"Thirsty Thursday" Featuring Kristen Karma
Thank you so much for chatting with us! How was the last year for you? What were your highlights? The last year has been amazing! I've released three singles that have charted on iTunes with my last single racking up several awards including Best International Song at the American Tracks Music Awards in Los Angeles. With this single meaning so much to me, it amazing to see just how far it's taking me!
What song that you have recorded means the most to you and why? I wrote my latest single "DEAR JOHN" for my father who passed about two years ago. He was a huge supporter of my music and I wanted to write something for him. I spent a lot of time wondering if he's up there watching the progress and how I'm doing and therefore encompassed that in my single. It's a little bit of a different take on how we perceived those who have passed on. How was it filming the video for "DEAR JOHN?" It was an amazing experience! The writing process of the song was a quick one. Once the demo was completed I know my co-writer (and featured artist Marian Hanna) had to continue and get into the studio as soon as possible. When we finished a got back the final version of it, we could envision different scenes and ideas for the video. I already had an idea of a company I wanted to use to shoot the video and once we approached them it was an o brainer. They got our vision and where we wanted to shoot and it came to life just as we imagined. Aside from singing do you play any instruments? Yes, oh wow where to begin? I started off playing the Piano and advancing through the Royal Conservatory of Music grades. I then picked up the Saxophone and joined an Air Cadet marching band. From there I picked up several percussion instruments and the trumpet. I moved over to the Pipes and Drums side learning all the drums, and eventually, I started learning guitar. What's your advice for young artists trying to establish a name for themselves? Especially young females that may see you as a role model. The best advice I can give is to know your craft. Know your instrument/voice, learn how the industry works and try and learn as much as you can. Knowledge is key in this industry and you're less likely to lose yourself if you know who you are and what type of artist you want to be. Stand your ground, and if you really want it, go for it!
Favorite music to listen to while you cook? I love to listen to the Top 40 hits so that I can sing along while I cook! What is your favorite dish to cook? I like to make homemade Lasagna. Home cooking or going out for dinner? I like a good balance of both, but nothing beats a home-cooked meal. What's your favorite family recipe? We have this old school family recipe for Short Bread that to die for!
If you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? I'd have to say Somersby as it's my drink of choice!
Kristen Karma’s music career has already blossomed in the pop/dance scene in her hometown of Vancouver. Now located in Toronto, Kristen Karma is no stranger to the ever growing music industry. Karma not only wields a certificate in Audio Engineering from Hot Sole Music, but has studied voice with Judith Rabinovitch, who has worked with the likes of Avril Lavigne and Sarah McLachlan.
Even though much of her formative years were devoted to a theoretical and exacting world of ballet lessons, Air Cadets, Military Marching Bands, and The Royal Conservatory of Music, some of the only evidence that remains of her past is the neon pink tulle that shoots out from under her black corset. It’s undeniable—Kristen Karma is a band nerd. But she is a band nerd who might punch you in the face for showing up late to practice.
In 2013, Kristen Karma was selected as one of two performers to play the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball After-party and open for Tour DJ/Lady Gaga BFF Lady Starlight in Vancouver. With rave reviews from her performance, she then went on to work with lil’Jon on her single “Sirens.”
In 2017, she opened for Grammy Award Winner Akon in Guelph, Ontario on his Canadian Promo Tour. Hot off the heels of her performance, Kristen was then approached and selected to play the Lady Gaga – Joanne World Tour VIP After-party once again in Vancouver after Lady Gaga’s performance at Rogers Arena.
Her recent single “Party Heroes” featured her hard pounding electronic dance sound that received rave reviews for the infectious sounds throughout. Released in April 2019, the song reached the iTunes Canada Pop chart Top 20, peaking at #17. The follow-up “Try” reached the Top 30 Pop, while also reaching the Top 100 All Genres chart. Her current single, “Dear John,” dedicated to the memory of her father, also charted in the Top 40, while the video has been selected for several international film festivals. Kristen appeared in the 2019 Women In Music issue of Billboard Magazine.
Karma continues to wow audiences with her energetic live performances, and she does it all with a neon pink microphone in hand.