One of the most longstanding and popular styles of music in Syracuse and the surrounding area is country music. Be it in the small towns of Onondaga County or in the city itself, country is alive and well in the region as it always has been. So speaking with some country music artists only makes sense, especially for the Women in Music series.
I had a chance contact with a representative for Loni Rose and learned about a new duo she is in called King’s Bullet. As I researched Loni and the new EP project, I was reminded about just how talented the artists and writers in country music truly are. She has an incredible voice and has been onstage with some of the giants in the industry. Her partner, Trey Bruce, is an amazing Emmy winning song writer and comes from a hit writing family and he has kept that alive in his songs made just for this new project.
If you love country music or just appreciate talented artists, you need to check out their new project and buy it on iTunes!
Take a moment and get to know the wonderful Loni Rose.
Interview with Loni Rose
Thank you Loni for taking the time to do this, I have to start with the name, how did you come up with King’s Bullet?
Loni – King’ Bullet came from a song of the same name on the EP that Trey wrote. Before we even knew we were going to be a duo, he hired me to sing on the song and it just came out so great. We were getting a lot of positive feedback on it; people saying we should do more songs. So at the end of the day, it really just cam out of nowhere, neither of us planned on being a duo. I had been solo for a long time and he had never been an artist, he’s a hit writer and producer in town. So when it came time to put a name on the project we called it King’s Bullet. It’s kind of a pet name, but there was no other name that seemed as strong, so that’s what we call ourselves!
I read on your website that you play multiple instruments and both of your parents play guitar, pretty cool upbringing.
Loni – It was really cool. I heard the sound of guitar in my home from as early as I can remember. My parents would sit around and do this kind of Hoot and Nanny-thing; we would all sing (laughs). I started playing piano first. I would come home from school and play for hours. That’s when I first started writing. Then I played violin and saxophone which I play neither of anymore. When I was 16 my parents bought me a guitar and that’s when I started. At a certain point I focused on piano and guitar.
The list of Television and Movies that you have had songs placed in is huge, how did you get into that end of the business?
Loni – Around 10 years ago, the management company that I was with, they took me under their wing. One of the interns got a bug that he wanted to get all of the artists’ music into TV and film. He started making lots of phone calls to music supervisors. It was right before it became popular. Now it’s so competitive to get your music out there and it’s such a huge way to brand your music and yourself, so everyone is trying to get those spots now. We kind of slipped through the door right before it got so competitive. A lot of my music just rang true with a lot of those music supervisors and they just kept using our music over and over. They kept coming back to the well and that’s kind of how it happened.
It’s funny because you know, you think you’re on one path; you’re so focused on one thing and then this other path opens that you hadn’t even thought about. I never thought about that, but then it was clicking and working. I’ve had a really good run with TV and film music exposure.
The songs are amazing both musically and vocally, the dual vocals on ‘One Brick Shy’ has to be one of the better duets that I have heard in some time, ‘Been There’ and ‘Bones of Tequila Roses’ stood out as well; you two compliment each other perfectly. Why such a simple video for ‘One Brick Shy’?
Loni – Thank you! The video up now is just something we whipped together one day, but we are going to make a more in-depth version for that.
You have shared the stage with a number of great bands, what are some of your favorites and are you touring in support of the EP?
Loni – Favorites would be; let’s see, moments would be getting up onstage for the finale at one of the Lilith Fairs that I performed in. Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan, and Emmylou Harris was even there! It was so incredible to be on a stage with all of these incredible women that I had looked up to and had kind of been mentors for me as I went along the way. To look to my left and right and to be surrounded by them, looking out at 20-30 thousand people was so awesome!
I opened for Shawn Colvin and as we all know is such an amazing performer. So incredible and has won so many awards and accolades. Being able to open for her, getting that first ticket from Ticketmaster that said I was opening for her, that was pretty cool!
As far as King’s Bullet is concerned, we are very open to touring. We have already had some discussions about doing some Americana-type touring in Australia possibly. So, we are taking it one day at a time. Normally as you pursue a career you plan everything out. You’re out there like Dave Mathews for example; selling your records and building a fan base. This duo happened so organically that we are kind of going backwards. It’s like we made a record and now we are trying to find our fans! (laughing) So it’s really cool to watch this unfold. We made this record from the bottom of our heart, threw caution to the wind, and didn’t try to fit any format or target audience. We just didn’t care and for me, it was refreshing to just kind of come from that place.
As I listened to you guys and did some research; I was really amazed at how talented he really is and that I had never heard of him.
Loni – Trey is an absolutely brilliant writer. He wrote two of the songs by himself on the EP; King’s Bullet and Been There. He comes from writing royalty. His father, Ed Bruce, wrote ‘Momma’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys’. He is such an articulate and talented writer and I can’t imagine how great it was growing up in that kind of writing environment. I am so blessed to be working with him. We are kind of kismet soul mates or whatever and it’s been really cool!
Who are your influences and what other female vocalists do you enjoy watching perform and listening to?
Loni – I adore Emmylou Harris, she is way up at the top. I love watching her do her own thing but also how she supports other artists that I totally respect. She’s the quintessential songwriter and she just keeps getting better every year! I love her! I love Sheryl Crow and her whole evolution. I also love a lot of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, that’s the music I play when I’m cooking dinner or just relaxing on a Sunday afternoon cocktail hour. I love Jazz!
What advice would you offer to a young woman just getting started in the music world?
Loni – I would say the number one thing that she could do for herself, is too look in the mirror, and really claim her own individuality. Try to figure out what sets her apart on this planet of incredible female artists. To make it a goal to not try, its okay to emulate, we don’t need another Sheryl Crow or another Emmylou Harris. The world is always waiting for the next thing that’s special and unique; and that is what turns heads and captures hearts. I think that’s a lesson learned that took awhile in my own journey. When you’re doing something from a 100% authentic place, you are going to turn out 100% authentic music, and that I think is what moves the world.
Excellent advice! Actually, I think that is the best answer to that question that I have heard yet!
Again, thanks so much for taking the time to do this, what would you like to say to the readers and fans?
Loni – I just want to say I am honored to do this interview and get a chance to speak with you, David. I am honored to be a female artist and songwriter. Please check out my new record King’s Bullet! I am so proud of this record that I feel like this is the beginning of my life’s work.