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Keston Rosales: Music on my mind

Keston Rosales; a smooth voice and easy-going style are his trademarks.

Music is a lifelong passion for Keston Rosales. Having rendered an array of musical selections for over 22 years, Keston Rosales has graced Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean region and many countries around the globe with a unique sound that creates a unique ambiance for his audiences.

Rosales hails from the historical town of Moruga located along Trinidad’s southern coastline where in 1498 Christopher Columbus sighted the Trinity hills which inspired the country’s name. His humble upbringing in this sleepy fishing village has influenced his musical style which has a very earthy, rootsy vibe. Rosales gives credit also to his mother Theodora Rosales who nurtured his love for music from a tender age, “ I grew up listening to my mother singing and dancing to the late Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross with their groovy soulful music which deeply influenced the way I sing and perform today.” Rosales began singing with his church choir at the tender age of ten. Like fine wine, Keston has matured over time into a highly talented, multi-faceted musical professional. Among the cords in his arc are those of singer, performer, songwriter and producer. Thanks to his involvement with the group H2O Phlo he was introduced to new musical genres. Later, the live band known as 2G opened the way for a fusion of musical genres which has positioned Rosales as an all-round artiste who breathes, eats and sleeps sensational music inspired by R&B as well as Pop music with Caribbean influences.

Not one to miss a beat, Rosales seizes the opportunity to acknowledge his religious upbringing as a major factor fuelling his versatile career. His ‘chance meeting’, as he calls it, with artists sharing similar aspirations eventually led to the formation of the group H2O Phlo. The release of their first single entitled ‘A Little Closer’ (2003) really propelled them into stardom. The success of this single opened doors and led them to share the stage with a host of international artistes including James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Lionel Richie, Sting, Ziggy Marley, John Legend, while featuring front and centre for many concert events locally.

Rosales is proud to have been awarded, alongside H2O Phlo, two (2) gold medals for ‘World Music’ and a silver medal for ‘Original Music’ at the World Music Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood, California. So what’s next? Fans can expect nothing less than exceptional quality as he continues to blend Caribbean flavour with sounds we know and love. Rosales says, “Along this musical journey I've grown mentally and spiritually. Traveling has opened my eyes in a new way. There’s nothing more exciting than meeting new people, hearing their stories and being inspired. As such because of this journey I am well prepared to face what's ahead.”

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