Roxanna

Imagine, if you will, the splendor of majestic, sumptuous quarters within a Spanish villa, adorned with plush velvet couches and rich wine-colored tapestries. Now look out the window at the vista: a regal castle in the distance, green mountains on one side, and the calming ripple of the Mediterranean Sea to the other.

This is the visual equivalent of the sonic signature Roxanna intends to share with the masses. Among the Canadian singer/songwriter’s first recordings from upcoming debut album “Exotica” is “Only You,” which serves as a case in point: It was originally recorded as “Como Tú” by her elegant idol, Julio Iglesias, which she adapted into English.

“Julio… the most sensual, luxurious, vulnerable sound in the world,” Roxanna purrs, when discussing her muse. “I want to be the female version, bringing back romance to contemporary music. I believe the world is hungry to hear songs about love. Enough about bad romance and hate and war. Music should be easy on the ear.”

She certainly brings a world of experience to her passion—literally. Roxanna was born in Iran in the midst of an ongoing war with Iraq. As a child, she turned to music for balance and calm, and would phonetically mimic the English- language songs of Olivia Newton-John, performing for friends and family as if she were the famed singer, despite the fact that her hair was as dark as ONJ’s is blonde.

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