Singer/songwriter Rosi Golan at a concert at New York's Bowery Ballroom. Singer/songwriter Rosi Golan at a concert at New York's Bowery Ballroom. Rosi Golan got a late start in the music world but has made up for it with quick success. (Photo: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

The wonderful and weird story of Rosi Golan, Hollywood's go-to singer-songwriter

A chance encounter led Rosi Golan to begin playing and writing music. The rest is history.

To say that Rosi Golan's career had an unorthodox beginning would be something of an understatement. At the age of 21 she was working odd jobs in New York City when impulse and a chance encounter intervened to change her life.

"I heard a commercial on the radio for Guitar Center and ended up very randomly going there and putting down a deposit on a guitar," the Israeli singer-songwriter told From The Grapevine. "Then I had a very strange run-in with a psychic not long after and she told me my grandmother said I was meant to buy that guitar – and my grandmother had just died two weeks prior – so I bought it." The rest, as they say, is history.

Six relatively short years later, Golan got the break most musicians can only dream of – her song, "Shine," was featured in a national Pantene commercial. For Golan, however, those six years felt like forever.

"It didn't feel quick to me," she admitted. "I was working tables and every weird odd job for years. And when you're doing that in a city like New York, and working 16-hour shifts on your feet and trying to play music at the same time, six years feels like a long time. But I wasn't going to give up. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and I felt like I was doing the right thing."

This was in 2007, and the commercial gave her the financial means to independently produce and distribute her first record, "The Drifter and the Gypsy."

The title, she explained, goes to the heart of who she is. "My dad was a gypsy. I love to move and travel and be in different places," she said, and added that it's Israel that feels like home to her. "My stepdad is there, a ton of cousins are there and my grandmother is there. It's where I'm from. Every time I step foot in Israel I feel like I'm home," she said.

The album cover for Rosi Golan's first LP, "The Drifter and the Gypsy."Rosi Golan released her first album, "The Drifter and the Gypsy," in 2008. (Photo: Rosi Golan)

After the release of the "Drifter and the Gypsy" Golan got another boost when teen TV drama "One Tree Hill" featured one of her songs in an episode.

It's been something of a whirlwind for her ever since, with the release of two full length albums, two EPs, and various tours around the globe. Sometime this year she will release a new album, which she is currently completing in Los Angeles.

And through it all Hollywood has continued to support her. She's had songs placed in films such as "Dear John" and "You're Not You," which starred Academy Award winner Hilary Swank. TV shows that have featured her music include "Ghost Whisper," "Vampire Diaries," and "Gray's Anatomy."

This good fortune has not been lost on her. "I was so lucky that the film and TV community embraced me. It's one of the best ways to still sell records – which is really hard to do these days," she told us.

"Having the track record that I do – doing film and TV stuff – I've been lucky enough to keep the boat floating, selling CDs, and digital music and touring. That's all you can really ask for when you play music."

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The wonderful and weird story of Rosi Golan, Hollywood's go-to singer-songwriter
A chance encounter led Israeli singer Rosi Golan to begin playing and writing music. The rest is history.