Wednesday, March 12, 2008
New Artist Spotlight - Karina Pasian
While most teenagers wish their voices can be heard about different issues, Karina Pasian speaks for them in her catchy, debut single, "16 at War," which is an anthem of independence and admiration. The newly signed Def Jam R&B recording artist is only 16, but well on her way to becoming the next "it" girl to hit the airwaves. Her song is already in heavy rotation at New York City radio stations.
This New York native's strong voice has caught the ear of many heavy-hitters in the industry, including the legendary musical genius -- Quincy Jones, who happens to be her godfather. Her powerful, yet pristine voice has even been heard at the White House where she performed last year for an Emilio Estevez-produced event. Karina has also worked with popular artists such as Chris Brown, The Dream, Ne-Yo and others.
Having had a passion for singing since a toddler, Karina is a record company's dream -- she's talented, likable and is cute as a button!
I recently had a chance to speak with the musical ingenue.
Check out our Q&A:
BGG: How did you get signed to Def Jam?
Karina: My A&R, Shakir Stewart, called L.A Reid and told him that he had to come and hear me. L.A Reid was actually on his way to Paris, but came back, heard me and signed me on the spot. Jay-Z closed the deal. There was actually a bidding war for me between record companies, but I decided to go with Def Jam.
BGG: Who are your musical inspirations?
Karina: Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Beyonce.
BGG: Describe your musical style and what people can expect to hear on your forthcoming release?
Karina: It's more like real R&B with pop/dance and hip-hop. It's definitely real R&B.
BGG: What sets you apart from other artists out right now?
Karina: I think the main thing that separates me from other people who are out, is the message that I deliver. I sing and perform songs that have substance, integrity and story lines that touch people. I really want my music to change people's lives.
BGG: Who would you like to work with in the industry that you haven't worked with already?
Karina: Stevie Wonder! I admire him a lot. It would really be a pleasure to work with him.
BGG: What do you want to be known for in the music industry?
Karina: I want to be known as a real artist who is not labeled as Hispanic, but a person who respects herself and has substance.
Here is her song, "16 at War." She doesn't have a video for it yet, but I thought you guys might want to hear it!
BGG: What do you do in your spare time for fun?
Karina: I'm just a regular girl. I still go to school. I love to talk on the phone and go to the movies. You know, just regular girl stuff!
BGG: Who do you enjoy listening to on your iPod?
Karina: I love Brandy. I also listen to a lot of gospel including Kim Burrell & Yolanda Adams, as well as Chris Brown, The Dream (he wrote her single, "16 at War" and Rihanna's "Umbrella"), Beyonce, etc.
BGG: Have you come up with the title for your CD yet, which will be released this summer?
Karina: No, not yet, we're still working on it!
BGG: What advice do you have for other young singers looking to get signed to a major label?
Karina: My advice would be to always stay grounded, work hard and put your all into it. Also, get a good team; they will keep you grounded.