Former Poker Pro Vanessa Rousso Releases “Kiss Face” Song

January 26, 2017

vanessa-selbst-djUp until 5 years ago, Vanessa Rousso was a regular on the poker tournament circuit and sponsored by PokerStars. But over the last few years, she’s been pursuing her passion of being a DJ and making dance music. Now, Rousso will release her first single – “Kiss Face” – on February 5th.

Kiss Face was put together with Melissa Ouellet, Rousso’s long-term partner and mentor. Ouellet has had a long and successful career in the music business, making her a great person to learn from. Here’s a look at the official tweet from Oullet’s Twitter account announcing the song:

“Lookout @N1TEL1TE is about to drop our first OFFICIAL release ‘Kiss Face’ on @VanessaRousso’s bday Feb 5th!#Music”

Rousso spoke about her single further by saying that it was supposed to be a tune playing in the background of English singer-songwriter Adele’s song “Hello.” But she and Ouellet liked the track so much that they decided to use it as a standalone song.

As for Rousso’s background in this space, she studied at the Berklee College of Music and has been interested in this type of career for years. Furthermore, Rousso likes the vibe that she gets from a music career better than simply winning money off other poker players.

“The thing about music is you’re actually connecting with people and making them feel positive emotions in a very different way from the way I interact with people at the poker table,” she explained, “and it was kind of like the missing link for me. It was like your soul kind of like has the need to connect with other people.”

For her poker career, Rousso has won over $3.5 million since starting out in 2005. She quit playing a heavy schedule in 2011 to focus on other things like her music career. But she’s continued to min-cash in various tourneys, including the 2016 WSOP Colossus II.