Summerville native Irene Rose is using her music to try to change the world one song at a time. Her music and mission are in perfect harmony. She’s our Everyday Hero.
Irene Rose has traveled the world as a missionary. She says, “We went to Thailand, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand. I also traveled the United States as a missionary as a children’s minister with Life Action Ministries. I came back, went to Charleston Southern as a youth minister, and I’ve been doing youth ministry performing ever since. I used to be a country singer, and now I’m a children’s singer.”
Through her company Once Upon a Party, she uses costumes and her music to teach children life lessons. “I go around do shows teaching about being kind, and telling the truth to children. I think it’s very important to talk to them in a way they understand. I dress up as different characters, and I teach them from the perspective of a princess that being beautiful is having a beautiful heart, and caring about people. Being a superhero is about standing up for what’s right, and defending the weak, so I dress up as different characters, and do it from a perspective children will connect with,” says Rose.
She volunteers her time at special needs events and schools. Irene also focuses on anti bullying initiatives. “I focus on what to do as opposed to not what to do. I use the music to promote the message in a positive way and give children practical tools to not bully but to be a friend.”
In addition to uplifting children, Irene also works to fight a serious dark issue, preventing human trafficking. She says she just wants to protect children any way she can. Rose says, “I started a program called “Stop Traffic” about seven years ago, where we organize salon fundraisers for girls going to prom, because high school girls are the prime target. A lot of salons in the area donated services.” She’s also organizing another event. “My friends and I are organizing a benefit at the Charleston Music Hall on October 23rd. It’s in conjunction with Operation Underground Railroad. They’ve come out with a documentary that is trying to raise awareness about the victims of human trafficking. I’ve been involved with that for about seven years through different organizations.”
Irene says parents let her know she is making a difference in the lives of children. “I am trying to change the world one song at a time for sure. I am hoping that when these children leave preschool, they know what’s right. Now whether they chose to do it or not, they know because Ms. Irene Rose taught them to love your neighbor and be kind. Music is powerful, and I hope to put some good music out there. It fulfills my soul. I had a record deal out in Nashville as a country singer. I got a bunch of songs on the radio, and I was very unfulfilled, because it was all about me, and I feel if you have a voice, and you have a stage, and people listen to you, you just better be saying something worth saying. I didn’t feel like I was, and so I switched to children’s music, and now I can’t get enough of it. I love it.”
The special screening of the Operation Underground Railroad documentary at Charleston Music Hall will be held October 23rd at 7 p-m. They are hoping to fill 900 seats. The event is free, but you have to RSVP online. Click here for more information: https://ourrescue.org/. For more information on Irene Rose, click here: www.irenerosemusic.com www.onceuponaparty.org.