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Isabel Rose: From Tin Pan Alley to Power Rock

Christopher Loudon on the multi-faceted writer, actress and singer

Isabel Rose, on set of Aquarius video
Isabel Rose's Swingin' From the Hip

As overachievers go, Isabel Rose makes Oprah look like a slacker. She is a published author, equally comfortable in the realms of fiction and non-fiction, an award-winning actress who has conquered stage and screens (big and small), a screenwriter whose 2003 hit film Anything But Love was deemed a “charmer” by the Los Angeles Times, and a playwright and composer who adapted her first novel, The J.A.P. Chronicles, into an off-Broadway musical that enjoyed an extended run in early 2006. If that weren’t enough, she also graduated summa cum laude from Yale.

Now the multi-hyphenated Rose adds vocalist to her list of accomplishments. The cover of her debut album, Swingin’ From the Hip, cheekily recalls Ann-Margret back in her hip-twitching Bye Bye Birdie days. She also owes a stylistic debt to the young Ms. Olsson, but Rose’s purring sexiness is a jigger or two more mature, suggesting shades of Mary Ford and placing her squarely at the crossroads of jazz and cabaret (with a dash of Broadway power and pizzazz for good measure).

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