Known around Montrose just by the name ‘Mel Rose’, the singer and artist has a lot of things she’d like to discuss; and she’s about to get the chance to do just that in her new talk show from About Magazine, The Round-Up with Mel Rose.
(HOUSTON) –You’ve probably seen her around Montrose and the surrounding areas, out-and-about at local events with her longtime partner and musician, Morena Roas. But Roas — who hosts Monday night’s The Floor is Yours at Guava Lamp on Waugh, runs the MollyNation brand, and encourages artists to support other artists as she does herself — isn’t the only talented half of this coupling. Just like Roas, Mel Rose is a vocalist and musician who spends her time speaking with and supporting the LGBTQ community of artists and fans. Meeting her and getting into a conversation with her is like lightning in a bottle — powerful, energetic, passionate, and bright. Her ideas are fluid, they’re insightful, and they come to her with ease. Mel Rose is a woman who thinks.
But just as much time as she spends thinking, Mel Rose is listening. Her opinions are important, but she takes note of how important it is to hear from someone else’s perspective. And it’s that sort of introspective and curious mind that led her right to the cameras for her brand new talk show premiering this August, The Round-Up with Mel Rose.
But this isn’t just any old talk show in vain of The View or Chelsea. Mel Rose’s show isn’t about battling it out over politics or current issues, bringing in fancy celebrity guests, or even promoting products to viewers at home. Her show is about something much deeper — people, their perspectives on existential topics (women in the music industry, relationships, depression), and taking an introspective look at how our own actions affect the people and the world around us.
The talk show — from production companies Mel Rose on Air and About Media (a subsidiary of About Magazine) — is executive produced by Mel Rose herself, with co-executive producer Anthony Ramirez, editor-in-chief of About Magazine and the author of the new book, “Less Than Butterflies”. It will be the first show for both About and Mel Rose on Air — both of which are producing other, separate content, such as Mel Rose’s Mel Rose on Air radio show and Ramirez’s The Anthony Project sitcom coming next spring — and the duo and their team have been hard at work to make the show come to fruition. We sat down with Mel Rose to chat about the forthcoming show and what brought her to this place and point.
About Magazine: Tell us what inspired you to create this show.
Mel Rose: What inspired me to create this show was the ability to give people an inside look into themselves. It was something I felt I needed in my journey growing into myself. Looking at social media and talk shows, it seemed that everyone was talking about the problems in the world, but no one seemed to be looking for the solutions; and for me, we are the solution.
What about your show is going to be different from other shows like it?
I feel like my show is different because it will give people the opportunity to be involved in subjects that can potentially change the way they see life itself. Being a part of that movement will help this country — and this world — be more proactive in changing the way we view real life circumstances and how we handle and react to them.
What kind of topics do you want to discuss?
The major topics that I want to bring to my panel are topics that we seldom talk about. They’re going to seem like topics that people talk about all the time — depression, love, women — but if you look at the way they’re being discussed in other shows, they’re only being talked about on a surface. I want to open them up a little further and step away from circumstantial topics and discuss a more humanistic approach to these topics. I want us to delve into ourselves and ask, “What can I change about me to make this better? How are my decisions affecting the people around me?”
“The best advice I could give my younger self would be that no one is perfect and to be perfectly fine with that while also using your strengths to be great.”
What’s your background in entertainment?
My background is in music. I’m a singer/songwriter. But I also love to write poetry. It’s like therapy for me. I’m currently working on my original music and my branding as an artist, with a new single coming soon.
The single coming out this year is called “Feel the Music.” It’s a house/dance pop song. It’s a song that is out of my comfort zone, but the song itself has great meaning to me. It was actually the one that gave me the ability to understand music and lyrics and how they come together. “Feel the Music” gave me an understanding of myself as a writer because of the simplicity of it.
That’s amazing. Who do you hope to reach with this single? Well … not even just the single, but with the show as well! Do you have a specific demographic?
What I hope to reach with my show is the ability to give people the understanding of how huge their part in this world is and how much control they actually have in it. I’m also currently writing a book entitled, “I Am the Author of My Life,” and a lot of the book plays a big part into the concept I’ve conceived for this show. We have the pen and we are the authors of everything that goes on in our lives. Usually we’re either writing it or we have given the world the pen to write it for us. We have the choice. My demographic is truly just anyone that is human and needs to take a deeper look into themselves.
If you could tell your younger self anything or give her any advice, what would it be?
The best advice I could give my younger self would be that no one is perfect and to be perfectly fine with that while also using your strengths to be great. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Because, at the end of it all, worrying is going to away from what you have to offer the world around you. Get to know yourself, be your own best friend, and don’t take anyone’s issues personally. It is not your issue to conquer. Be of value to others and judge no one. Your higher power is the only thing that can give you the power to be the best you, and that just being Mel Rose will be your greatest legacy.
That’s really beautiful, and I think more people need to think that way. So, in line with what you just said, what do you think the world needs most right now and how do you plan to help give it with your show and your music?
I think that what the world needs right now and has always needed, is love. Love is the only thing we all as human beings seek, everything we do, we do for love. My plan is to show love to every group of people. The common denominator for living is love. My music and the show will reflect that; my writing will reflect that; my journey will reflect that. The only reason why I preach about love is because I receive it and you can only give love when you are willing to receive it. Love is love.
The Round-Up Mel Rose premieres in late August. You can follow Mel Rose here: