The BuzzMusic team had the chance to talk to Kara Frazier for an exclusive interview, before her new single "Deliver Me" releases on October 19th, on all major platforms. Be sure to follow Kara Frazier social media for all updates - you're not going to want to miss this one!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
Jacksonville-native, Kara Frazier, is a pop-soul singer/songwriter whose signature voice has gained her comparisons to the likes of Adele, Florence + The Machine, and Amy Winehouse. The Nashville-based artist mentions retro artists Etta James and Nina Simone as some of her primary influences. Frazier’s sound blends Gospel/Jazz, R&B/Soul, Pop and Folk elements. She is currently working with GRAMMY Award-Winning songwriter/producer, Shannon Sanders (John Legend, India.Arie, P!nk) and co-producing with Warner/Chappell’s, Jeff Lusk. Frazier’s debut single is set for release Fall 2018.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
What can I say? I was born this way - ha! In all seriousness, Kara Frazier is my actual birth name. I chose to keep my birth name for my artistry because of the strong history behind the last name ‘Frazier’. Originating from an English and Scottish background, our motto was once a well-known war cry: ‘je suis prest’ which translates as ‘I am ready.’ I think that motto is very telling of my life and career at the moment.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
Yes, I write my own music and try to be as involved as possible in the production process. For ‘Deliver Me’ specifically, Shannon Sanders (India.Arie, John Legend, P!nk, Marc Broussard) co-wrote and produced it. My writing style has been described as lyrically “abstract” and vulnerable but I generally follow a pop song form with a few variants here and there. I love classic soul of the 50s and 60s as well as spirituals and hymns so that bleeds through into the music. Vocally, I incorporate as much soul as possible because that’s what comes naturally. My main goal as an artist is to cultivate passion-driven, conversation-starting concepts.
We’re really into your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
I think the main message of the song is found in its title. Deliverance means to be liberated or rescued from something. "Deliver Me” as a whole is an outcry for freedom and an acknowledgement of the often painful, enlightening process we walk through to reach the state of deliverance. My producer/co-writer, Shannon Sanders, and I used themes like bondage at the hands of something that holds us down, our own interpretation of the Serenity Prayer, and learning how to let go of past versions of ourselves that no longer serve us. Finally, when you're in a place of surrender, ready for growth and change, you can experience deliverance.
It's interesting because when I was in the studio writing it, I didn't even realize that it was a message I really needed to hear at the time. I've always considered myself an old soul with an intense sensitivity to the emotions of those around me. I feel things deeply and it's a hard balance for me to pour into people while also finding time to take care of myself. Because of this, I've found myself fighting through some complicated situations. These themes in my life seem to seep through my music. This song has been a big help through those struggles.
Who knows?! The music industry is a scary and exciting animal in that way; you just never know what’s coming next in your career. My plans as of now are to plan a release show in Nashville and Jacksonville, Florida (my hometown). I’m going to release several more singles I have waiting in the wings and begin touring through regions around Nashville. I’d love to collaborate with some local artists and DJ’s. Of course when I’m not traveling, I’ll have my head down in the studio writing and recording. My goal is to create a full album soon. Most of all, I intend to keep growing my fan base and getting better at my craft!What’s next for you?
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