Rosi Golan | Singer and Songwriter
October 3, 2009
Dr. Kent: I’m excited to move on in this wonderful Sound Authors show. We’re featuring all these authors of sound. My next guest on the show is Rosi Golan. She’s an amazing singer and songwriter. Welcome to the show, Rosi.
Rosi Golan: Hi, how are you?
Dr. Kent: I’m great. You won this ASCAP Robert Allen award for songwriting excellence, you’ve performed at the Lincoln Center. All sorts of great things happening. Tell me about what’s going on for you.
Rosi Golan: I’ve released a record independently last year, and have been touring on it all year this year. I’ve had some really great luck with film and television placements. At the moment I’m in the middle of a house concert tour.
Dr. Kent: A house concert tour. Wonderful. Tell me about house concerts in general, because most of the musicians we feature are actually through Concerts in Your Home, and you remember them as well. Tell me about house concerts.
Rosi Golan: I did one in January when I came to Utah, which is where I am at the moment. I was in Utah for Sundance, and someone asked me to do a house concert; I’d never heard of them before. I was a little apprehensive at first. Then we agreed to do it, and we had such an awesome experience, that I decided later in the year to put a full tour going across the country together in houses. So that’s what I’ve been doing. I have a few club dates in between as well, because most house concerts happen between Thursdays and Sundays. It’s been a really great experience. I get to meet all sorts of interesting people. People actually put you up in their homes as well, and you just learn how nice people really are.
Dr. Kent: Are there screaming fans waiting outside the house every time you open the front door?
Rosi Golan: [Laughs] No, nothing like that. I do have fans in difference cities that have been allowed to come to the house concerts, which has been really great of the people who are hosting to allow people that they don’t know as well to come into the house and watch the show.
Dr. Kent: Very cool. I’d love to listen to a song. Let’s start out with ‘I Don’t Wanna Wait.’ Tell me about this song.
Rosi Golan: That’s actually a song I wrote not too long before I made my record. I always say this; it’s kind of how I try to live my life. I think that’s the best way to sum it up.
Dr. Kent: All right. Let’s listen: ‘I Don’t Wanna Wait’ by Rosi Golan. Here we go.
Dr. Kent: What a beautiful track from Rosi Golan; she has a voice of velvet. Where did you learn to sing? Do we have Rosi on the line? I think we’re having some technical difficulties. What a gorgeous song that was. I think I might play another track and then get her back on the line. What an incredible voice. So we’re going to listen to another track from her, then we’re going to talk to her right away. This song is called, ‘Think of Me.’ Listen to this, and then we’ll talk to Rosi right after this.
Dr. Kent: That’s another beautiful track from Rosi Golan. That one’s called ‘Think of Me,’ and before that we listened to ‘I Don’t Wanna Wait.’ Welcome back to the show, Rosi.
Rosi Golan: Thank you.
Dr. Kent: Beautiful songs. You have such an amazing voice. Where did you start learning how to sing?
Rosi Golan: I think, not really until I was 20, so pretty late on. When I was younger, I liked singing. I kind of sung a little bit, but I didn’t really try because I didn’t think I was really good at it. When I was around 20, I decided I was going to pick up a guitar and see if I could do it, and that was it. I’ve been doing it ever since.
Dr. Kent: You’ve got so much international travel in your past. Does that affect your music?
Rosi Golan: Yes, I think so. I think if you listen, lyrically – I didn’t actually ever really notice it until someone pointed it out to me – I happen to sing about leaving a lot [laughs]. I think it’s because I’ve moved around so much. That’s definitely kind of stayed in my blood. I called my record ‘The Drifter and the Gypsy,’ and that’s kind of how I’ve always been. I’ve always moved around a lot.
Dr. Kent: What amazing songs. Again, the album’s called ‘The Drifter and the Gypsy,’ Rosi Golan. It’s a beautiful record. Now where will you go next? Where are you right now, and where’s your next group of concerts.
Rosi Golan: I’m in Utah right now. I’ve got a house concert tonight. I’m playing a benefit tomorrow. Then I’m going to California. I’m going to be doing probably about eight shows in California, up and down the coast. I’m really looking forward to it. I grew up in Los Angeles, so it’ll be really nice for me to see some friends and family, especially after being on the road for a straight month; I’ll be somewhere a little bit more familiar. I’m just excited also to play my home town.
Dr. Kent: Well, it’s a beautiful record, and thank you so much for coming on the show. I hope we talk again.
Rosi Golan: Yes, thank you so much for having me; I really appreciate it.