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Rose Spearman


Singer from Rotterdam who is initially active in the house scene. In 2002 she records her solo album, which is produced by US producers King Britt, Larry Gold and James Poyser.
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Rose Stigter   zang
Sven Figee   achtergrondzang, producer, toetsinstrumenten
Roland Dirkse   achtergrondzang, gitaar, producer
Dedre Twiss   achtergrondzang
Nyjolene Grey   achtergrondzang
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Stef van Es   gitaar
Satindra Kalpoe   drums

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1997   Satindra Kalpoe
2000   DJ Roog
2002   Floris
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Biography Rose

Singer from Rotterdam who is initially active in the house scene. In 2002 she records her solo album, which is produced by US producers King Britt, Larry Gold and James Poyser.

1975 - 1999

Rose Stigter (1975) is born into a musical family and grows up in the city of Rotterdam. Her mother is an artist and her father is the American jazz saxophone player Glenn Spearman. When she is still very young her mother takes her to classical concerts. When Rose is four years old, her father returns to the States. From the age of six to the age of fifteen Rose takes violin lessons and it seems that she is destined to become a classical musician. But then she decides - much to her mother's grief - that she wants to become a singer and enters music school. In the late '80s she discovers house music. Rose's career takes off when she grabs a microphone in a New York club during a DJ set by Tony Humphries. From that moment on Rose starts performing with DJ's like David Moralis, Roger Sanchez, Kerri Chandler and - in the Netherlands - DJ Roog, with whom she also records several tracks.

DJ Roog


Although she earns a living as a club singer, Rose's dream is to record a solo album. Over the years she has written a great many songs and she is now on the lookout for a producer. When she is browsing through her record collection, she comes across an album called When The Funk Hits The Fan, produced by King Britt. She realises that this is how she wants her album to sound. When Britt performs in Paradiso, Amsterdam, Rose sings on one of his songs. Britt is so impressed that he calls her up several weeks later to tell her he wants to produce her album.


In February and March Rose is in Philadelphia to record six songs with King Britt. In the studio she meets producer/arranger Larry Gold who offers her to write some violin arrangements. Through him Rose gets in touch with James Poyser and Viktor Duplaix (producers for Lauren Hyll and Erykah Badu) with whom she also records several tracks for her solo debut.


Rose records the remainder of the songs for her debut album with partner and band member Sven Figee. The album also contains several songs by DJ Roog and a duet with Ivar. She leaves a good impression with playing at the Noorderslag Festival early January. Early in the year her album Trust is released (United), and gets raving reviews. Pop with warm soul and jazz influences that can be compared with the music of renowned colleagues like Anita Baker and Chaka Khan. Rose plays at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Amsterdam Uitmarkt and also shares the Lowlands stage with Floris, on whose single, Nothing To It, she can be heard. Rose's first single, the ballad Why Are You Nervous, fails to make much impact however. In November she receives an Essent Music Award, which means she can climb the Noorderslag stage in January 2003 for the second time in a row.



Rose has her own night in club Panama in Amsterdam where she gives a concert every month. Rose's debute album Trust is also released in Japan by P-VINE Records. The first single is Why Are You Nervous. P-VINE Records is part of Blues Interactions, Japan's largest publisher of books, magazines and music. The company has also signed Bonny 'Prince' Billy, Sun Ra, Solomon Burke and George Clinton.


On February 20 Rose flies to Kenia for a show at the Dutch embassy and auditions for local musicians, who will perform with Rose at the closing weekend of the Festival Mundial. In May the singer plays at a benefit for children from Nairobi staged at De Avenue in Breda. At the annual Uitmarkt In Amsterdam - the official opening of the new theatre and club season displaying snippets out of new shows - Rose plays at the main stage (August 28). In October she plays new material for her second CD at a try-out at Amsterdam's Panama club.


In April Rose and DJ Maestro perform at the Koninginnenach (festival) in The Hague. On June 25 Rose plays at The Hague's free Parkpop festival. In September she starts working on her second album.


Regularly Rose fronts Kraak & Smaak. At the Lowlands festival in August Rose performs several times: with De Kevers (The Beatles) she plays the song Gisteren ('Yesterday'), a translation of the Beatles original, she also sings her own material during a headphone concert and for three days she is part of the Essent Awards Band. Rose makes her UK debut on September 30 when she plays with Kraak & Smaak in Cargo, London.

Kraak & Smaak


Rose In March Rose travels with Kraak & Smaak to the US for a tour and a gig at the SXSW in Austin, Texas. Her second album Livin' It is released in May. At The Hague Jazz Festival (May) Rose sings with American soul legend Solomon Burke. On 3 October the singer performs during the Friends For War Child concert at the Ahoy' in Rotterdam. Three days later her Addictive Soul tour is kicked off in Amsterdam. At the Melkweg she sings a duet with American singer Sandra St Victor from The Family Stand. With an eight-piece band Rose performs in the cities Groningen, Utrecht, Delft and Purmerend. The line-up of Rose's band is: Sven Figee (keyboards, vocals), Roland Dirkse (guitar, vocals), Glenn Gaddum jr. (bass), André Kemp (drums), Dedre Twiss (vocals), Nyjolene Grey (vocals) and Sanguita Akrum (vocals).

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