Nominated for the award: Music
Company: Rosita Stone (Artist, performer)
Biography: The essence of her music is emotional, the appeal universal, the delivery inclusive, evocative and unforgettable Rosita Stone is an award winning bilingual artist who writes, arranges, and produces her material, keeping it honest, exotic and spiritual. Critics have placed her sound somewhere between Enya, Alicia Keys and Shakira, although comparisons are somewhat dubious – she’s truly unique. She’s Canuck, being of Mexican-Ukrainian descent – a Gypsy Aztec temple singer with a Tori Amos yen for turning stuff inside out. Rosita grew up living in Canada, Mexico, Malta, Colombia, Argentina and the U.S. With this gypsy lifestyle she absorbed many different cultures and influences. Rosita remembers her mother’s powerful voice singing Mexican Rancheras to her as a child. At five years old she started in dance classes and eventually went to study in New York, Vegas and in Los Angeles where she received a scholarship to the famous Dupree Dance Academy. After moving to Toronto she became very involved in the music scene and landed 2 tours with the United Nations after east coast celebrity producer John Allen Cameron heard her sing. The tours went to Egypt, Cyprus, Israel, Germany and the North Pole. This was the beginnings of her musical journey. Rosita’s track record includes singing with Michael Bublé, sharing the stage with the Canadian Tenors, co-writing with Dan Hill and being the opening act for, EMI Latin/Grammy winner Carlos Vives. Her song “Mother to Child” has been chosen as the soundtrack for multi award winning film “Figment” by the award winning director Mithran Maharaja. Rosita she is currently a coordinator for Songwriters Association of Canada in Toronto and was Cultural Director for Youth Day Global 2017 Rosita is the recipient of a Latin American Achievement Award for “Singer of the Year” and has had a deal in Latin America with Easy Entertainment/Universal Music Group with her self-produced CD “The Real Deal”. Rosita also had the privilege to record the album “La Magia del Alma” featuring the brilliant work of Jorge Lopez who played guitar on Linda Ronstadt’s Grammy Winning Mexican album “Canciones de mi Padre”. These are the same songs Rosita’s mother sang to her as a child and the same album she grew up listening to. Two of her songs from this album were licensed for use in the move Double Tap, starring the “Latin Dragon” Fabian Carrillo, Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee receiving the "Living Legend Award." Press in Toronto includes Metro newspaper which ran a full page article on Rosita, and she’s appeared numerous times in the Toronto Sun, Star, and graced the cover of Vida Latina Magazine. She’s been interviewed by Diego Fuentes from Much, Claudia de la Huerta from the CBC and feels super blessed that 106.5 FM Radio has had her music on rotation for several years. American radio host Ray Carr just interviewed Rosita recently on WCSB 89.3 fm and as has asked her to come back again to share more music and stories! Rosita is also a certified holistic nutritionist who saves animals as her passion and is an avid lifelong student of life coach David Price Francis. Starting in April 2018 Rosita will be a featured speaker at Momondays to tell her story of losing her husband and father of her only child in an unthinkable tragedy. Her aim is to inspire others to continue the will to live when all hope seems lost. All accomplishments aside, Rosita Stone is a deep thinker who has an affinity for the esoteric and a love for humanity and goodwill.