Maggie Rose Talks More Dreams > Dollars

“I Have a Strong Sense of Who I Am and That’s Many Things.”

Maggie Rose has never pursued music for the money or the glory. To her, it’s a calling.

And chasing dreams has made her a rising master of reinvention. In 2009, she was introduced to the mainstream as Margaret Durante with a cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” as her debut single. In 2011, she dropped the name, cut her hair, went platinum and resurfaced as Maggie Rose.

In 2012, “I Ain’t Your Mama” from Cut to Impress was country radio’s most-heard single by an independent female artist. The singles and the EPs she’s released since have shown that she can sing anything and sing it well.

When fans hear her latest EP, More Dreams > Dollars, she hopes it’s reflective of the Nashville that has shaped her craft for the last decade. She partnered with producer and hit-maker Jimmy Robbins for the latest project and as an independent artist, she has a newfound freedom in releasing music as she creates it.

“It’s my interpretation of country and all the elements that brought me to Nashville in the first place, which is lyrical substance,” she said of the new EP during our interview. “The title track really represents this stage of my life right now with being independent, being hungry, but being fueled by my dreams and my dedication to my craft and to myself. And it’s for everyone who’s grinding it out.

“I meet so many people who are doing this not because anyone is telling them to. It’s because they have a calling,” she added. “And there’s something really glamorous about that to me. It’s not the typical things that you would expect to be associated with glamour.

“But it’s about that period of time in anyone’s life where you make sacrifices to do what you think is the best that you can do, and what plays to your strengths. ’More Dreams Than Dollars’ encapsulated the entire project because this is the most natural thing for me to do is to put music out and create. Even if it’s on a budget, I’m going to make sure it’s damn good.”

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