Ultra Music is unleashing a new star and she goes by the name of Autumn Rowe. The singer/songwriter hails out of New York City and you might recognize her from her days as a vocal coach on The X Factor and America’s Got Talent. She has written several chart-topping hits, such as the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup anthem, Cher Lloyd’s “Swagger” and Karmin’s “Hello.” It’s safe to say that Autumn Rowe is no stranger to making hits.
Now focusing on her debut as a solo artist, Autumn Rowe reveals the official music video for the first single from her debut EP coming out on Ultra Music. It’s a house tune called “If I Don’t Have You,” featuring beautiful vocals and a wildly catchy chorus.
Ultra Music has released a remix pack of “If I Don’t Have You,” but you can purchase the original on iTunes. Her next single, “Compromising Situations,” will be out on April 14 and it’s undoubtedly something to look forward to.
We got a chance to interview Autumn Rowe and you can check it out below.
You have been a singer/songwriter for quite some time now. Which came first, the singing or the songwriting?
The singing definitely came before the songwriting. I didn’t know I could write songs at first. I was always into writing poems and short stories, but it took me a while to figure out I could write songs.
You have been the songwriter behind so many hits. If you had to choose one, what would you say your favorite song you have ever written is?
My favorite song I’ve written hasn’t been written yet, but I know you’re going to make me choose! Alexis Jordan “Happiness” is really significant, because it was my first hit and gave me my break in the industry. It also was a very personal song written about my relationship at the time, but I don’t know if it is my favorite.
If we had a chance to look through your music library, what would we find?
My FAVORITE band is Muse. I also love Massive Attack, Kanye, Stevie Wonder, loving Hozier at the moment as well.
Do you think that growing up in New York City was beneficial to you as a singer/songwriter or was it difficult to try and stand out amongst all the clutter?
Growing up in NYC was instrumental to everything I am. I was raised in the South Bronx and went to High School in Times Square. I had so many influences from DJs in my project windows to interning at record companies in High School. New York gives you so much exposure to anything you want to do or see, so you just have to go for it. At one point I was in four choirs performing at places like Radio City Music Hall after school in a show called the British Rock Symphony. Things like that can only happen in New York City.
Do you have any hobbies outside of music?
Outside of music I love Zumba lol, animals; I have to go to the zoo in every country I’m in, I enjoy cooking and finding vintage clothing gems in random shops. I would really love to meet a sloth if that matters at all.
You were a featured vocal coach on Fox’s “The X Factor USA,” where you worked alongside Simon Cowell, LA Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. What was your favorite part of that experience?
The best part about coaching on the X Factor was developing acts like Fifth Harmony, Beatrice Miller and Carly Rose Sonenclar. They are all doing very well now and I’m proud of them.
As a vocal coach, have you ever seen anyone with absolutely no singing skills whatsoever become relatively decent at it?
I can’t say I have. You need to be born with some sort of tone. You can learn pitch and time, but you have to have some sort of raw talent to become good in my opinion.
You are soon releasing your debut EP with Ultra Music. What can we expect to hear?
My EP will have a lot of New York House influences. Growing up, I loved Everything But The Girl “Missing” Todd Terry remix, Robert Miles “Children,” etc. I love emotive lyrics and music that makes you feel something whether it’s in the club or in your heart.
Do you have any plans for 2015 after your album is released?
I want to keep doing everything I’m doing but on a bigger scale. I would love to perform in some amazing venues, sign a producer, expand my vocal coaching business, work with more amazing artists and write songs that hit home with the masses.