Rochester, NY native Angelo Rose is set to release his new album Glisten on Aug. 30. The first single from the release, "There’s A Hole,” is out now. See the video premiere on Folknrock.com.
All proceeds from sales, streaming, and downloads of the album and single will be donated to Haiti humanitarian efforts and St. Damien Pediatric Hospital.
“When our small group landed in Port-au-Prince, it was readily apparent that Haiti was strung together by the thinnest of threads. Amidst the chaos, fractured housing and penetrating unknowns, St. Damien Children's Hospital is an oasis. The doctors, nurses, employees and volunteers tirelessly devote each day to saving lives. The hospital is a clean, incredibly well run sanctuary for an endless sea of children in dire need of medical care. Clean, potable water is infinitely sparse. Quality medicines are desperately needed at St. Damien, as are funds to acquire vital medical equipment” explains Rose.
Make a donation to St. Damien Pediatric Hospital by purchasing the song here.
On his new album Glisten, Rose delivers a heartfelt collection of soulful anthems. The album starts off with “A Little Too Long” while the song “There’s A Hole” is a soul-searching tale. “Love This Town” is a tribute to the grit and personality of New York City. As you listen to the songs on Glisten, you take a journey with Rose, who not only wrote, produced and sang on every track, but also played every instrument throughout the ten-song set.
“I had absolutely no involvement with Haiti, but shortly after the 2010 earthquake, I had a dream and in it was the melody for my song 'Under the Mango Tree.' I woke up at 3 am, wrote the whole song and had no idea what to do with it or why the tragedy there had such an impact on me. I knew that a mother of one of my closest friends from high school had done some work with an organization there. I reached out to her, and she filled me in on St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. She helped to open my eyes to what was going on there, I recorded the song and enlisted family-friend Grammy award winner Neal Cappellino to produce. We released the song with all proceeds benefitting the children's hospital in Port-au-Prince. I remained involved trying to help through some other projects. On November 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck the tiny island. I wrote and recorded 'Haiti's Rain' and released it as a pay-what-you-want single. People were kind, generous, and we were able to raise a decent amount of money. Shortly after this, a spot opened on a trip to Haiti, and I was able to tag along for a 'heart mission' at St. Damien in January 2017. It impacted me indelibly, left scars on my soul I will never lose." says Rose
In 2017 Rose released the album, Afterglow and all proceeds from sales, streaming and downloads exclusively benefitted the children of St. Damien's Pediatric Hospital. The album is currently streaming in over 30 countries. Rose continues his journey with the release of Glisten.
Follow this link for more on St. Damien's Pediatric Hospital.
Hear him tell his story on Rochester Storytellers Project.