Since 2010 she has fronted the Rosie Burgess Trio, a folk, roots and blues band, with Sam Lohs on percussion and Tim Bennett on bass guitar. In 2004 Burgess had a side project as a hip hop, electronic artist, Panika, and she also worked as DJ Phobic. Rosie Burgess has recorded five albums:, Humble Pie (5 May 2007),, Leap (1 November 2010), and Before I Secretariat Sail (2 March 2012).
At the age of four, Burgess started playing piano.
Her instrumentation includes electric violin, harmonica, ukulele, guitar, mandolin, and a makeshift drum kit. In 2004 she worked in Melbourne as a hip hop, electronic artist under the name, Panika, and issued a five-track extended play, 2 for Breathing, in November that year.
Also in that year she performed as DJ Phobic, mixing "underground Australian hip hop with her own trax". In June 2007 National radio station, Triple J"s Zan Rowe named Panika"s track "Bezerk" as her Catch of the Day and felt it was "a great tune, short and snappy with some tidy production" as an example of "Uke-hop? Yep, ukelele with hip-hop beats.
Very tidy stuff". As an acoustic folk singer-songwriter she issued, Viewed (Though a Little Distracted), in February 2005.
Her recordings and live performances have met with critical praise. According to Soulshine"s reviewer in 2006 her "quirky and original tunes are captivating audiences wherever she goes. Her high energy live shows and many live-to-air radio performances have secured her a growing fan base of acoustic blues & roots lovers around the globe".
She signed with Fogsongs, a Sydney publishing group, and her album, Humble Pie, which appeared in May 2007 was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distribution.
Later that year Groove Merchants" writer noted that by "Playing straight from the heart, Rosie keeps herself warm with her skillful rootsy guitar, harmonica and mandolin playing, singing up a storm everytime she takes the stage. Her music flows out of her whole body – at times edgy and intense, at times raw and beautiful, it is always original and gripping".
In 2008 Burgess received a grant of $6000 from Arts, Victoria to undertake a tour of Western Australia including performing at the Nannup Festival in March. She has performed extensively in Australia and North America at festivals such as the Woodford Folk Festival, Musikfest, and California Worldfest.
She has toured the United States and Canada.
Personal life Rosie Burgess is a self-taught musician and formed her own record label, Payne Street Records in 2001. She became a vegetarian from age 14, since 2001 she has been a vegan, and is an animal rights activist.