We recently had a chat with Toronto based pop powerhouse, Roveena. Roveena released her sophomore album, Fearless last month, as well as a video for the single of the same name. We hope you enjoy finding out more about this up-and-coming Canadian artist, and if you happen to be in the Toronto area on November 10, we highly recommend you head to the Royal Ontario Museum for Roveena’s show.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
I am a recording artist living in Toronto. I was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Canada at a young age, where I discovered my love of music. My fans describe me as a vocal powerhouse who loves to belt out ballads.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My goal has always been to inspire through my music. Writing is still a learning process for me – so I was very fortunate to co-write my new album Fearless with James Bryan (The Philosopher Kings/Prozzak). The best way to connect with my fans is with every lyric, musical note and emotion that truly captures where I am in my journey when that song is penned. We are not alone in our experiences and music has the power to help get us through them.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
I will be performing on November 10th at The Royal Ontario Museum for Friday Night Live! In addition, I am in the middle of planning a tour to promote my new album Fearless.
During my live shows, I want my audience to feel like they are the only ones in the room. I love an intimate setting where it’s just myself and a piano, the lights are dim and the music takes you away on an emotional journey. I want people to explore their raw feelings and encourage zero judgement – to feel is a beautiful thing, and I always hope my music can facilitate that.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
My new single and album title track “Fearless” – it was written at a time when I made the biggest decision of my life – pursuing music full-time.
I was living a life that was expected of me, that I knew wasn’t right for my soul. When I wanted to follow my heart and pursue music full-time so many obstacles were being thrown my way, and I let that fear tear me down. One day, I made the decision to stop listening to the negativity and start living the life I wanted. With that, I walked away from the stability I had to follow my love of music. “Fearless” was the first song that came out of me and it was written with the intention to inspire others to let go of fears that are keeping them from following their dreams and aspirations. I think it’s something every person can deeply relate to.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I grew up listening to Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Bryan Adams – whom I still love to this day. I am a proud supporter of Canadian artists and songwriters and some of my current favourites are Tegan and Sara, The Weeknd, and Serena Ryder!