Feb. 4, 2022
co-written during the Canadian Songwriter Challenge through MusicOntario & the London Music Office.
Teen phenom Bella Rosa releases new single + video in “hate that I love u,” co-written during the Canadian Songwriter Challenge through MusicOntario & the London Music Office.
A powerhouse singer, performer, and songwriter at just 15, Bella Rosa is harnessing the power of collaboration in her latest single, “hate that I love u,” co-written during MusicOntario’s 2021 edition of the Canadian Songwriter Challenge, in partnership with the London Music Office.
Selected by a jury of music industry pros, Bella was one of 10 songwriters chosen from more than 200 applicants to participate in a 3-day bootcamp of intensive songwriting sessions in October 2021. Hosted at three recording studios across London, ON, including Sugar Shack, EMAC, and Charter House, the event paired Bella with three fellow artists/songwriters and a different mentor each day to write and record a demo of a new song in 8 hours or less.
The tune is an absolute bop, swapping some of the candy-coated sheen of pop-punk for a gritty honesty delivered unapologetically from the Gen-Z lens. Co-written by Bella, Mackenta (Toronto), Avalon Bridger (Kitchener), and Patrick James Clark (London) with Luke Roes of Ivory Hours serving as mentor and producer, the track showcases that a roomful of artists from different genres, cities, and with unique approaches to songwriting can churn out an absolute banger in a matter of hours!
Once the demo was in the books, Bella knew the track couldn’t just collect dust on a Soundcloud playlist somewhere: its empowered, tongue-in-cheek take on teen infatuation and love that burns hot and crashes harder makes the song an anthem for the SnapChat and TikTok generation. Bella and her team got to work to record and produce the demo for release and linked up with director Paula Vergara (Half & Half Social) to shoot the accompanying video right at home in the Forest City. With London, ON’s recent designation as Canada’s first UNESCO City of Music, there’s no denying the critical mass of new talent bubbling out of southwestern Ontario!
“The song came out of an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity to collaborate with incredible talent thanks to MusicOntario and the London Music Office,” says Bella. “I’m so excited to share with the world what a group of strangers from different walks of life can create. I hope listeners have as much with it as we did!”
Past Canadian Songwriter Challenge alumni include Jessie Reyez, Jordan Alexander, AHI, Terra Lightfoot, Gavin Brown, Moe Berg, Julian Taylor, and Tim Chaisson, so Bella finds herself in fine company as a graduate from the program.
The track and video both drop on February 4, 2022, and if you don’t hear it here first – keep your ears peeled because you’ll probably be catching it on playlist alongside Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish soon enough. Might as well get ahead of the curve now!
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About Bella Rosa:
Canadian singer-songwriter Bella Rosa grew up in a home filled with music. From a young age, her musician dad always encouraged her to sing and find her voice. They traveled everywhere with a guitar, making a venue of any locale and learning early on to command a stage. At age 11, Bella taught herself how to play the ukulele and started working with a vocal coach and writing her own music. Her musical style transitioned from pop to rock before she arrived at alt-pop—a genre that feels like a safe space for her. “I can write how I feel. Alt can be anything; it doesn’t have to be either happy or sad,” she says. Today, Bella’s lyrics are informed by her dreams, journal entries and the everyday challenges she confronts as a 15-year-old living in uncertain times. More than half of the lyrics for her latest single ‘She’s Good For You’—a relatable and hauntingly beautiful ballad about heartbreak—came straight out of the pages of her journal. “Turning something so negative into something so beautiful helps me to cope and move on,” she says. “As kids, all the songs we listened to were about Prince Charming and having the perfect life.” She hopes her music provides more of a reality check. “Life will push you down. But you always have to get up, no matter what.” Bella is a true star on the rise, with over 200,000 streams on Spotify and more than 160,000 listeners in 152 countries. Her single ‘Just A Game’ boasts over 100,000 streams alone, while ‘Dead Lies’ has over 40,000. Bella has also won multiple awards for her music videos: ‘Dead Lies’ won Best Music Video at the 2021 Toronto International Women Film Festival and ‘Just A Game’ took home Bronze at the 42nd Annual Telly Awards 2021 in New York. Both videos were also officially selected for the 2021 Montreal Independent Film Festival.
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