Obviously, at San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll, we slant towards covering rock. But, Tori Roze and The Hot Mess’ soulful performance on their just released video “Little Black Ballerina” grabbed us, and it’s just too good to ignore.

Roze’s heartfelt homage on “Little Black Ballerina” gives us glimpse into the rich, passionate and tender attributes of her voice. She slides through different vocal stylings–a little jazz, some funk, and a whole lot of soul–with ease and swagger. The song has punch, and Roze not only delivers but also shows off the versatility of her vocal reach.

Tori describes her new video “Little Black Ballerina” as a memorial piece:

“It’s about a very special little kitty of mine named Squirt. She was only 5 years old and very suddenly passed away…in my arms, I felt her take her last breath. What prompted me to create this video was the very sudden death of a friend of mine named Angela Sayhoun. She used to run this incredible art fusion event called “Arte Fresca” and was only 35 years old when she passed in December 2013. She was a person who gave everything she had to the art community, she created an art community that hadn’t been brought together prior to the inception of “Arte Fresca.”

I suddenly felt an urgency to get this video done because I had been feeling the loss of all of these great people and creatures for quite some time now. Angela was the last straw: here is a woman who was extremely passionate and giving of herself, doing good things in the world for other people and breast cancer quickly takes her life…It just doesn’t seem fair at all. It makes the urgency of putting things out there into the world even more so because you never know how much longer you have the privilege of being here. The pictures featured in the video are from friends and family of people and pets that passed all too soon including parents of friends, best friends, cats, dogs, Amy Winehouse, and Michael Jackson.

Everyone can relate to the subject matter; it’s necessary to pay homage if and when you can. There’s not enough music in the world to pay proper homage, but I shall live in reverence and appreciation every day.”

You can catch Tori and her band The Hot Mess laying down their infectious soul all over town. Here’s a few of her upcoming shows:

02/05/14 at The Bailiwick
02/08/14 at Claire De Lune’s Sunset Temple
02/12/14 at the OB Farmers Market
02/24/14 at Bar Pink

Tori Roze and The Hot Mess

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