[An] artist with strong instrumental skills, a compelling voice, and a knack for creating arrangements that are authentic and fresh.”

— Jean Hewson- Penguin Eggs Magazine

Short Bio

A decorated artist with MusicNL wins and ECMA nominations to her credit, Rosemary Lawton is no stranger to crafting an emotionally beautiful and soul-stirring tune. A classically trained violinist, with her roots firmly set in Newfoundland soil, Rosemary’s determination to learn and grow in her traditional heritage has taken her on a unique journey that has shaped her as a violinist, singer, songwriter, and storyteller. 

Her latest album “Canvas” is Rosemary’s first complete album of original music. The songs cover topics of love, loss, empowerment, and positivity. In previous projects, her music has been a hybrid of both classical and traditional genres. There is an underlying hint of classical influence in her unique arrangements of both traditional songs and her original compositions. In her albums “Untamed,” “Fierce,” and her song book “Resilience,” Rosemary explores traditional Newfoundland and Labrador songs that focus on tales of empowering women. Through these projects, Rosemary’s research is helping to bring female empowerment to the forefront of Newfoundland tradition. 

Rosemary Lawton is a music educator, and focuses on bringing traditional music into schools, and advocating for marginalized groups through her work. Through her creativity, and positivity, Rosemary is helping to enrich her community, and help make the world a better place one song at a time.

photo credit: Lindsay Ralph

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photo credit: Lindsay Ralph

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Press Links

Rosemary Lawton may sum up that marriage of traditional meets modern more than any rising artist on the island today. ”

The Newfoundland Herald

The young artist is making heads turn across the island and country. She attributes this success to her unique relationship with this province’s music tradition. “I have been a big advocate for promoting Newfoundland and Labrador music, and putting it out in modern and different ways."”

The Racket

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