Rosie Bell is a fabulous Irish songwriter/artist who took a decade-long hiatus from pop music but is now roaring back with a new single called “Cursed.”

The song is about falling in love with a vampire, and who could blame her? Most vampires in the movies are astonishingly good-looking: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and a young Frank Langella.

Bell began her career writing about pressing social ills like homelessness and bullying. Now she’s having a blast writing songs about dating the undead. Whatever the topic, it’s great to have new music from Rosie Bell, whose new EP will drop in May.

“Cursed” is a fabulous song that sounds ready-made for movies and TV. Have you tried getting sync placements in vampire movies, etc.?

Thank you! I have played it for a sync agent before it was completed, but it does paint a lot of pictures when you hear it so that might not suit sync so well. I am hoping that someone hears it and likes it well enough to challenge that, though!. It was actually inspired by the character Elijah Mikaelson from The Originals TV show.

You live about an hour north of Dublin. Do you perform there occasionally – or co-write with any Dublin writers?

Yes, I live just south of the border in Dundalk. We have some great local live music venues, especially The Spirit Store that has hosted some of the best talent in the world. When I started writing it was always my dream to have my own show there one day. Luckily, I have had a few there now and hopefully I can set up an EP launch show there in May. I haven’t really done much co-writing with Irish writers (I should remedy that immediately), as a lot of my writing has been for other artists in the Nashville country/pop space. I have also written a good deal with some UK writers at various writer gatherings. It’s a great learning experience to work with writers from different places and across different musical genres.

What type of music did you write/record before your 10-year hiatus from recording?

Oooh, good question!! When I started out, I wrote a lot of songs that were very personal and were more in the folk and Americana genres. I also seem to have written a bunch of songs about homelessness, bullying and nursing homes LOL. So not necessarily the type of songs you’d want to hear on your morning commute! 

Have you ever visited Nashville, or do you co-write with Nashville writers primarily by Zoom?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited Nashville twice now for writing weeks. The first time was back in 2018 and I got to meet a lot of wonderful people who became my lifeline when lockdown hit. I pretty much moved to Nashville ‘virtually’ at that time. I was at no disadvantage because everyone was also writing on Zoom. Some of the songs written during that time are ones I am proudest of.