“People are always like, ‘You’ve had a lot of breakups,’ ” says singer-songwriter Rozzi Crane (aka Rozzi) with a laugh, “and I’m like, ‘No. It’s the same breakup.’ It was really inspirational.”
Undoubtedly, heartbreak is a strong influence in the 27-year‑old’s work, as is the late Amy Winehouse. “Amy changed my life because I always wanted to be a soul singer, but I wrote pop songs,” the San Francisco native explains. “I was like, ‘How do I do both? Oh! Amy! That’s how.’ ”
Crane’s debut album, Bad Together, is being rolled out one song at a time, starting with “Never Over You” and “Uphill Battle,” with additional songs available for download each month through the end of the year.
“It’s very personal,” she says of the record, which has been in the works since she was discovered by Adam Levine as a 19-year-old college student at the University of Southern California in 2011. (Between classes, Crane was also working as a backup singer for Don Henley and Sérgio Mendes.)
That year, the Los Angeles-based talent signed with Levine’s label, then went on to tour and perform alongside the Maroon 5 frontman. “It was totally fairy-tale-like, but ultimately, I needed to go through a lot of stuff…to find myself as an artist,” says Crane, which included being dropped by that label and signing with a new one, Small Giant Records. “It’s led me to write songs that I’m so proud of because they really reflect me living—which I hadn’t ever really done.”
MARK GRIFFIN CHAMPION.