Rosie's list even included Whitney Houston's "Dance With Somebody" and her all-time favorite, Bette Midler."The process was refreshing," Thomas says of her and Bazan's approach to recording.While in the studio Bazan gave Thomas a homework assignment to list every singer and song that she loved, including the guilty pleasures.This list began to influence the sound of the record, drawing from a broad spectrum of artists ranging from soul and r&b singers including Stevie Wonder and the Jackson Five to Rosie's more obvious influences including Joni Mitchell, Linda Rondstadt and the Innocence Mission."David challenged me to show more of my personality this time around, and just like Sam he pushed me to 'belt it out!Singer-songwriter Rosie Thomas—originally from Michigan—is currently living life in the Big Apple.After fours years, two movies, one marriage, a cross country move, a long bout with illness, and lots of touring as part of Iron & Wine, Rosie returns with her new album, Describe your path to becoming a musician.
"I woke up one morning, and the sun shined in the window, and I didn't mind," Rosie says of her recovery; "the birds chirped and I thought they were singing for me.From as early as I can remember, I had music around me all the time—my parents practiced at home and they performed together every weekend at a night club, which was really cute.The world felt like it was back on my side again or vice versa, and I finally fit in again."Thomas began work on the record during this period of tremendous change during which she also got married and relocated to New York City from Seattle.Writing in Los Angeles, Nashville and her grandpa's farm in Kansas, she traveled to Texas to work with Sam Beam in pre-production, Thomas returned to Seattle to assemble her band and record with producers Bazan and Wescott.as a "sweet-voiced singer," Thomas makes her return to the studio with a band featuring David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Blake Wescott (The Posies, Damien Jurado), brother Brian Thomas and members of Sufjan Stevens' band along with vocals by Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and Jen Wood (The Postal Service).
focuses on the central theme of love and its transformative powers.