Today we’d like to introduce you to Kahra.
Kahra, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started writing songs in college because I loved to write and my best friend said, “You have to sing original songs in order to be a real artist, not just cover songs.” I’ve been singing in choirs since I was four so music and art have always been in my life. I currently have about seven albums out but it’s been a journey for me just writing and getting better at the whole process. I believe what got me here today was the slow, persistent, steadfast, stubborn journey of writing, singing, and recording whenever I can, week by week. Everyday trying to do something to move my career forward. Because weeks and daily efforts add up!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Ever since Napster, careers as a songwriter diminished as well as the music business in general. People don’t even have CD players anymore so most top artists make most of their money from playing live. I did a tour with a group of upcoming talent last year, and it’s like a Catch 22 (I have a song that was featured in a film with this title). If they haven’t heard of you, they probably won’t come to your concert, but radio wants to play artists with a following. Despite the desolate outlook of the industry, every time I’m in the studio, I know that I have a special talent for singing and songwriting that not many have. I believe that when God gives you a gift it is simply a sin not to share it with the world the best that you can because you never know until you go for it! I would never have guessed I would be singing in front of Simon Cowell on a stage in front of 4,000 with no fear!
I have found other ways to make money with my talents by writing jingles, teaching voice lessons, doing impersonations, and kids parties as Disney Princesses which is very rewarding and has made me a better performer. This music business chooses you! If it is in your heart, then I encourage all young women to go for it! I heard Taylor Swift learned the guitar to stand out. Every voice is different. You owe it to yourself and the world to follow your journey to your fullest potential, however not impending on your moral code as it certainly will be tested in this industry with seedy individuals looking to prey on young women who would do “anything” to make it. I like that I have the freedom to write and sing about any subject I feel like singing about. I’m not pointing fingers at “sell-outs”, but certainly stars need to be careful and avoid specific topics altogether because of sponsorships and other politics that come with being at the top. As Barbara Streisand sang in her latest song, “everyone answers to someone.”
What should we know about your work? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
In pursuit of promoting my original music in order to stand out, I’ve gotten involved with many things! I won a few pageants titles; “Miss Florida US Nation 2014” and “Miss US Nation 2016”. I wrote a song titled “Look At Her (US Nation Beauty Queen)” for the organization which was on my album Whistleblower along with its music video on YouTube showing the pageant journey. Also, on the same album is a song titled, “Here come the Strikers” that I sang during “half-time” live with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Cheerleaders doing a choreographed song to it! Really wish I got a better video of that performance, but nevertheless a dream come true for any artist to sing an original song during a sporting event. I have sung the National Anthem at sporting events such as BMX Bike Racing and Strikers Pro-Soccer games broadcast on ESPN3.
I am probably most known for my performances all around South Florida through MiamiSuperhero.com as Disney Princess, Stars, Villains, and Superheros. What sets me apart is my fearlessness, ability to play diverse characters, thinking on my feet, and uplifting the crowd knowing that every performance may not be perfect, but to do my best with what is happening. I also have an acting agent and thus have gotten onto sets of major films and TV shows, although even this industry in South Florida isn’t as big as it used to be due to politics. Since I paint using acrylic, I also can perform singing and painting at the same time! There is a video of me doing this on my YouTube channel as well as paintings for sale at Ray’s Guitars N’ Gear in Miami Springs and my website. I’m most proud of my ability to challenge what can be done!
Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
It is important to be opened minded as to what opportunities cross your path even though it might seem not exactly what you expect, but to actively make the best of them. Always opening doors and keeping them open, because sometimes connections can take time to create fruit. Cross-branding for industry exposure has worked well, like working with other artists and organizations to promote songs. Keep doing what you love!
- Wonder Woman single on iTunes 7 mixes for $6.93
- Whistleblower Album on Amazon 13 song mp3 for $8.99
- Mermaid Tales Album on Amazon Audio CD $15.98
- Address: Song/Jingle Writing Requests:
Karamark Publishing LLC
2520 Coral Way Suite 2089
Miami, FL 33145
- Website: www.kahramusic.com
- Phone: 3055197917
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Kahramusic
- Facebook: Kahra Keyes
- Twitter: Kahramusic
- Other: Soundcloud: Kahramusic