Ever since Rosé earned a spot in the final four of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13, this New York queen has been taking the world by storm with her blossoming music career. In May, the Scotland native released her debut single “The Devil in the Details,” a pop anthem that will soon have a captivating music video to go along with it. Throughout her tenure on Drag Race, Rosé regularly showed off her vocal chops, whether she was shining in a Rusical or spewing off riffs in the Werk Room. She also performed on America’s Got Talent as part of the drag trio Stephanie’s Child.
Now, Rosé is introducing fans to her artistry as a solo singer, a dream she’s held since childhood when a young Ross McCorkell would listen to powerhouses like Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Rosé shared details on her original music, expansive career goals, and new music video for “The Devil in the Details.” The video, which premieres on July 7 at 12 PM ET, was directed by Austin Nunes and features Rosé’s transformation into a fierce devil to find her inner power and confidently pursue a romantic interest.
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First of all, how is your summer going? I know you’ve been crazy busy with the Drive ‘N Drag tour and Pride.
“I’m great! I’m actually really grateful that stuff is finally beginning to just smooth out and slow down ever so slightly. I realized that I haven’t had a break since ‘Drag Race’ started, you know? I was right on the road after the season finished. Pride was a doozy and now I’m just getting back into the creator space, writing more music and working on some other projects.”
Speaking of your music, how does it feel to be releasing a music video for ‘The Devil In The Details?’ Tell me about your vision for the video.
“I’m so excited. We kind of went in what I consider a really literal fashion because the song itself serves like a double entendre. Lyrically, it’s a love note to myself, but through the guise of a message to another man.
So often, people get caught up in an idea of perfection, which does not exist. It can be blinding at times. This song is a gentle nudge to remove the blindfold and live your life to the fullest.
[Additionally], ‘The Devil in the Details’ was inspired by my turning point on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’ I had been performing well week after week, and was so committed to delivering a pristine and polished product to Ru and the judges, but in the process, began to lose a unique, vital, and vulnerable piece of myself. About halfway through the season, I managed to loosen up and visibly enjoy myself much more. And during one episode in particular I finally allowed my true colors to shine through. During the deliberation that both celebrated my imperfections and changed my course on the show, RuPaul proudly remarked, ‘The devil’s in the details!‘ I thought, ‘I’m gonna write a song about this.’
We decided to go with the less difficult-to-portray-visually option there, which is the video being about a relationship, a romantic, sexual connection. We shot it in one day and just went HAM. I’m so proud of it, I think the dancers did amazing. I’m so happy to be releasing it.”
You’ve been receiving such positive feedback on the single so far. Fans were also ecstatic when you announced the video. How does that feel?
“Amazing. I’ve been so lucky in this last year to have been gifted and awarded this opportunity to have the platform that I now stand upon. What I always wanted to do was express myself through my art. The fact that people are excited about this, the fact that I have an audience who wants to listen to what I have to say and the sounds that I make and the visuals, it’s really exciting.”
What was it like to sing a portion of ‘The Devil in the Details’ every night at Drive ‘N Drag?
“Oh my gosh, so fun. It really was crazy. I ended my set with a piece of the song every night. It was so cool to look down and hear people singing along. Really, it’s like a dream come true.”
When did the dream to pursue a career in music begin?
“I’ve been a musician my whole life and that’s always kind of been my foremost dream, to be a singer and to have my own music and perform. Drag came much later and it just so happens to be the vessel through which it all aligns for me, which is really cool.”
Did you have any musical influences growing up?
“I’ve always been inspired by really amazing vocalists and pop music, especially women. When I was a kid, on the radio was Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. But I really connected with powerful voices like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston. And as a songwriter, the 80s and that kind of dreamy sound really influences my music.”
Can fans expect more music from you?
“I’m writing right now, which is so exciting. Finally, things are still very busy, but I have more space in my calendar and in my brain to create more stuff. So, I’m currently writing. There’s gonna be more.”
Now that your drag and music careers are united, what are your long-term goals?
“When I was on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ I said I want to be like RuPaul. I definitely am somebody who, as a trained entertainer from childhood, I’m good at a lot of stuff and I would like to pursue career-wise just about all of it. That’s what I think RuPaul represents and does, hosting situations and TV shows, acting, singing, releasing music. I don’t really see a limit. I just never want to be bored.”
Is Stephanie’s Child still together?
“It’s still a thing, of course. It’s like the core of my artistry in drag. Right now, we [Jan and Lagoona Bloo] have kind of each taken a moment individually in the spotlight and are exploring ourselves.”
Fans loved your Snatch Game character Mary Queen of Scots. Will we see any more Mary videos like her adventure through NYC?
“It’s one of my favorite things that came out of Drag Race and that whole artistic process. I’m an actor and I love almost nothing more than creating and submitting myself fully to a character. I created, actually with the director of my music videos [Austin Nunes], the mini video series I did with Mary Queen of Scots while the show was airing this year. We talked about the fact that it might be able to stand as its own TV show.
One of my major fantasies and dreams would be to have Mary have her own show because she’s the boss. It would literally be her just trying different things. There’s no end to that list – Mary takes a spin class, Mary goes grocery shopping. She’s new to everything and she has an opinion, so I think it would be really funny.”
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