Voice carves path from Potomac to Nashville -- Gazette.Net


Maggie Rose hopes more goes platinum than her blonde hair.

The 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Potomac released “Better” from her debut album “Cut to Impress,” which will be available March 26. On Friday and Saturday, she performs at the newly renovated Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club.

“This is an amazing homecoming,” Rose said. “To have the support of the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia area propels me forward. It’s never faltered, their support. It’s only grown.”

In 2007, when Rose was 19 and a student at Clemson University, she got a phone call from music mogul Tommy Mottola to meet in his New York office and sing.

Family friend Tom Natelli, CEO of Natelli Builders, called several times to get her demo CD into Mottola’s hands.

Mottola led them to producers who advised that she would have to commit if she wanted to have a chance.

“She was raw material that had to be developed into a competitive act,” Natelli said. “She had to develop her stage presence and writing skills.”

Natelli has known Rose all her life — she was born Margaret Rose Durante — and was instrumental in launching her music career.

“I knew she had an amazing voice, so it was this connection, the shared love of music and family,” he said.

In the beginning of 2012 Rose hit the reset button. She changed her image. Margaret Durante became Maggie Rose.

Producer Blake Chancey said in a phone interview that Rose has a great timbre in her voice and wide range.

“Like Adele, Maggie looks like she’s not having to work at it,” Chancey said. She can appeal to people who aren’t country music fans.

“The way Mary Chapin Carpenter came out and got everybody and kinda broke a bunch of boundaries, that is what Maggie is like. I guess that would be bipartisan music,” he said.

Her band comprises three men and three women.

“This is a male-dominated business. ... I like to have my feminist, girl-power strength on stage and the camaraderie like home to bring my vision to life and have the best band collaborate with me,” Rose said.

She said being a singer is not as glamorous as people think.

“My band travels on a little submarine of a tour bus. Seven members live in small quarters with people that spend a lot of time together. But, that’s the art of what we do, to make it look glamorous,” she said.

March 29 will mark her fifth performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, she’s working on her second album, and a tour could start soon.

“My goal is to be on as many stages as possible. I love the connection I feel with my audience,” she said. “You stand on stage in front of people you’ve never met before and feel like we’ve connected.”

For more information, visit www.maggierosemusic.com.