Rochelle Diamante Talks Music and Anti-Bullying!
Rochelle Diamante is a singer, songwriter, and blogger whose talents have won her admirers from all over the world.
We spoke to Rochelle Diamante about her musical aspirations, and what prompted her to make a video speaking out against bullying!
Rochelle has been singing for as long as she can remember. She kept her passion for singing a secret for a while, until she couldn't any longer.
"I was 10 when I realized singing was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," Rochelle said.
Rochelle's dad was a worship leader in their church, who would travel near and far with his worship team to perform. He even sang live on a TV gospel channel.
Rochelle's father was even offered recording contracts, but they wanted him to sing rock music rather than gospel.
"That wasn't something he was willing to do," Rochelle explained. "He is an incredible artist."
While Rochelle's mother wasn't a singer, she loved to dance, and introduced Rochelle to many types of music early on in her life.
"When I told my parents singing was what I wanted to pursue, they completely understood and supported me and my dad became my mentor," Rochelle said.
When she got a little older, Rochelle decided to take her talents to the internet to share her singing with a wider audience.
"The positive feedback and support I've received from viewers has been nothing less than a blessing!" She said. "I had no idea what to expect when I started posting videos but people seemed to like when I was doing,"
But Rochelle doesn't limit her channel to singing. She also takes the time to create thoughtful vlogs about important issues.
"My dream is not just to sing and perform music," Rochelle said. "It's to make an impact in people's lives in a positive way as well."
One way she decided to do that was to make a "Stand Up To Bullying" video.
"I started getting messages from some of my viewers telling me that they were being bullied and I realized that just like my viewers supported me, I need to support them in their time of need," she said. "So I uploaded a video against bullying and tried to give advice to those that were going through that. And I am no stranger to being a victim of bullying. I wasn't ever bullied in school or anyway in 'real life', but when I started my account on YouTube, I received love and some really harsh hate as well."
People called Rochelle terrible names, and told her never to sing again, but she didn't let it bring her down.
"I've been fortunate enough to have enough love and support that I don't let the hate affect me," Rochelle said. "Considering most people don't have the ability or support to brush those things off, I felt the need to speak out."
Rochelle sings not just covers, but also original songs. She's proven her songwriting talents with tracks including "Queen Bee," "Let You Go," and "Guiding Light."
"I've always loved writing! I was that little nerd that got sooo excited when the teacher said we were going to be writing essays or poetry," Rochelle said.
Rochelle started writing her own songs when she was just 11 years old. Often, her songs are inspired by something that happens in her life, or the life of a friend.
"Sometimes I simply sit down and say, 'I'm going to write a song.'" Rochelle explained. "And I do. I'll sit or lay down and wait and eventually a single word or phrase will come to my mind and then I'll start imagining a beat and rhythm to go with it."
From there, she develops a concept or story to go with the flow of the song.
"Once I imagine that, I just start writing and the whole time my head creates all the sounds and instruments that I want for the song and I'll open Pro Tools and figure out things on my piano and create a basic track and then I'll take it to the studio to produce it," she said.
Other times, she joins a session with producers and collaborates with them to create the right sound for the track.
Rochelle grew up listening to Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston and sites them as her musical inspirations.
"My biggest inspiration is Beyoncé though because I not only learn from the way she sings but also from the person she is and the performer she is," Rochelle said. "I love that she sings pop music but at the same time shows her vocal ability opposed to all auto tune."
Rochelle also sees Beyoncé as a fashion icon.
Currently, Rochelle is working on a music video for a new single called "Running."
"It's an original song of mine with a dance pop track I collaborated on with an amazing team of people!"
Interested in learning more about Rochelle? Check out her social pages!