A native of New York’s Hudson Valley and graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Sam DeRosa will be releasing her new fan-funded EP Heartbeats & Heartbreak on 11 December. In advance of that we’ve got the new lyric video for the track “I Wanna Love You”, which finds DeRosa incorporating gentle funk into her already effervescent sound.
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