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.


antithesis said...

you stay up on whats current. i cant listen right now because i'm at my internship but i cant wait to hear from this young lady with her positive messages. it's refreshing to see with the kids her age and younger that i encounter everyday.

Anonymous said...

I'll have to check her out! Nice Blog Sis!

K-Bear said...

Just when you think there couldn't be another 'star' out there, here comes Karina. I was able to listen and I love her sound. As a mother of a pre-teen, I especially love that she sends a positive message (though it is a very sad truth). It will be interesting to watch her rise to stardom and to see how she evolves. We should all be praying for her...she's just a baby swimming around with sharks!

kitty vodka said...

haha i love Brandy too :)
if you have her cd i'd love to hear it.

SolShine7 said...

When I first saw the picture I thought it was Alicia Keys. hehe.

I listened to her song and the message is good, I just wish that she would have sang it with a rock band instead of those beats. Anyhow, I wish her all the best!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! She has talent. Thanks for introducing her to me.


Yasmeen Christian said...

Love her voice. Hope to hear her on the Los Angeles radio stations.

Anonymous said...

You rock girl!! I love when I get introduce to new musicians. Music makes the world a better place!

12kyle said...

Never heard of her but I will be looking out for her. I'm pressed.

Product Junkie Diva said...

I wish her the best.
Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
Product Junkie Diva

Ananda said...

thanks bgg. i will have to check her out.

that guy said...

great interview as always...i check out the song and it's cool

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

@Solshine -- That photo is very reminiscent of early Alicia Keys!

To everyone, yes she is definitely talented and I'm sure you'll hear from her soon.

Kim said...

Its good hearing someone so young sing something of substance. She has a strong voice. I just hope the record company lets her act her age and not try to 'lolita' her ala Britney Spears.

Ros said...

I really like the song and the meaning behind it. I'm sure it will get high ratings all over the world. I like the fact young people are getting record deals and doing their thing but I just wonder is that all their doing. I personally hope everyone in the record business has something to fall back on cause we all know things dont last forever.

KreativeMix said...

Loving her sound. She seems like she has a good head on her shoulders. Much success to her!!!!

KBL said...

BGG, you are always on your Stuff! I loved her voice. I will check her out for sure.

Socca said...

Karina is amazing and it's nice that such a nice person like her is emerging into the scenes because her music is inspiring & her lyrics are so positive.. she makes music that everyday teens can actually relate to and her beautiful voice will take her far.