Electric Violinist Rose Bartu Releases New Single 'Freedom'
Rose Bartu, Austrian-raised and NYC-based singer/songwriter and electric violinist, is releasing her first single "Freedom" from her upcoming EP on August 28, 2017, the date chosen as it marks the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. The new single is an anthem for freedom, justice and human rights for all. She started writing the song on July 4, 2015 questioning freedom for all, when seeing acts of terrorism and hate being carried out across the nation. She is weaving her story of arriving in the United States and her first hand observations of issues like racism and gun violence into her music. The message of the song grew to an universal call for peace and freedom."Freedom" is produced by Grammy-nominated producer/mixer/engineer Steve Greenwell (Joss Stone, Diane Birch, Andy Grammer). Her soulfully angelic vocals and lush violins with Greenwell's strong hip-hop influenced beat create a colorful and intriguing musical landscape. Bartu describes her new sound Pop/Underground Electric. It reminds listeners of legendary bands like Portishead and Massive Attack, and more recent artists like Haim and CHVRCHES. The single will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other major music outlets. In addition to the release on August 28, Bartu will perform for Washington D.C.'s "Minister's March for Justice", organized by Rev. Al Sharpton, as part of Zoe Ministries band. They will perform a song called "Love", written by David Bratton of their upcoming album, for which Bartu recorded all string arrangements. Bartu's songs often touch on social justice themes: Martin Luther King, Jr. was a big inspiration to Bartu when she graduated from high school specializing in African American History long before she thought of coming to New York City. Her "Building Bridges" song and film (featuring Mark Shine) was used by the mayor of Selma, Alabama for his re-election campaign. Her song "One of Us" off of her self-produced Destiny album (under name Roswitha), which was accepted in 10 categories for a potential Grammy nomination, was written after Trayvon Martin's killing in 2012. As the movement continues to end gun violence, she was asked to perform at a street naming after the fatal shooting of lawyer Carey Gabay, an aide to Governor Cuomo. Rose Bartu, since she was a little girl growing up in a small village in the Austrian Alps, has had a dream of empowering people around the world with her music. Winning the prestigious Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship "to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas," supported her dream to study in NYC and to become an ambassador of peace.