Summer Roze impresses with Bumpa


February 11, 2016
Contributed Summer Roze

Radio disc jocks are raving about a new single, 'Bumpa', by breakout Miami-based artiste Summer Roze.

Produced by DJ Speng, the single was released a month ago, and the buzz around the song has been encouraging so far.

"People love the song, and over the past week or so, the airplay has picked up. I have Instagram videos with it playing in Ocho Rios, and various radio stations in Germany, Miami and in the UK have been tweeting when they are playing it. I am really excited to be in Jamaica to promote the single," Summer Roze, born Rosemarie Grant, said.

A talented artiste and songwriter, she was born and raised in Miami, Florida, by Jamaican parents. She is the daughter of former IBF Cruiserweight champ Uriah Grant, who won the belt in 1997 and then earned notoriety in 2000 when he defeated Thomas 'Hitman' Hearns in the second round of a bout. She once considered becoming an amateur boxer.

"When I was 17, I trained with him for about a year, but I quit boxing; too much pressure. You have to eat and exercise a certain way. A big part of it is mental, and I just had to quit," she said, laughing.

She said her dad approves of her doing music, but "he wants me to sing 'clean lyrics', but there is no such thing as clean lyrics in dancehall but, for some reason, he loves Bumpa a lot".

Summer Roze has been writing music all her life. "I started out doing hip hop, so I can rap, but I love reggae. It's my number one love, but I blend dancehall, pop, reggae, hip-hop, and techno-dance music to craft my sound," she said.

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