Where are you located now and where are you originally from?
Born in Queens, NY. Raised in North Bellmore, Long Island, NY and Currently in Huntington, NY. Who has been your greatest influence?
Many artist's influence me for different things. For example, listening to Barbra Streisand, has taught me a lot as a singer when approaching phrasing or signing techniques. John Mayer, has been very inspirational with my approach to playing the guitar and Elton John has helped shape my love of epic songwriting. But I listen to everything from Opera to Hip Hop. You learn something from every genre and artist. What is your latest and greatest?
The latest artist I’ve been listening to is Andra Day. I’ve been really enjoying that mix of a vintage soul mixed with a modern feel. Plus her voice is so unique. Are you performing LIVE soon?
Yes. I perform live quite often, as of now. And I am very thankful. I’ve been blessed to perform at a lot of different pubs, bars, restaurants, Country clubs and such. Lately, I have been booking more music venues for original music. Some in NY and some out of state. A lot of artists are starting to come back on tour and perform. So it’s really the perfect time to see how things go. What are you most looking forward to in 2022?
I live my life day by day, moment by moment with the hopes that today’s decisions can make my tomorrow as pleasant as possible. So I am just looking forward to the Hope that 2022 will continue to allow more positivity, more growth, more musical adventures, more opportunities and in general a better place for us all to be in. How did you deal with all the changes in the past two years that the music industry has gone through? The industry changes all the time. However, I think the last two years sped up the inevitable of how things work today. More than ever, people can create their own affordable home studio. We are using our social media and internet to release our music, videos and anything else. There are forests of incredible musicians out there and I think we understand that we need support from one another more than ever. I’ve noticed more unity between indie artists, more opportunities, more desire for live music, more DIY approaches. The ARTS are always one of the first areas to get affected with major world changes… but we are so important to people because it's creativity that gets us through so much. With all that said, My love of music and belief in its importance is what keeps me motivated to continue to perform, write and record. I’ve def had ups and downs, moments of failure, giving up and the nothingness of time going by. We have to catch ourselves and remember that no matter what happens, we have to fight the fight with all our might. What would you say to your younger self if you could?
“You really CAN achieve anything you want. " On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you?
I am always driven. Not sure I can score it with a number. But people tell me I’m one of the hardest and driven artist’s they know. You can say 10 on a good day. 7 on a lazy day. :) When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track?
Sometimes the thing that motivated or inspired me in the past doesn't cut it anymore. So I have to really do some soul searching and figure out what it is that I'm looking for to spark that flame. For me, it’s usually a muse of some kind. Person, place or thing. I also think that my understanding of how short life is plays a role. We don’t know how long we’re here for, so you might as well do everything you want to do and enjoy every moment of it. How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success?
I believe in Luck, Divine timing, Destiny and free choice. I think we co-create our lives. And I also think we can manifest or attract things. At the same time, there is that element of destiny and an ability to attract the luck when you need it. I believe in all of the above. How can we stay up to date with you? My social media is a great place to stay up to date with me. This also allows fan interaction - which is super important. Facebook/instagram/twitter: @karenbellamusic Webpage: www.karenbella.com Links to any social /music account you want to share? www.facebook.com/karenbellamusic www.instagram.com/karenbellamusic www.twitter.com/karenbellamusic www.youtube.com/karenbella TikTok: karenbellamusic Webpage: www.karenbella.com
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