Scottish Songwriter Rosie H Sullivan Introduces Her Latest Single and Ode to Love
December 9, 2022 BY Jason Currell
Singer-songwriter Rosie H Sullivan has introduced her latest heartfelt single, Lights. Out today, the track boasts the honesty and vulnerability listeners have come to expect from Rosie, with messages of love, hope and patience at its centre.
Inspired by the strong and happy relationships she has witnessed throughout her life, Rosie compares the feeling of love to a shining light, portraying the emotion as one with the power to brighten peoples’ lives and make them glow from the inside out.
Now in her 20s, Rosie has been creating music since her early teenage years, which she spent on the Isle of Lewis. Inspired by her own stories and those of her loved ones, she has always written about what she knows and how she feels, adding to the vulnerability of her work.
With a similar ethereal musical style to the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Laura Marling and Elliott Smith, Rosie is quickly making her name for herself on the Scottish music scene. Her last single So I’ve Been Told made it onto Spotify UK’s New Music Friday playlist and was named Single of the Week on BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show.
Throughout her latest track Lights, Rosie touches on a failed relationship, and the significant realisation that a past partner was not her true light, but merely a ‘spark’. With elegant lyricism and stunning melodies, the singer perfectly summarises the range of emotions felt when waiting for our own light to be ignited.
Lights (official audio):
Rosie H Sullivan said: “This song is my ode to love, and everything it brings to people’s lives. I’ve grown up surrounded by people in love, but I do recognise that it can take a long time to find someone who makes you shine, and I wanted to touch on that within Lights. It’s a song about love, but also the journey to finding it.”
Rosie’s own acoustic guitar supports her vocals on the track, as well as gentle harmonies on the cello played by Rachel Wilson. The low-fi sound of the guitar throughout the song gives a stripped back, pure feeling, while the soft ambience of Rosie’s vocals and tender chords from the cello create depth and add to the emotion behind the lyrics.
Rosie added: “The recording of this track was full of surprises. At first, I didn’t imagine Lights sounding as raw as it ended up, but as soon as I listened back with my producer Ross Hamilton, I was obsessed. I love that you can hear the creaks from the guitar as I play, I think it adds so much character to the track.
“I had also originally envisioned a fiddle accompaniment, but I am so glad we went with cello; Rachel was amazing to work with. During the last chorus, she unexpectedly went down to the bass note and my stomach dropped. It was perfect! This song is so much more than I ever imagined it could be, and it fills my heart with joy.”
Now based in Edinburgh, Rosie is signed to Nettwerk. Lights is the third in a string of new singles from her debut EP, set for release in early 2023, which she will tour next year (dates below).
2023 Live Dates:
14 January 2023 – An Lanntair, Stornoway
15 January 2023 – The Tooth and Claw, Inverness
20 January 2023 – Hunter S. Thompson, Dundee
21 January 2023 – King Tuts, Glasgow
‘LIGHTS’ IS OUT NOW VIA NETTWERK