If you haven't heard of Ariana & the Rose yet, Ariana DiLorenzo plans to change that in the coming year.
The New York-based singer and songwriter has a five-song EP, "Head Vs. Heart," coming out in February and a full-length album due in the summer. She's making some waves, now, too, with the online video for her single "Heartbeat" as well as a tie-in with Drybar hair salons, which included her music on its new Drybar Mix Tape.
"Things feel really good," says DiLorenzo, 24. "I wrote this EP and spent a nice chunk of time really honing in on what I wanted to do as an artist and the kind of music I wanted to be making. So the momentum feels like a really great payoff. A lot of people are like, 'Omigod, it's happening very quickly!' but in my mind there was so much preparation to hit the ground running I feel like it hasn't been THAT quick, you know?"
DiLorenzo was studying drama and journalism at New York University but didn't think of it as a career until she was tapped by EDM artists to compose and sing melodic hooks for their tracks. "After a couple of those I thought, 'Wow, I can do this.' If I can write music for some people, maybe I can write music for myself," she recalls. And that realization was nothing short of surprising for DiLorenzo.
"(Music) wasn't anything I had thought of," she says. "Acting and doing theater was what I wanted to do since I was a young girl, so to segue into music was at least natural. What I loved most about acting and live theater was always getting up on stage and performing, so music was just an extension of that.
"It really was a natural progression. It wasn't like I thought acting wasn't working or anything like that. It was more like, 'I love this. It could be something to try,' and now it's all I really want to do."
Heffron Drive and Ariana & the Rose perform Sunday, Dec. 8, in the Pike Room at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show with a $100 VIP level. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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