Take My Hand: An Interview with Nova Rose

Every night before bed, Montreal native Nova Rose would listen to her father play guitar while she sang along. Their routine quickly developed into her interest in playing violin, guitar and piano. Those interests became her passion, and her passion became her career.

“I think I fell in love with music through activities like these,” she said. “I was always a very artsy and creative kid but just having someone in my family be so supportive and musically inclined definitely played a huge role in wanting to pursue music.”

Her father told her that success doesn’t happen overnight, so she made sure to work as hard as she could, anywhere she could. She balanced music with attending university, and by the time she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Cultural Studies, she was writing songs with artists from around the world, performing at different venues throughout Canada and reached a number one spot on Quebec radio stations.

“It was definitely tough,” she said. “There were many moments where I wanted to just drop everything. However, I have great friends and a great at-home support system, so I thank them for helping me balance everything.”

Her latest singles, “G.L.I.T.R.” and “Somebody Else”, have two vastly different interpretations but embrace the modern pop sounds she loves. “Somebody Else” celebrates the courage to be the most authentic version of yourself while “G.L.I.T.R.” celebrates the nostalgia of previous relationships.

[“G.L.I.T.R.”] was a fun one to write,” she said. “It’s about reminiscing those summer flings and moments and just feeling free... I hope listeners can just have fun listening to it and try to live in the moment of the song, not overthink anything.”

“‘Somebody Else’ is a song I wrote at a time when I didn't feel like I fit into the industry, look wise,” she continued. “I had this skewed idea of what Hollywood was and I think that's because I surrounded myself with people who made me feel like I had to be something that I wasn't. Now, I carefully choose who to surround myself with. Those I choose to work with are not only extremely talented, but are down to earth and in tune with themselves.”

With this better grasp on who she wants to be and who she wants to surround herself with, Nova Rose now wants to focus on improving her songwriting and vocal skills as she gears up to release more music. Her passion is as present as ever, and it is all thanks to those nightly sing alongs.