Although born in Nashville, Tennessee, Rose Moore started her music career at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota after her family relocated. Formal training in theory/composition, piano, guitar and later voice all directed her onto a recording career in 1994 under the name Cherokee Rose. Two subsequent independent CD releases earned local, regional and national songwriting awards. Selected as one of twelve artists to perform at an all Native American showcase held at SXSW in 1997 brought her to the attention of John Wooler of then Virgin Records US. On the strength of her 15 minute set, he selected her to do a re-mix of the track "Dawa" from the internationally acclaimed CD "Sacred Spirits", which became a featured track on the 1998 release of Pure Moods II. Working with producer The Brave, Rose later contributed two tracks to the follow-up CD, "Sacred Spirits II".