It was while studying to be a nurse that singer/songwriter Roxanna witnessed first hand the healing power of music. Sitting bedside with a patient suffering from dementia, she sang gently to the elderly woman, who was no longer swallowing. “She looked into my eyes and for the first time, I saw her smile. And she began to eat,” Roxanna says. “The doctors were amazed.”
After becoming an RN in Toronto, again, Roxanna sang each night to a young man battling cancer while enduring a regimen of caustic treatment. When he was at last released from the hospital, the man’s father—with tears in his eyes—said to her, “My son is better because of the way you sang to him.”
With that, she realized that music, like medicine, is a great healer—and destiny would take her down a different path. “When I saw patients return to health, I knew my music could be useful in this world. Pursuing my dream as a singer was the happiest moment in my life,” Roxanna says. “There’s a quote from Shakespeare that goes, ‘If music be the food of love, play on.’ I like to put my own twist on it: ‘If music can heal your soul, it can also heal your body.’ No matter where you are from, what language you speak, music has the ability to soothe, revive and foster hope. It is truly universal, in any language.”
That theme is pervasive across the 12 songs comprising Roxanna’s debut album “Exotica,” released via RoxArt Inc. With a rich tapestry of velvety ballads and rousing, robust pop anthems of healing, forgiveness and strength—accompanied by the grandeur of string orchestration and jazz, Spanish and Flamenco influences—the sensual songbird has certainly found her calling.
“The album’s seductive allure, however, is not the focus nor is it the extent of Roxanna’s abilities, it is simply a byproduct of her ravishing vocals.” AXS
"Roxanna is a rare find in the music industry, not only does she have a phenomenal voice but she writes and produces too. Like Roxanna her music is an irresistible force that picks up the listener, instantly transporting them to a rare and sensual place rich in timeless elegance and joie de vivre!" James Scott
“One of the strongest new voices to come out over the last year belongs to a lovely woman known professionally as Roxanna.” Pontiac Daily Leader
“There is a lush and cinematic feel to the sound, one that should lend itself to radio play here. Add striking beauty to her strong vocals and you have the recipe for real success for Roxanna.” New Canadian Music