“Rosanna Palmer is not a rock star. She is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and a dynamic live performer. But she is definitely not a rock star.
This fiery redhead with the amazing voice could have been a rock goddess. All the qualities are there. Good looks, great vocals and an imposing stage presence. Clad in black and red leather, wielding a Gibson electric guitar as frontperson for an aggressive three-piece hard rock outfit, this lady can ROCK.
On stage, flanked by banks of lights and surrounded by swirling smoke, Rosanna Palmer is relaxed, comfortable, in control. The strength of her singing voice emphasises her authority as a veteran rock’n'roll performer.
Off stage, Rosanna is softly spoken, shy and unobtrusive. In 1979-1980, Festival Records, one of Australia’s largest mainstream music distributors, marketed Rosanna’s records throughout the country. She had a recording deal, a contract with a major company, singles on sale in record stores around the nation. A dream still pursued by countless artists throughout the world.
But Rosanna’s reactions to the hype accompanying the release of her singles and an aversion to the so-called rock’n'roll lifestyle caused her to carve out an unusual career path.
Choosing to avoid the excesses of the mainstream music business, she pursued a life as a musician with a strong belief in her God-given talent. And with an even stronger commitment to the God she believes is responsible for her every move.
For most of the 1980s, Rosanna Palmer was recognised throughout Australia as the lead vocalist/guitarist in the band Rosanna’s Raiders. By the decade’s end, she was receiving mail from the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Finland and Switzerland. The correspondence generated by the worldwide release of two Rosanna’s Raiders rock albums somehow found its way Down Under.
Rosanna is a prolific songwriter who has penned scores of rock songs and dozens of praise and worship oriented choruses.
Away from the spotlight, she is quiet, unassuming and speaks in a whisper-like voice. She smiles a lot. Her eyes sparkle in conversation, especially when the topic centres on Jesus.
Rosanna’s strong Christian faith and her love of music have enabled her to join together the things that matter most. She no longer sings about boy-meets-girl scenarios. Instead, her material deals with other realities of life…..child abuse, loneliness, the search for God, good and evil, sorrow and joy. Recurring themes in her writing include warnings of the devil’s deceptions and passionate pleas to consider a commitment to Christ.
Rosanna Palmer has influenced many lives. She lives in the real world where she encounters real people, many of them desperately searching for Truth. Her songs have penetrated pagan pubs; her choruses have encouraged Christians around the world.”
- from the book ‘Rosanna…rock’n'roll believer’ by Vic Campbell.