November 27, 2019

Rosemary Butler - How to Become a 1st Call Singer…Skip Your Prom and Open for The Rolling Stones

ROSEMARY BUTLER, the heroine of classic harmonies and rocking melodies, can hardly be compared to any other artist. Her vocal expertise is not only a technical marvel that demands respect (she has a 4-octave mezzo-soprano vocal range!), but it is a beautiful experience that the muses, themselves, would be jealous of.

Since she was a little girl, Rosemary found musical influences everywhere she went. Her family was full of music fans that encouraged her to learn how to sing, play piano, and read music. A trip to Disneyland changed her life forever when she was granted to opportunity to sing on the theme park’s radio station for all of its patrons. She grabbed the microphone from the DJ, belted out an improvised song right on the spot and has been hooked on the lime-light ever since. Her childhood house was near a Fender Guitar plant that she would often sneak off to and marvel at the guitars. There, she secretly learned about guitars without anyone in her family knowing! It was only a matter of time until she was singing and playing Beatles songs and “The House of the Rising Sun” and she never looked back.

The self-proclaimed “Valley Girl” began her career playing the bass guitar and singing in an all-girl Orange County based band called the “Ladybirds”. The band appeared on several L.A. area television shows and even opened for The Rolling Stones in 1964! Her obvious talent and keen ear for talent allowed her to form the all-female hard rock band “Birtha” that released two albums for ABC-Dunhill Records. After they split up in 1973, she became a back-up singer that gained popularity in her own right in the late 1970s and early '80s. Her vocals have appeared alongside talented artists like Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney, Jackson Browne, Ray Charles, and many other A-list superstars. Rosemary won a “Telly” award for a compilation video of her performances with these artists that she put together as an introspective for her fascinating career.

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