| Getting To Know | Rose Devine |
We LOVE having Alison AKA Rose Devine as a member of our Cream of the Crop Wedding Directory and we can’t wait to properly introduce you to this ultra-glam wedding and event singer. Boasting serious style and an endless repertoire, you can count on Rose Devine sing your favourites tunes. From modern songs with a unique, retro style to the old classics, Rose is guaranteed to keep your guests happy and get everyone on the dance-floor. Let’s find out a little more..
Please tell us a bit about yourself and how you became Rose Devine?
I grew up loving old fashioned jazz and blues. I probably sung more than I talked as a child, the music always seemed so heartfelt and timeless to me. I later went in to musical theatre, session singing and bands. I put my singing career to the side when I had my daughter and to be honest I almost forgot about it all together. My passion was reignited on a trip to the West End for my girl’s 6th birthday. We watched a great vintage singer in Covent Garden, she had the audience in the palm of her hand, myself included. I was so inspired and got straight on it, I was even writing notes on the train home. Rose Devine was created and I haven’t looked back once.
How long have you been singing at events and weddings?
I started working as a soloist in 2014 so this is my fifth year. I mostly sing at weddings but I have been lucky enough to sing at some incredible events including Carfest North, The Peaky Blinders festival, Proms in the Park and The National Vintage Awards. It is great to experience such different events and see that certain songs connect with everyone regardless of age and background.
What sort of music style do you offer?
I sing modern songs in retro styles, jazz and vintage classics. Some of my favourite artists to cover are Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Postmodern Jukebox, Caro Emerald, Doris Day and Nat King Cole. There are so many I could go on and on. I love singing songs that people know but in a different style. It is so funny to watch people joining in with lyrics and the perplexed look on their face of ‘how the hell do I know this song?’ followed by the moment the chorus comes in and the penny drops. It is not as easy as you may think to recognise a jazz version of ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, blues version of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ or Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’ sung as a Charleston.
Who would be your dream client?
In all honesty I have to say anyone who loves the music. Enthusiasm is infectious and it is great to be in the company of people who share your passions. It is also great fun to work with a theme/style as I have quite an extensive wardrobe covering fashion from the 20s-60s. I love an excuse to get dressed up.
How do you get guests on the dance-floor?
Loving the music as I do, I find it hard to keep still. I have to dance, I can’t help it, and people always join in. Children often lead the way when it comes to letting inhibitions go. They too can not resist a good beat and if the kids are up the adults follow. I have also started offering DJ sets so if I am singing the first dance, I can have a set of stomping retro classics lined up to get the party going.
What is your most popular song choice?
Etta James – At Last. It is the perfect song for the first dance or to walk down the aisle to. The melody and delivery is full of passion, and the lyrics express such joy. There is a real sense that together, the couple have found their own missing piece in each other, it has taken what feels like forever, but now they have it “….life is like a song” and everything in the world is as it should be. It appeals to couples of all generations because it hints that in the past there have been times of struggle and loneliness. This song signifies that not only can the door be closed on those times, but together the couple are leaping through the next door with complete trust in each other and the future.
What do you love the most about being a part of the wedding industry?
It is an absolute blessing to be part of such a special, personal celebration. I will never tire of seeing the uniqueness of every wedding I am part of. From the venue, to the flowers, the speeches (oh the speeches often make me well up), the guests, seeing the bride walk down the aisle, the reactions, it is all such a pleasure. To have created a business in the business of love is surely as good as it gets.
What is your top tip for couples planning their wedding day?
Music says so much about your journey together as a couple. It can be the perfect way to express your feelings without having to find the words yourself. So pick what YOU want and don’t be afraid to ask for something different, it is the special choices to you that people will remember.
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