If you’re reading this then you are most likely looking for more information about me. This first bit is a casual BIO. Then further below will be a professional BIO.
Hi, yes I’m Ebony Rose, yes that is my real name; my last name, yes that’s Rose. Yeah I know it’s cool name, yes I know I’m not Ebony in colour, if I act surprised and shocked would that be weird? I’ve had this conversation about a thousand times before you asked me just now. But I’m gonna pretend you’re the first person to ever bring this up. Yes I know what comes up on the first page google… Yes my parents named me, who else would have? Do I like my name? Umm….SHUT! UP!
This is how meet and greets usually begin. Although thats not how they typically end.. I don’t usually tell people to shut up outside of my own head. If I do, you know I havent had enough coffee that day. Which brings me to another topic…. Coffee.
I never used to drink coffee until I started in this industry properly. Singing at nightclubs, on cruises, in resorts… you talk to a lot of drunk happy people and you get a lot of hecklers and let me tell you right now that avoiding a mental breakdown IS NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT COFFEE! Another topic… mental breakdown…..
I have come close… and let me elaborate on a few incidents which you may find highly funny… but I was at my wits end. I’m going to number them so that its organised (I’ve OCD).
1. Somebody set fire to my piano. Yes you heard right! They were doing the typical dirty dancing lift with a flaming zambucca and dropped it. Nice right? Lesson #1, make sure you and your company have the appropriate insurance. Worst bit about this story is I had to keep on performing. Urghhhh!!!! Give me a break. I’m pretty sure if the whole venue was on fire I would still have to sing. But smart ass me chose the next songs wisely. I sang “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash, “I’m on fire” by Bruce Springsteen, and “I set fire to the rain” by Adele, which I appropriately changed to ”I set fire to the piano”. It was the worst night ever. Correction… number 2 was the worst night ever.
2. Number two. I was casually playing piano on board a ship which held an audience of predominantly over 80 year olds on this particular evening. Everyone was sitting and listening to me play an old Frank Sinatra tune which had been requested by someone. As it was an older song, I had my iPad out for the lyrics so I didn’t mess it up and next minute, I got an airdrop notification. I ignored it as I was playing, but it kept coming, and you’ll be surprised as all hell. Some old man in the audience was attempting to airdrop me nude pictures of himself. Security was great, and I kept on singing. But there are just some things you cannot unseen. Lesson #2, always make sure your airdrop is turned off no matter what.
3. Number three. now this one happens frequently and it really annoys the hell out of me. Halfway through a song ( and this has happened many many times ) , half way through a song, a piano string will snap and fly out into the audience. There really needs to be a disclaimer that items may be fired without warning into the audience. I really wish it had hit the heckler that evening, but it landed safely on the dance floor and everyone was uninjured. So that one happens a lot and boy is it frustrating because then I can’t play certain keys.
Anyway…. I guess as usually I am rambling. What I kind of wanted to tell you was that its not an easy job. I’ve sung to dementia patients who keep asking me every five seconds what am I doing, I’ve sung to children who want me to sing “Frozen” on repeat for an entire evening, I’ve sung to adults who want me to … no I’m kidding they don’t want frozen… they do however request piano man ten times a night which is frustrating, not only because I have to play it ten times, but because its a good 6 or 7 minutes long. Same with bohemian rhapsody and american pie. Like give it a break!!!! I try to theme my sets each evening, and sometimes the theme is “Over requested songs”… and that is the only time I enjoy playing those songs.
Anyway… my job is the best job in the world, but man it is full of trying times. So I trained hard at dance and music and everything else… but the thing that has been hardest for me to learn is dealing with people. I tell people if they don’t like my show to go to bed or go home, just stop heckling and get lost. It shuts them up pretty quick when they realise I don’t care if they stay or not. Most musicians get really upset if they have guests leave. I love it because it makes room for those who want to be there. Most nights this month (december 2017) it has been standing room only, so its great if people leave because its like musical chairs and you see everybody make a beeline for that one couch and try to fit ten people on it. Its great.
Anyway…. for the last paragraph, I just wanted to say… if you’ve been to a show thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thanks for sitting through my rubbish rambling and I hope you like the new creative project I am distributing online in 2018. Its an album accompanied by artwork and videos, and its made with a whole lot of love. I’ve enjoyed chatting with all of you after every show. I hope I can continue to provide you with enjoyable art for eternity.
Ebony Rose is an Australian Performer/Songwriter of soft pop rock music.
Over 5000 gigs and no longer counting. Personal favourites: Townsville Smiles Stadium Cowboys vs Roosters NRL, Robina CBus Stadium for all Titans NRL games of 2015.
Music has forever been the basis of Ebony’s being. Ballet recitals at 2, Piano exams not long after. By high school, Ebony was touring the world as a musician in bands and show choirs. When she was home she was tirelessly gigging at every pub and club she could.
In 2009 Ebony was signed to do a single with local record label. Gigging throughout high school multiple nights a week, Ebony was putting in the hard yards to grow and develop as a young musician. During these early years Ebony featured in the dance cast for Vogue Runway Fashion Show and as a piano player for Nickelodeon Network Ten on the TV show Lightning Point.
Renowned for quality performances, Ebony had the opportunity to showcase in front of Three Australian Prime Ministers, The Governor General (Dame Quentin Alice Louise Bryce AD, CVO), Over 7 Mayors and 3 Chamber of Commerce’s. Former Accompanist and Second Soprano of Australia’s distinguished Cantabile Choir, Ebony helped smash the World Choir Olympics winning multiple Gold and Silver Medals for Australia, also participating in the television show Battle of the choirs – hosted by television presenter Kochi.
Ebony took some time to go to university for Audio Engineering and then ventured to singing on cruise ships in 2014. In 2016 she then ventured over to Ibiza Spain performing 6 nights a week and in 2017, ventured to Turkey for a year performing 6 nights a week and also releasing her debut album. She has now performed in over 40 countries.
Whilst distinguishing herself as an independent musician, Ebony performed at numerous events that have featured some of Australia’s best and most prominent individuals in the entertainment industry. Amongst the list have been, The Collective, The Veronicas, Troy Cassar Daley, Nathaniel, Jen Hawkins, David Campbell, Phil Emmanuel, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Stan Walker, Beau Ryan, David Bridie, Prinnie Stevens, Casey Barnes, Contestants on the Block and James Reyne, Australian Crawl.
Ebony has performed for the past 5 years on international cruise ships, travelled to over 40 countries, and has worked as a resident pianist in multiple 5 star European resorts. Most recently Ebony left her contracts to pursue songwriting in America, having won songwriting awards in both Australia and America. Ebony now splits her time between Australia and America.