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Born in Madrid, Spain in 1989, Lara Rosales was anything but ordinary. Growing up she always felt that music played a major part in her life, singing with her mother since she was a child.
Self-taught at the guitar, Lara began playing at the age of 18. However her abilities as a singer and her passion for performing were realized many years earlier. Sorting through her mother’s collection at six years old, Lara began singing in English, rather than Spanish, along with the big female voices of the time.
The first album she ever bought herself, Celine Dions’, "Let's talk about love", served as the catalyst to Lara’s love for singing and for the English language. Due to this album Lara’s interest in learning English heightened, in order to understand the lyrics. As she matured, Lara’s curiosity in learning English also continued to blossom; so too did her love for English-based music. This, together with the musical influences of her environment (Barbara Streisand, Carole King, Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel…), drove her to develop her voice and her inner understanding of music.
The musical taste of Lara has evolved throughout the years. Some of her greatest musical influences nowadays include: Eva Cassidy, Aretha Franklin, Tracy Chapman, Norah Jones, Jewel, Amos Lee, Sarah McLachlan and Sade, among many others. They have helped pinpoint different times and emotions within her life and more importantly, shaped and improved her creatively as a singer songwriter, appreciating the different styles of lyrics, music and voices.
However, Lara did not start writing her own songs until a very defining moment in her life came and pushed her into it; the illness and death of her grandmother. Lara used to write tales and short stories, but never before had combined that skill with the guitar in order to form a song. “Finally Gone” is dedicated to her grandmother’s death and talks about Alzheimer’s disease. As it happens, it was to become the very first song she wrote.
Time has passed and the girl who wrote “Finally Gone” has grown up, and so too have her songs. This evolution is evident in I’m Here. Lara’s soprano voice coupled with her unique tone ensures to take listeners on a beautiful discovery that will trap and “melt” them.