APHROSE is an independent Soul artist from Toronto, Canada. Raised in the culturally diverse neighbourhoods of Scarborough, Aphrose’s musical tastes were shaped by all the various genres present in her Trinidadian household. Soul and gospel are obvious influences, while she’s also inspired by traditional styles such as Soca, Calypso, Reggae but also Bollywood soundtracks and even Country.
Taking her audience with her every step of the way, Aphrose has a reputation in Toronto for her powerful and soaring R&B vocal stylings fronting and supporting the many bands and artists she performs with. She had the honour of working with and learning from industry heavyweights such as Daniel Caesar, Lee Fields & The Expressions, JP Saxe, & Nikki Yanofsky, to name a few.
Life-changing experiences inspired her to honour her family history and take on the artist name of Aphrose. In her own words, she explains the significance of this name. “I’ve been raised and taught by some of the strongest, most loving women in the world. My mother's birth name was Aphrose and I chose my new name to honour her and the many powerful women in my life who give me strength and purpose.”
Aphrose released her first single, 'The Middle' (produced by Scott McCannell, Giordan Postorino & Jim JR.) in June of 2017 and 'Move On' (produced by Scott McCannell) in February 2018, and is making waves with her music amongst fans and critics alike. Her latest single “Make Your Mark” was released in January 2019 and was premiered exclusively on Earmilk Magazine, as well as featured as “Song of the Week” on CBC’s Here & Now radio show. She can be heard lending her vocal talents for a nationally televised Toronto Raptors commercial in support of the playoffs and finals.
Her latest accomplishment found her singing to sold out crowds as the tour opener for Canadian power couple Raine Maida (of Our Lady Peace) and Chantal Kreviazuk’s new collaborative project Moon vs Sun.
Her sound has been described as old meets new; Aphrose combines powerful vocals with her love for live instrumentation, to create music that illustrates her reverence for not only soul iconoclasts like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, but also the influence of contemporary artists like Sza and Teyana Taylor.
Aphrose has new singles, visuals and EP all slated to release in 2019.