition called Hit Like a Girl. It runs March 1 to April 9 and is voting based, and I cannot wait to enter. Friends and supporters can vote following the link on my Facebook page.”
Q: If you could record a duet with any other musician in the world, who would it be and why?
SR: “There are so many… I think recording with someone like Etta James, Freddie Mercury or Steven Tyler would be such an honour, as they have been big influences in my music. I also think doing something with someone like Eminem, whose style is so different than mine, would be a lot of fun.”
Q: Do you have any other hobbies apart from music?
SR: “I do! I’m a speed skater and baseball player, and I also enjoy photography and editing. But music takes up most of my time, apart from school.”
Q: How did you react when you found out that you won the Shuswap Idol competition?
SR: “I was incredibly honoured and so thrilled, as the competition was tough over the three-day event. I met a lot of wonderful and supportive people, and I’m so glad to have been a part of it.”
Q: What specific performance has been the most memorable for you so far?
SR: “The toughest one was at the Christmas assembly at my high school (VSS) in front of all my peers. It is certainly one I’ll never forget. There was also a gig where I was flown up in a helicopter to entertain four lovely people enjoying a gourmet dinner on top of a mountain overlooking Vernon.”
Q: Do you have a mentor or another musician that you look up to?
SR: “I’ve been so lucky to meet and work with a great many people, in particular my drum mentor Aaron Anderson, my guitar (teacher) extraordinaire James Taylor, and my wonderful vocal coach Betty Anne Northup. I am also so grateful to my uncle Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company fame) for his ongoing support, encouragement and silly jam sessions.”
Q: If you could only sing one song for the rest of your life what song would it be?
SR: “There’s one song by The Animals called House of the Rising Sun that I perform at most events that I play, and even won a few competitions with it. It’s a song I never get tired of and have made my own.”
– Getting to Know is a special feature conducted by Kalamalka Secondary School grad and music lover Aniko Forgo.