Known to vintage fans all over the Midlands, Rose Devine is not only releasing her first full length album this year, but has also gathered together a group of local likeminded musicians to form The Valentinos, ready to hit the live music scene with their mix of vintage standards and retro twists on modern day classics.
For the past few years, Rose has been working as a teaching assistant but has always known her heart lies in singing and live music. Musical theatre, session singing and her most recent vintage chanteuse incarnation has enabled her to quit the day job and rekindle her passion for the vintage tunes she loved as a child.
“I have wanted to make an album for a very long time. I would always be asked at gigs where people could buy my music so this is my way of giving back to all those people who book me or come to see all of my live shows,” said Rose.
“I am often complimented on the selection of songs I perform at my live shows, so the CD tries to reflect this. Classics from Doris Day and Nina Simone are mixed up with Postmodern Jukebox’s cover versions & songs by Caro Emerald.”
“The CD has a really strong vintage jazz vibe and I think it’s the perfect album to listen to whilst getting all nostalgic over a glass of red wine in front of the fire on a cold Winter’s evening!”
The album launch will be held at The Book Café in Derby Town Centre tonight from 7.30pm and fans will not only have the opportunity to purchase their own copy of her album but it will also be the debut performance of her brand new jazz band The Valentinos.
The band comprises of local vintage barber Shaun Hoolan on guitar, Adam Amer on double bass, Joanna Edward on keyboards, Tom Corke on the drums and saxophonists Alison Fowler and Paul Smith.
The band themselves have a fairly eclectic musical background drawing influences from T Bone Walker, Madness and jazz drummers such as Mark Guiliana. Separately, the band members have been gigging and playing in bands since their teens and have played festivals all over the world whilst juggling jobs and studying before coming together to form The Valentinos. Rehearsals have been going really well and the band are hoping to rework some famous tunes into their own style.
“When we had our first rehearsal I had to try really hard to keep my cool. I was in a room with all of these amazing musicians and all I wanted to do was squeal! I knew from the first song we played that we were on to something fantastic,” added Rose.