|Rozzi Crane and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine|
If you haven't heard the name Rozzi Crane just yet, don't worry, you will. The 21-year-old musical artist has a soulful fusion sound and can currently be heard on tour with Adam Levine and Maroon 5. Crane was the first artist signed to Levine's label, 222 Records, so the USC student's future is shining brightly.
SheKnows had the opportunity to sit down with Crane hours before she took the stage for the first time at the Staples Center, just a stone's throw from the USC campus where she's a student at the Thornton School of Music. How does a university student go from singing in small college bars to an arena with approximately 20,000 seats? The young musician gave us the inside scoop.
Crane revealed, "Jacques Brautbar, who is in Phantom Planet, was sitting in on one of my songwriting classes at USC. He liked my writing, so we started writing together."
It was that fateful meeting at school that eventually led to her work being heard by Maroon 5's manager, who passed along word of Crane's talents to The Voice judge. "Eventually, Adam heard a YouTube video or something. I'm pretty sure he did a little YouTube stalking and then wanted to make a label. It's definitely through those guys that all this happened," said Crane. Outside of Levine's guidance with her career, the YouTube audience continues to support the musician's work of covers of notable songs with that Rozzi twist. Her sound is quite mature for someone so young, but with personal influences like "Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse... Outkast, Tribe Called Quest," you can definitely see where her inspiration came from. Fans will also notice a bit of the Maroon 5 influence on her new EP, too.
She describes her fusion sound for her new EP. "One thing I'm so happy about [is that] the EP sounds like something new, which is exactly what I wanted. I brought all of my influences… soul, '90s hip hop, R&B stuff. And then, Adam has this distinct sound that everyone knows and loves and it's that combination that people will definitely hear."
We asked Rozzi about ever working with Adam Levine or the guys of Maroon 5. "I have written with him before... we were in the studio once but nothing really happened," she said. "It was more of a trial and error process. He said if I keep up the singing I could definetaly be on their next album and tour which is nice."