Meet Rosa Valente, a 19-year-old from Long Island, NY, but now living in New Hampshire.
“In high school, I loved the Lumineers and all that type of music. A lot of the original songs that I put on the playlist actually came from the Lumineers Pandora radio that I listened to, but after getting Spotify Premium, I started adding more and more.”
What is the best concert you have ever been to?
In my lifetime, I've been to two Daughtry concerts, The Fray, Glass Animals and the most recent one was Panic! at the Disco. If I had to be honest, probably either The Fray or Panic! at the Disco was my favorite. When I went to see The Fray, it was the first time I went to a concert for a band that I really enjoyed. It was a really chill atmosphere and Isaac Slade was so dorky, and it was just a lot of fun. I went to see Panic! with my best friend back in January, and it was such a good time. Not only is Brendon Urie a great musician, but he also knows how to put on a great show. Both of them are completely opposite ends of the spectrum, but I have a hard time picking between them.
Do you play any instruments? If no, which instrument do you wish you could play?
I've been playing guitar since I was ten, and I've been singing since I can remember. That's part of the reason why I love the Lumineers and a lot of the other artists on this playlist. I've always loved the sound of the guitar and that cozy sound of someone just singing with a few chords in the background. It's always been enjoyable to me.
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
As a kid, I listened to a bunch of different types of music. I grew up in what we liked to call, "a musically inclined family." All of my brothers had different tastes and then my parents obviously had their own favorite artists as well, and all of them sort of rubbed off on me. The Lumineers playlist is really just one dimension of the type of music I like. If you look at the rest of my playlists on Spotify, there are a bunch of different genres represented, from classic rock to 90s grunge, to alternative, to rap; I really just love them all. They all fit different moods and settings, and I just love the way the right song can enhance any experience that you have.
If you were a singer, what current living artist would you like to collaborate with?
This is definitely a hard question, and one that I've thought about a lot since I am a singer, but I can narrow it down to three people. The first person I think of is Sara Bareilles. That woman has such a powerful voice and she makes great music that was definitely part of my more formative years, so it would be awesome to work with her. Ed Sheeran is another one. I've loved him since I first heard "Lego House" on Good Morning America. He's such a talented guitarist and musician in general, and I really identify with the sound that he puts out. Then, there's Brendon Urie. Again, such a powerful singer and I would just love to get to know him and learn from him. He seems like a great person that I would absolutely love to meet.
What is your favorite quote?
"Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." It was said by Thoreau, and it's been my favorite since I was in sixth grade. It basically says to just take life as it comes and you'll get to where you need to be eventually, and that's how I've been living my life so far. It seems to be working out pretty well.