b. c.1972, Bronx, New York, USA. After a youth spent singing in school and church choirs, and a course in classical music at New York's Mannes College, Roz broke through in 1994 with what she described as "sassy hop". She had originally come to prominence in hip hop circles when D-Nice invited her to sing on "Get In Touch With Me", from his To The Rescue album. After this D-Nice agreed to make his rapping skills available for Roz's debut single, "A Yo Ah'lte (Hey Yo Alright)". This track, originally based on another song, "So What", was created in the studio with producer Carl Bourelly, after he invited the singer to introduce some chants - the resulting "Aaa-Yo's" being so distinctive they gave the track its title. Roz subsequently wrote the rest of the song around that hookline. It was Bourelly who first discovered the young singer at a local nightclub, before launching her on the session-singing market. She had already recorded as backing vocalist for Dannii Minogue, the Hi-Five and Melissa Morgan, and toured with Monie Love, before she embarked on her solo career.
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