rad. Bio

To rad. music is about connection. "With jazz chops, it's easy to start showing off, showing how fast you can play, how high you can jump," she says. "Sure I strive to be a fit musician, but I never try to be all things, to play all styles just to show I can. I only want to be true to my emotions and sincere in my passion, even if it means messing up a phrase or singing off tune. I want to capture the best feeling that music can bring no matter what we're throwing down. Hopefully, what I channel outwardly will be received inwardly by someone, anyone. That's key to performing."

rad. grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and began playing piano at the age of 4. In 1990 she completed her jazz studies at U.C. Berkeley. The West Coast music scene quickly got hip to rad.'s latin jazz chops and she was soon playing with legendary musicians like Pete Escovedo, Benny Velarde (Cal Tjader), Orestes Vilato (Santana), Ray Obiedo and David Garibaldi among others. Her move to Europe in 1991 marked the beginning of her solo career. With the encouragement of her husband and producer Michael Kirsch (co-founder of the Soulciety Record label), rad. became Rose Ann's solo project, a funk show spiced with latin flavors.

The debut LP radified (1992) catapulted rad. into the spotlight. It's hit single "Wishy" featured on the now classic "Soulciety Funky Family Compilation I" stormed European dancefloor charts and received "Album of the Month" awards in many prominent music publications throughout Europe.

Gotta Be (1994), the second release, was praised by critics, DJ's and fans alike. Its release in Japan put the track "Venus Drops" (featuring the Tower of Power Horns) into the Japanese Billboard Radio charts. Guest appearances on "Gotta Be" by Tower of Power, funk legend Roger Troutman (Zapp), England's Galliano posse, and respected Jazz heavies like Howard Johnson (Miles Davis, Carla Bley) broadened her musical acceptance beyond dance, r&b, and jazz audiences. Not long after, New York label Instinct Records released the track "Time to Change" from the first album, making it a local radio hit in the SF Bay Area, becoming the most requested song on KBLX for several weeks and also winning her fans throughout the East Coast and Canada.

In 1996 Michael and rad. split from Soulciety Records. Their return to California in 1997 brought the third CD on their new record label 7 Bridges Recordings entitled Higher Plane. The album was recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios and featuring an all-star cast including David Garibaldi on drums, Bobby Vega (Sly Stone) on bass, and Mark Russo (Yellowjackets) on saxophone.


Her fourth studio album, Make Every Second Count (2001) was a return to her rough funk sensibilties and featured the touring band including Ray Obiedo, David Garibaldi and Marc van Wageningen. The live CD rad. - Live at the New Morning, Paris was recorded on the Europe tour of fall of 2002 and was released in the beginning 2004. rad.'s sixth album East Babe came in February 2007 with contributions by John Blackwell & Sikiru Adepoju.

rad. has built a loyal following since she arrived on the scene with her solo project in the early 90's. Joined by a tastefully chosen cast of top notch musicians, her electrifying performances effortlessly ease through R&B, Brazilian, Afro-Cuba and Jazz styles topped with incredibly pumping funk jams.

rad. joined Prince's band in mid 2003 and toured with Prince & the NPG. TV Performances included the Grammys with Beyonce, Jay Leno & Ellen. rad. decided to leave the NPG in spring 2004 to concentrate on her new born daughter and the production of her fifth studio album East Babe. rad. and her band went on to tour much of the world in 2007.

rad.- Live in Japan recorded in Fall 2007 came out in 2008. Trombone legend Fred Wesley will join the rad. band for concerts in 2008. Check the Tour page for a list of current and past dates.

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