LA based singer/songwriter/producer Rozzi treated her NYC fans to an intimate live show last week to celebrate the release of Berry (Deluxe) which combines the songs from her previous EPs, Berry and Hymn For Tomorrow, and sees her continuing her impressive string of collaborations with contributions from legendary producer/composer Nile Rodgers, as well as PJ Morton, and Scott Hoying. These come after previous work with Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar among others. Rozzi also recently shared the stage with Haim and Sheryl Crow, making for a busy 2022!
The album comes an additional four songs including a stirring rendition of the Alanis Morissette classic “Hand In My Pocket.” On her version of the song Rozzi shares “I feel like we need this song right now—I certainly need it. With the pervasive darkness of the times we’re living in, I’ve been craving a little 90’s optimism. I’ve wanted to feel like everything really will be “quite alright.” Beyond that, Alanis Morissette is a guiding light for me as an artist. Like her, I strive for extreme vulnerability and honesty in my lyrics. I’m doing my best to follow in her footsteps and I wanted to pay respects to that.”
For the live show, the audience was treated to a wonderful performance which saw her playing songs from the album with her full backing band, who she shares a close bond with, thanking them often, making the love in the room feel palpable. The band also included a last minute additional backup singer that was found the day before and impressively learned the set in a day after her previous backup singer couldn’t make it due to illness. Rozzi showed off her range and great control of her voice going from really soft and subtle one minute and then a full out soulful belting the next, delighting her devoted fans who she also very graciously thanked more than once. Her love for her band and her fans being obvious and genuine only added to the magic of the night.
Whatever Mike opened the show with a set that featured a blend of pop, R&B, dance, and socially conscious lyrics.
Check out our recent Q&A with Rozzi where she talks about her new music, her creative process and her career.
Scroll down for pics of the show (photos by Kevin McGann)