Rosey was bon Nancy Joy Kaye on September 15, 1972, in Stamford, Connecticut. Music was in her blood, as her parents were lifelong singers, both grandparents were musicians (one played the organ and the other was a radio DJ and classical pianist in the 1940s) and both her grandmothers were music teachers.
From a young age, Rosey loved music and would rummage through her parent’s extensive record collection, and she had a particular fondness for The Beatles.
She attended Boston’s Emerson College and immersed herself in everything music-related that she could. She worked on the college radio station and used it as a platform to experiment with everything from world to urban sounds. She had jobs working for music promoters and worked at various clubs. She even found different jobs with music labels in L.A. and New York.
It was when Rosey first picked up a guitar, however, that she had what she described as “an awakening.” She moved to San Francisco and formed a band, playing local venues like restaurants and slowly working her way up to bigger venues like The Bottom of the Hill and Bimbo’s. After a while, Rosey moved to New York and started playing regular haunts, such as Spy, the Mercury Lounge, the Bitter End, and CBGB’s. Her demo received lots of buzz until it landed in executives’ hands at Island Def Jam and landed her a record deal. Island Def Jam released Rosey’s debut Dirty Child in 2002.
Around the same time leading up to her album release, Rosey’s songs were also getting play on several movie and TV soundtracks. In 2001, her song “Love” was featured in Bridget Jones’s Diary starring Rene Zellweger, and her song “Afterlife” was in the flick Shallow Hal with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black. Rosey’s single “I Remember” was also in a 2007 episode of the TV show Men In Trees starring Anne Heche.
In a bold but smart move, Rosey turned to her more soulful side with the release of 2008’s The Luckiest Girl. The self-produced jazz album was the perfect platform to showcase the smooth, smoky vocals for which Rosey is hailed. And music critics were impressed with the range Rosey demonstrated on the album.