ARIANA AND THE ROSE performs the song "IN YOUR BED" for BalconyTV.
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Born on Long Island, the trained dancer entered the world of performance when she was 12, appearing on stage, guest-starring on television series such as The Sopranos, and enrolling at the Professional Arts School with a focus on musical theater. At 20, DiLorenzo was invited by producer Jon Hanser to sing on Bliss, a dance compilation he and DJ Tony Brock were putting together. She performed her track, "Beautiful," at Miami's Winter Music Conference in 2009, but was discouraged by the "artist anonymous" trappings of trance.
In the summer of her senior year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, from which she's since graduated with a double major in drama and journalism, she flew to Nashville to write and record a four-track demo. "Being a singer without music is like being a writer without a pen," she says. "Nashville is a great place for writers." Before the ink even dried, she returned to New York and went directly into artistic development, honing her skills as a pianist, composer, and vocalist with her mentor, Vera Tisheff.
DiLorenzo's first challenge was to put together a strong five-piece band, the members of which now comprise Ariana & the Rose, a nod to her grandmother and the other women in her family—"everyone's middle name is Rose." Ariana & the Rose began touring the country, playing venues as far-flung as the venerable Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles and Gramercy Theatre in New York, where she brought down the house during the after-party for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball.
Things changed for DiLorenzo in October of last year, when she finished her debut EP, which was produced by Grammy winner David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, Lana Del Rey). As an unsigned, independent artist, DiLorenzo felt like she was putting the music out "into the ether" when she released it online for free. "It wasn't really going anywhere," she says. She'd already filmed the music video for her lead single, the spirited, hooky paean to love, "When You Know, You Know." But when she looked critically at her sound and her image, she realized that she wasn't exactly where she wanted to be. "I found myself on the right road, but it was time to shift into the perfect lane," she says.
DiLorenzo has since returned to the studio, where she's now polishing—or, more accurately, roughening—the collection of songs that will make up her debut full-length album, due out in October. Stripping back her sound, DiLorenzo wants the final product to reflect the raw energy of her live shows. Mixing the confessional lyricism of her favorite singer-songwriters (Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson) with the sound of dirty synths (Goldfrapp, Santigold—"anything gold, really") and the understated glamour of the French New Wave, DiLorenzo has finally come into her own. "It's sort of hard to pick up the floorboards you've laid down, but I know what I want now," says DiLorenzo, who, following sojourns into showtunes, trance, and unabashed pop, has finally found herself in Ariana & the Rose. "I know who I am now."
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