Produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice) and engineered by Jeff Peters (The Beach Boys) and Sheldon Gomberg (Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite), the album is a celebration of hard work, and the beautiful triumphs and tribulations of finding one's voice in an ever-changing world. 

Helen Rose lived in a tent inside her uncle's rent-controlled loft in New York, and worked in the service industry, in order to scrape together studio time and pay the musicians she knew simply had to play on her album. It was during this time that she was able to create the musical landscapes that form the foundation of Trouble Holding Back.

These recordings feature state of the art technology and musical craftsmanship, but with a rawness and edge that celebrates a time when digital alterations were not an option. This is real music, filled with real emotion.

The musical influences on display are clear - Bobby Gentry, Bessie Smith, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Linda Rondstadt, Emmylou Harris and Janis Joplin - but Trouble Holding Back is at the same time a truly original work, with a unique point of view that could only come from Helen Rose. 




"Just Before It Gets Dark" | Just Before It Gets Dark EP

"In My Time of Dyin' [Trad.]" | Live at the Monkey Room

"Trouble Holding Back" | Live at the Monkey Room

"Flatlands of North Dakota" | NPR Tiny Desk Competition