Posted 06/30/11

Haroula Rose: Los Angeles, California

Haroula Rose-Free To Be Me

When you listen to up and coming Los Angeles based indie folk singer-songwriter, Haroula Rose, it’s no wonder that her early influences were the legends of pure folk construction. In the great tradition of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Cat Stevens, this new artist begs you pay attention to her melodies and words. Rose picked up her first instrument, violin at age 8 in a town just outside of Chicago, and as a teenager also played the guitar and started writing original songs. After two years of working in Chicago’s advertising world, Rose was awarded a Fulbright grant, and moved to Madrid, Spain to live and work - thereby traveling around the globe and soaking up different cultural influences. In 2010, the title track from her first release, “Someday” was featured on the hit CBS TV comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” These Open Roads, critically released in 2011, is Rose’s haunting and heartfelt full-length debut which opens with the song “Brand New Start,” an “expansive story about loneliness and strength, and how people are shaped by their collective and solitary experiences,” and wanes with “Lavender Moon,” "a spooky walk on the moon’s surface.”

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The Concierge Questionnaire: Haroula Rose,  Singer and Songwriter

What is your favorite word to describe Los Angeles? Sunny.

What word best reflects the people of Los Angeles? Open.

What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Los Angeles? Topanga Canyon.

Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga Canyon is an artist enclave with a slue of notable residents. A hiker and equestrian lovers paradise, Topanga Canyon is surrounded by the Topanga State Park and conservancy lands, and, to the south, the Pacific Ocean and Malibu.

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Los Angeles? Taking a hike or walking by the beach.

”Located in the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park features 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.” Please visit Topanga State Park for trail information and more!

What is your favorite indoor activity in Los Angeles? Playing music.

What is your favorite sound or noise in Los Angeles? The ocean or the coyotes.

Due to the fact that coyotes are "highly intelligent, adaptable and possess excellent sensory abilities, it is believed that more than 5,000 coyotes roam Los Angeles, with thousands more living throughout the county.”

What is your favorite smell or taste in Los Angeles? The taco trucks!

Although in recent years, taco trucks have been overshadowed in Los Angeles by “gourmet” food trucks, this staple can still be found throughout the city - staying open late until they are completely sold out!

What drink best reflects Los Angeles? Smoothies of all kinds.

What song or type of music best reflects Los Angeles? I Don't Wanna Grow Up - Bone Machine"I Don't Wanna Grow Up," by Tom Waits.

If Heaven were Los Angeles, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? Welcome, now make yourself at home.

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