Fontana was born in Brooklyn, New York in the United States. Her parents were working class Italian-Americans from Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant slums. Fontana spent her childhood in the 1960s a few blocks from the childhood home of writer Arthur Miller, in the predominantly Italian and Jewish neighbourhood of the part of Brooklyn bordering Midwood and Bensonhurst. It was here in 1968 that she developed an interest in fashion design after a child modelling try-out in a Lexington Avenue agency in New York City. Fontana developed her songwriting, guitar playing, singing and journal writing, living in Elmont, Long Island, US, during the 1970s. An avid music fanatic, Fontana ran an international fan club for Rolling Stone Brian Jones, which was officially recognized by the Rolling Stones, in the mid- to late 1970s.
Fontana has over 80 compositions registered with the United States Copyright Office, authoring both lyrics and music.
Fontana began her music career at New York City nightclubs during the 1980s. This included multiple performances at CBGB, The Bitter End, and Webster Hall, among many others. Fontana’s bands The Blue Way, Kid Blue, and Ruzenka and the Big Dream, were male rock groups that Fontana dominated by writing all of the material, and fronting. She also performed under her name Roseann Fontana for a number of shows, from acoustic shows to fronting bands as a solo artist. Fontana recorded unreleased material until her first release in 1999. The unreleased material included a popular Fontana song called, “Lifetrap” which was mixed by Ivan Kral during Iggy Pop recording Sessions for the album Party. Kral also added synthesizer and keyboards to the track.
In the early 1980s Fontana relocated to Los Angeles, which she has made her home at various times in her life since. Roxanne played the club circuit of Los Angeles in the early 1980s. In the mid-1980s Fontana travelled on her own to Europe and lived two summers in Holland, recording with a local rock band in Arnhem on the border of northern Germany. Fontana returned home seeking to release the recorded music, which went unreleased for decades.
Fontana took up residence again in New York and shortly thereafter appeared on the cover of the East Village’s local newspaper Downtown where she was labelled, “The Hippest Lady In New York”. Fontana soon after left for Los Angeles again before returning to New York in the mid-1990s to form the psychedelic group Ruzenka and the Big Dream with drummer Rich Teeter from New York punk rock group the Dictators. That group lasted several years, playing residencies at the Bitter End, and recording at Electric Lady Studios. In 1993, Andy Warhol assistant, poet, and photographer Gerard Malanga wrote of Fontana during that time. He predicted Fontana as “the voice reaching the millennium.” Rock writer and musician Lenny Kaye referred to her music as "shimmering nighttime pop. [READ FULL BIO]
Time Won’t Wait
Produced by Jack Douglas
SOUNDCLOUD “TIME WON'T WAIT”
From the Artist:
The song was written hours before John's death. The lyrics begin, "I've looked out every window to find the sun, it seems that something's wrong now some damage done." And the rest of the lyrics are coming from a woman pining for a man that she would never meet. Time, meaning destiny, will not wait for the opportunity that the woman seeks. The song turned out to be prophetic, and written by a Beatles fan who was a 21 year old songwriter. It affected future writings in that it most definitely inspired me. If I could write a song that contained such a special intuition as well as the inherent music and lyric talent, that was evidence that music was my calling.
The song will be released for sale on December 8th through iTunes and CDBaby.