Young singer to tour America

Rosie Bruce

Rosie Bruce, a 17-year-old singer from Newlands, has landed the chance of a lifetime after being chosen to be part School of Rock’s AllStar Programme tour of America this month.

Rosie, who is part of the School of Rock Claremont, will be joined on her trip by Shandy Sarantos, 17, from Hout Bay.

The two of them will join the best musicians from within School of Rock’s international network of schools though they will be going on separate tours of America with their selected band mates.

The Constantia Waldorf School Grade 12 pupil has been part of the School of Rock Claremont for over a year.

She got selected for the AllStar Programme after her school nominated her to audition.

“I then made an audition video and sent it through, and after that I was called back to do a live audition where I had to sing two songs and answer basic theory questions,” she said.

Rosie is a talented musician who apart from singing can play the guitar and a little bit of ukulele.

One of her musical role-models is Carole King.

“Carole King has been a huge inspiration for me, and discovering her music when I was 11 completely changed my relationship with music.”

Rosie says she has to strike a balance between school and her passion of music.

She performs in the Rosie Bruce Band, made up of her her dad, Cameron Bruce, and Ian Cohen. They play a blend of Afro-country folk songs.

“I try to only perform a maximum of two times per month, so that I have time for school work and a social life,” she says.

When she is not performing, she enjoys windsurfing with her dad, reading books and art.

Rosie will be on tour as part of the School of Rock’s AllStar Programme from Saturday July 20 until Monday July 29 and will visit cities Seattle, Washington and San Francisco.