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Like pop music? It's time to get to know Rozzi

There is passion in her voice, and strength and pain. A sound that shape shifts, drawing on influences from pop, to soul, to rock, to country. When Rozzi sings, audiences feel something.

"I know that she wrote from the heart. She sings from the heart, so she's going to be a star," said Zel, one of the lucky fans who watched Rozzi perform an intimate concert at the Star 101.5 Star Stage.

Rozzi is in the midst of a breakout year. Her new single "Never Over You" is all over the radio, she performed on Kimmel and she's got a full-length album on the way.

"It's so exciting. I just love having my music out and having people get to hear it," said Rozzi.

Music has been Rozzi's passion since grade school.

"When I was in 4th grade, I had a duo with my friend Emily," she laughs. "We called ourselves the Hot Sizzlin' Sisters, and we made a full a-cappella album of original material that we recorded into her parents early-2000's computer microphone. I still have it! I have proof I was always a songwriter at heart."

It's clear Rozzi is enjoying the moment, and the chance to perform her songs in front of audiences all over the country. She's earned it. She's been working for this moment since she was 19, when she was first discovered by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

"He literally sent me an email," she recalls. "I was at a college party, and he sent me an email. He basically was like, 'I don't have a label, but I'll make one if you'll be on it.' And I was like 'Yes! I have to leave this party immediately.'"

She released two EP's on Levine's record label and opened for Maroon 5 in the U.S. and Canada, but in 2016, Rozzi and Levine parted ways.

"It's something I really didn't want to have happen," she said. "I was so disappointed when the relationship with Adam didn't work out. It was scary. It was heart-breaking. It was all the things."

Yet, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

"It forced me to listen to this little voice in my head that was telling me there was more to me as an artist than I was really letting on, and I had more to say than I was really saying."

She took time off. Time to experience life. Time to get to know herself.

"I wrote a lot and I figured out how I wanted to sound and what I wanted to say. I don't know if I would have anywhere near as much of an understanding of who I am as an artist and as a person if that hadn't happened."

In the process of discovering herself, she discovered her voice. Now, finally, she's getting the chance to share it with the world.