Picture credit: Howie Johnson
Dress: Victory Parade
Hair wear: Pin Up Curl
Words: Gemma Miller

I’ve followed the career of Derby based vintage songstress Rose Devine really closely over the last few years. She came to sing at one of our Uttoxeter Racecourse events a few years ago when she was first taking her fledging steps as a retro entertainer, and it has been amazing watching her journey. She gigs relentlessly and is in huge demand as a wedding singer for those wanting to add a vintage touch to their special day, so it didn’t come as any surprise when I heard that 2017 would be the year she released her first album entitled Vintage Jazz.

To celebrate the launch, she held a party at one of her favourite venues, The Book Café in Derby on Friday 31st March. Not only did she wow with her vocal performances on the night, she also debuted her brand new band ‘The Valentinos.’ Seriously, this woman has boundless energy juggling solo gigs, band rehearsals and recording a CD!

Fellow Vintage Life roving reporter Sarah Bloor of ‘Pin Up Curl’ was also at the launch party and spent the night dancing away to lots old jazz classics and retro songs with a modern twist.

“I always knew she was good but she has just got better”, enthused Sarah, “the control in her voice is amazing and she just pours emotion into every song! She dedicated her final solo song to her partner Bob and I definitely had a lump in my throat.

“The band were absolutely fantastic too; I was blown away with just how good they all sound together! You can really tell just how much Rose loves being part of a band and the covers they did were amazing. They did a really slowed down version of Creep by Radiohead and then they packed the dance floor out with Bye Bye by NSync, it was like boyband meets Pulp Fiction!”

Rose has pulled her band together by including lots of fellow Derby based musicians; they all have a really wide varied background with lots of very different musical influences, but it all blends together to make for an amazing vintage sound. The plan is to continue rehearsing and gigging and putting their own spin on lots of vintage standards.

But back to the album, Rose told me: “I have wanted to make an album for a very long time. I would always be asked at gigs where people could buy my music so this is my way of giving back to all those people who book me for their events and also come to see all of my live shows.

“The compliment I get most often is that people love the selection of songs I perform at my live shows, so the CD tries to reflect this. Classics from Doris Day and Nina Simone are mixed up with Postmodern Jukebox’s classic cover versions and songs by Caro Emerald.

“The CD has a really strong vintage jazz vibe and I think it’s the perfect album to listen to whilst getting all nostalgic over a glass of red wine in front of the fire on a cold Winter’s evening!”

After the success of her launch party Rose told me, “I absolutely loved it! It is great to work with live musicians. As much as I adore my solo work, there really is no substitute for a live jazz band! They are such a great bunch to work with and we have so much fun in rehearsals!

“When we had our first rehearsal I had to try really hard to keep my cool,” explained Rose, “I was in a room with all of these amazing musicians and all I wanted to do was squeal! I knew from the first song we played that we were on to something fantastic.”

2017 is already looking like a very busy year for both Rose Devine and The Valentinos, as bookings are flooding in for weddings, birthdays and corporate events. Combined with pre-orders for her album Vintage Jazz going worldwide, I think we’ve only just started to see what Miss Devine can achieve…

The CD is available to buy either at live shows or by emailing info@rosedevine.co.uk.

Lisa Harrison
Written by Lisa Harrison
Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!