Raquel Aurilia – ‘Pretty Roses’

Singer/songwriter Raquel Aurilia, has had a 14 year journey to become an overnight success. She’s gone through many phases, all working together to create the soundtrack to her life story. Her latest single, ‘Pretty Roses’, is a love song with a difference. It’s not a song about blossoming young love, rather it’s a story of eternal love, the type that carries over into the hereafter.

Raquel’s journey started way back in 2004 when, with the help of producer Tony Papa, she broke out of her comfort zone and took a tentative step into the world of music, releasing her debut album, ‘Finding My Way‘, and her first single, ‘Feels Like‘, which landed at the #28 spot on the Billboard and Hot AC charts. Buoyed by this success, she got right into finding a solid band, and then creating her second album, ‘Holding On to Love by Raquel Aurilia‘, with producer Gardner Cole, in 2007. The album was released in 2008. At the time she’d been living in LA, but she started writing with Grammy nominated producer, Billy Smiley, who opened up for her a world of opportunities in Nashville, where his studio was based. ‘Long Way Home‘ was released with the help of Smiley.



Raquel Aurilia opened for John Waite on a 25 day tour, and also found herself supporting legends such as BB King, Gin Blossoms, Kenny Loggins, Lisa Loeb, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, and Riders In The Sky. Her music has also been featured on the hit MTV shows, ‘The Hills’, ‘The City’, and ‘Taking The Stage’.

Raquel’s latest single, ‘Pretty Roses‘, was officially released this year on Valentine’s Day, but saw its live debut on ‘Today In Nashville’, on local station WSMV-TV. She co-wrote the track with Jennifer Adan, known for her work on Blake Shelton’s number 1 hit, ‘She Wouldn’t Be Gone‘, as well as Jonathan Hamby, keyboard player for Carrie Underwood, and Mike Lattanzi, who’s worked with the likes of Aerosmith, and Paris Hilton. Lattanzi produced and engineered the album at Lattitude Studo South, in Tennessee, and the vibe of the song is one of heartbreak, as soon as the band comes in. Raquel sings with extreme sensitivity, telling the story of a lost lover. The video is a perfect visual aid for the song, focusing on a middle-aged man with a bouquet of flowers, whch he takes to the cemetery. He speaks to his departed love, and holds onto the belief that they will one day be reunited.

Check out Raquel Aurilia on her official website, where you’ll find more information about her and her music.

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