AN HONEST LETTER TO HER LISTENERS - SCOTTISH POP SINGER CHLOE ROZE RELEASES SELF REFLECTIVE SINGLE 'HYPOCRITE'
One night of February 2022, being forced to isolate alone in her flat due to contracting COVID, Scottish pop singer Chloe Roze grabbed her guitar and her phone, and pressed record. From that lonely and low moment, Hypocrite came to be. A self-reflective 3:41 minute track where Chloe Roze allows the listener to have a glimpse of an instance of intimacy and realisation in the artist’s life.
Hypocrite is Chloe Roze’s most transparent songwriting to date, with crude and upfront, emotional lyrics that explore themes of isolation, self-doubt, and self-esteem: “I wrote a song about wishing I could take my own advice.” The single displays Chloe’s vocal talent and intricate songwriting, in an intimate and powerful bedroom-pop ballad. Hypocrite is the perfect continuation to Chloe’s sonic universe and artistic vision, that over the last few years, and after the release of her debut EP “Free Falling“, and performing all around the nation, has now abandoned the deep isolation of the pandemic, becoming an honest letter to her audience. With themes surrounding sadness, loneliness, mental health and body image she exposes her struggles in her latest single “Hypocrite“.
Chloe Roze started performing at an early age, coming from a musical family she grew up around vocalists and instrumentalists who inspired and encouraged her creativity. Chloe wrote her first original song at age 14, which she released as a Facebook video, titled “We Should Know” a Christmas record tackling homelessness. The single received praise from her local community in Ayrshire, landing her with opportunities that essentially was the start of her impressive career. These include performing throughout the country at various events including private functions, community shows, and charity projects.
Chloe, originally from Ayrshire, moved to Edinburgh in 2019 to pursue her performing career whilst studying Drama at university. Initially she struggled to fit in and wrote lyrics in her diary about how she was feeling. Fast forward to 2020, the pandemic. COVID 19 resulted in Chloe feeling completely trapped with her feelings, she describes the experience as “vividly lonely”. This then inspired her to write her debut EP “Free Falling“, which was later released in April 2021.
Following the success of her release, she has since headlined concerts and events all over Edinburgh at venues such as Summerhall, Bannerman’s, Sneaky Pete’s Leith Arches and music festivals in Loch Lomond and Helensburgh. Furthermore, Chloe Roze found a place amongst the capital’s drag scene, and was invited and accepted to perform at their shows. Leaning into the world of cabaret, Chloe has produced her own variety and cabaret shows “Femme Fatality'' and “The Roze Garden'', “a safe space for all” to showcase their talents.
Chloe’s biggest achievement to date is successfully securing herself a show residency at one of Edinburgh's largest live music venues, Summerhall Dissection room. Singing for hundreds, she has gained loyal supporters through this show and is now a headline act with the event organisers 249 Nights.
Hypocrite was originally written as an acoustic guitar led track recorded onto an iPhone. The track was brought to life by close friend, flatmate, and collaborator AKELA at their home in Musselburgh. Marc Barnes, Chloe's father, joined AKELA and Chloe in making the final master of the track adding his own creative visions and self-created sounds to the song.
Chloe Roze states “Hypocrite is my most vulnerable work yet. I describe feelings I've never even shared with my friends and family through this song which is an overall daunting experience. The process has been educational, I have learned so much about myself and who I am through lyricism. I debated whether or not to release the single, as it always felt like my personal secret, a collage of thoughts I didn't want to share as I was afraid of judgement. I now gift this song to the world to show my own strength and personal growth and to invite others to be honest about how they truly feel. I hope my message translates to you all.”