SXSW 2012 Artist Spotlight: Haroula Rose

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The sweet-voiced Haroula Rose is an LA based singer who meshes together a dreamy mix of folk, indie, and at times, a little tinge of country. The sparse palette her music resides on makes her a great candidate for some amazing remixes as well, such as the Luke Top remix we posted a few months back for “Close My Eyes To See.” Gorgeous. The original track is off of Haroula’s first album, These Open Roads, which released in 2011. At the moment, she is working on her April slated EP, So Easy, as well as her sophomore album.

We caught up with Haroula during this year’s SXSW Music Festival and gathered some fun tidbits to help folks get a little more acquainted with the talented lady.

Haroula’s biographies often note her first instrument, the violin, being given to her at age eight. What might not be as widely known is that the Chicago suburb native was drawn to music and performance a bit earlier. She notes,

“I was making mix tapes since I was like 7 years old and running around the house performing. I guess I do it because it has always been something that makes me feel alive and connected. I have tried doing all kinds of different jobs, but nothing came close to feeling right. I love making films too, especially when music is directly involved.”

Read more after the jump

New Track: Haroula Rose – “Close My Eyes To See” (Luke Top Remix)


A Fullbright scholar, violin player since age eight, and seasoned commercial jingle singer, Haroula Rose has quite a rich history leading up to her debut album. These Open Roads is the singer-songwriter’s first work and beautifully showcases Haroula’s refreshingly down to earth sound and calming voice.

Below, take a listen to the Luke Top remix for “Close My Eyes To See” – takes us back to some of our favorite starry-eyed downtempo tunes with a folky and somewhat cinematic twist.


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