Chloe Rose is a promising new popstar, who’s about to take the charts by storm with her debut single ‘For Me’. Not only is the song a slice of infectious pop, but all proceeds from the track will go to The Wayne Rooney Foundation, in aid of ChildLine and NSPCC.
We caught up with the singer to talk about her debut single and her involvement with ChildLine, performing in front of 60,000 people, and what it’s like to work with Britain’s most successful songwriter.
How did you first get into singing?
I have been singing since I was about 6 I think, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do! It’s what I feel I was born to do. I like to play the piano and write music – I can sit for hours writing lyrics. The first song I remember singing is probably ‘Castle on a Cloud’ from Les Miserables, because I played the young Cosette in a performance of the musical in my home town Warrington, Cheshire. I love musicals!
Your debut single ‘For Me’ was recently unveiled. Can you tell us about the song itself?
My debut single ‘For Me’ is released to celebrate 30 years of the ChildLine service in the UK and all the money raised from the single is in aid of the Wayne Rooney Foundation, supporting ChildLine and NSPCC.
The song is about realising that there is always someone out there to help you, someone you can always depend on and it really has several meanings because it can be taken to mean a person like a family member a loved one or a partner. The lyrics also celebrate and fit the ChildLine service and their brand-new app called ‘For Me’ which will provide the best possible support for young people in need of help. I love the power of the message; Love without limit!
How did the partnership between yourself and ChildLine/The Wayne Rooney Foundation come about?
When I was 14 I was asked to sing (and act) in a video for the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it was called ‘Make A Noise About Bullying’. It was an awesome experience as the video got played on the One Direction tour last year to 200,000 people and we got invited to the shows, so I was able to watch it play on the huge screen at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff! Then last year ChildLine got in contact with me and asked me to sing a song to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the service. When they realised I was recording songs with Mike Stock it all came together very quickly! Mike had written one of the original ChildLine songs in the 80s so we’ve kind of completed the circle now!
The Wayne Rooney Foundation provides so much support to several charities and one them is NSPCC and ChildLine. Wayne Rooney is the NSPCC’s ambassador for childhood and I was invited to be part of his Testimonial at Old Trafford in August where I performed ‘For Me’ for the very first time! All the money raised went straight to the Wayne Rooney Foundation and NSPCC.
As a young person yourself, is it important for you to actively represent charities that are aimed towards the younger generation?
Yes, definitely. I’m so grateful to know what it’s like to be directly involved in the amazing work they do for young people like me. It’s an absolute honour to be able to try and spread the awareness of charities like ChildLine because they have always been there for me and my friends and they have moved on so much from what it used to be. Now everyone has a smartphone and the new app ‘For Me’ will be so easy to use if you ever need help of support. It’s no longer a last resort, it’s a constant support network for anyone that may be going through a range of emotions or difficulties.
The ‘For Me’ music video was recently released. It seems like a lot of fun, how was the experience for you?
I had the best time filming the music video. It was like a party atmosphere all day thanks to my director Lee Cheney. We get on so well and he’s so passionate and really gets it. He loves the music so it’s definitely not hard to work in that kind of an atmosphere. Everyone just pulls together to do a great job doing what they love!
The song was written by the legendary Mike Stock, Britain’s most successful songwriter. What’s it been like working with him?
Amazing!! A dream come true. His creativity is inspiring and how he pulls the lyrics together with the tune is just incredible. He has taught me so much over the last couple of years as an artist. I’ve always enjoyed the technical side of music and working with him has given me the opportunity to learn and see all aspects of the musical development whilst recording. We have a lot of fun!
What has the reaction to the song been like so far?
The support I’ve received for the song so far has been overwhelming! So many amazing people have supported me so far on Twitter and Facebook. People like Wayne and Coleen Rooney, Alan Shearer, Sir Ian McKellen, and Matt Lucas have all openly supported the song and the great cause. I’ve travelled to quite a few radio stations to promote it as well and I’ve just got back from Ireland where I had a great time hanging out with Sophia Mitchell – she’s just got me into the Musical.ly app which is pretty addictive!
You debuted the song at Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial match at Old Trafford. What was it like performing in front of 60,000 people?
Probably the best experience in my life! I have experienced large audiences before so I wasn’t too nervous! When I was 13 I performed at Wembley Arena in front of 10,000 people singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, but to sing my own song as an artist in my own right in front of a stadium crowd is something I will never forget and I can’t wait to do it again. I get a little nervous as you might expect but I try and turn that into excitement, I mean this is living the dream so you have to enjoy it!
We’re loving your fresh pop sound. Who inspires you musically?
Thanks! I love upbeat pop music, I mean you have to love a good ballad now and then but in my opinion there isn’t enough fun! Even when the topic is serious I think putting an upbeat spin on it is so much more interesting and enjoyable. Some people will love it and some will hate it but at least it won’t be boring.
‘For Me’ works so well as an acoustic version but I’d never swap that for the beat! I get my musical inspiration from Mike Stock because I’ve always loved his upbeat feel-good music. But underneath the candy floss there is always great lyrics and a great song that you could just as easily sit at a piano and sing – and I do!
What does the future have in store for Chloe Rose? Can we expect an album?
Definitely! I’m halfway through recording my album and that is so exciting, I won’t put a date on the release yet though ‘cus it has to be perfect! I have some live dates that I’m close to announcing which will be on my Facebook and website, so rehearsals start soon for that! I’m so excited for people to hear my other songs! So..yeah it will pretty much be non-stop for me, and that’s just the way I like it!
Thank you for your time Chloe Rose, and good luck for the future!
‘For Me’ is available to pre-order now and will be available to download on September 9. All proceeds from the track will go to The Wayne Rooney Foundation in aid of ChildLine and NSPCC.
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