Rosey makes music about transformation, exploration, and creativity reborn and resurrected. Her work is a shedding of the skin, each project reflecting the vibrant phases in the ever-evolving career of singer/songwriter/producer, Nancy Kaye Hill.
First gaining international attention through her musical alter ego “Rosey”, Hill released her debut, Dirty Child, on Island/Def Jam. The album earned immediate acclaim, with accolades appearing everywhere from Billboard magazine, to Rolling Stone. Rosey played The Tonight Show, was shot by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair and toured alongside acts such as Morcheeba and Melissa Etheridge.
Rosey also went on to co-write with the likes of Kelis and Raphael Saadiq and to license her music to numerous film and television soundtracks. As “Rosey” Hill was able to, “…transform and change my perspective. I literally began looking at life in a new un-jaded, enchanted, warm and colorful ‘rosey’ way. The new name helped me to lower my walls, let out my fears and find strength in their wake.”
Hill has gone on to record multiple albums and engage in countless musical side-projects, exploring everything from soulful jazz standards and electro trip hop jams, to penning lucrative commercial jingles.
With her Grammy award-winning musical partner, Carmen Rizzo, Rosey also formed the critically acclaimed world/dance act Lal Meri. Taking their name from an ancient Sufi folk song, the band hit the top of the Amazon and I-Tune charts and has yet another collaborative album currently in the works.
After a fertile period in Los Angeles, a new relationship sparked a move to Georgia, a renewed creative vision and eventually - a marriage. “In essence, I felt like I had gone back to school to learn a new way of life,” Hill says of her transition, “We built a 30 ft geodesic dome and practiced permaculture. With every new plot of land that I cultivated, the songs would flow. I felt connected to myself, and everything around me, like I never had before. My fear melted away.”
In Hill’s deeply felt connection to the earth, to gardening and the seasonal cycles, she found an unexpected metaphor for the creative process, a way of working more in tune with the flow of her own inspirations. With her husband, Hill eventually moved closer to the thriving Atlanta music scene and opened the prolific music studio, The Green House. Together, they record both their own work, as well as tracks by some of the finest musicians in the area.
Rosey also joined the group her husband had founded - the psychedelic country act, The Law Band. The Law Band has culled a massive cult following in the South, evolving into a full-time creative collaboration, with touring, recording and more, in the works (stay tuned!).
Meanwhile, Hill’s career as “Rosey” remains on track, her music continually licensed for film and television and her songs featured as theme songs for popular shows in the Middle East. Hill has even found herself recently doing press In Turkey, where she has an enormous following.
And back at home in Georgia, Hill has been busy developing her latest creative project, yet another musical experiment that clearly expresses where she is now, both as an artist…and as a woman. Her upcoming band, Joy Winners, is the result of deep inner exploration and communal experiment. “Joy Winners is about manifesting our visions,” Hill explains of the upcoming record, “Everyone is a ‘joy winner’, not just me. ”
Empowerment, spiritual connection, the overcoming of obstacles in the continual search for the greater self, these are just a few of the deeper themes which resonant in the music of Rosey.
As an artist, Hill is continually finding her own voice, in her own way. “I realize that part of my job as someone who channels their love and energy into music is to share this happiness with as many people as I can reach,” she says, “My hope is that it will transform everyone who hears it. I think if people can feel even 10% of the happiness I feel from making this music, then I know I'm doing my job here on earth.”