Even with all these accomplishments, Flores is extremely self-effacing. In fact, she really doesn’t seem to realize how successful she is. Still, she’s got the guts to keep her career going no matter what. “I’ve never really made it big,” she says, “so I can’t say every superstar has recorded one of my songs. Touring, that’s what I do. I worked hard in the ‘80’s; I established my name and now I’m out there putting out albums and touring. I do 180 dates a year on the road.” And in December, 2005, she’ll be releasing yet another new album, a Christmas CD called “Christmasvillle.” The crème de la crème of Nashville’s best artists, and musicians make guest appearances on the record.
For this writer, it’s hard to imagine someone being so dedicated for so many years, especially when today’s culture attempts to unveil a new set of icons every fifteen minutes. Though she’s firmly established in the country and rock and roll communities, and has a large and loyal following, Rosie is now fifty, and major labels are hardly throwing down millions to keep her afloat.
The reality for many artists is that long years of hard work rarely yield superstardom or grand wealth. Often the reward is simply being able to make enough money from one’s craft to continue playing music. These days, Rosie is proud that she can make ends meet on her own terms.
What’s the force that moves her along? Rather than a love for live gigs or the road, Rosie says it’s the creative process she can’t live without. When she writes a new song, she says she feels the essence of a higher power working through her. To Flores, even performing on its own does not equal the pleasure and the honor of bringing something new into the world. She never stops to take a vacation from her craft, because it is the crux of her life force. “God put me on this planet to do it,” she asserts.
“I’ve tried to quit a few different times when the going was tough,” Flores recalls. “I’d get to the point where I’d call everyone and tell them I was moving on. I’d go work in an office or a restaurant. But two or three months into the new job, I’d feel all twisted inside and depressed. I’d gain weight. I wouldn’t eat right. I wasn’t Rosie anymore.”
She’s had to make some tough decisions along the way in order to make her career top priority. Last year, she spent 180 days on the road, with many dates in Europe. Though she says she’s happy and wouldn’t trade this lifestyle for anything, she pauses for a minute when asked if it’s a lonely life.
“I do get lonely for male company,” Rosie admits. “It’d be nice to have a guy’s arms around me. I’ve been teased with a couple of relationships that almost turned into something, but the reality is that I’m geographically undesirable. I’m just not home very much. It takes a strong man to be supportive of what I do. He’s got to be trusting; maybe willing to come along for the ride.”