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Big step: ABQ native Isabella Rosetta releases first single on Spotify

Albuquerque native Isabella Rosetta has released her first single, “Prescription Bottles,” on Spotify. (Courtesy of Brian Barnett)

Isabella Rosetta has a connection to music.

Growing up, the Albuquerque native often listened to her father drum around the house.

“I’m a fourth-generation musician,” she says. “I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember.”

After starting piano lessons at 5, she moved on to singing lessons at 7. Then at 12 she picked up guitar, and by 14, she was in the school choir.

Today, she is studying hospitality management at the University of San Francisco – virtually this semester.

“There’s so much more that I can do with it,” she says of her degree focus. “I can (work at) hotels anywhere. There are so many opportunities.”

And another life-changing moment happened – she’s released her first single, “Prescription Bottles,” on Spotify.

“A lot of people, including myself, struggle with depression and anxiety,” she says. “I just wanted something to bring me more happiness than just a pill.”

Rosetta wrote the song in 2019 in her dorm room in San Francisco.

Rosetta plays guitar on the single. She recorded the song at Empty House Studio in Albuquerque.

The pandemic brought her home to Albuquerque, where she is diving deep into the writing process.

She’s written a lot more since March than she wrote in 2019.

“Being quarantined, it’s giving me time to really sink into my notebook and just write,” she says. “I actually wrote ‘Prescription Bottles’ in 15 minutes. I ended up liking how it sounded, and I didn’t do any touch-ups there. I am a harsh critic on myself.”

Rosettta often writes from personal experiences, because it’s a release for her to get her thoughts on paper.

“I’ll keep adding and deleting things until I’m done,” she says. “It’s part of the process.”

Rosetta’s writing efforts will turn into an EP or album eventually.

She’s shooting to get something out by the beginning of 2021.

Having the single on Spotify is something she’s still trying to grasp.

“It really is a dream come true,” she says. “It’s very wild to look up my name on Spotify and have my single come up. It’s wild.”

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