Currently a background singer for Ruben Studdard, that wants to add flare to your project or show with vocals, vocal arranging or voice overs.
Professional, touring singer, whose skills include live singing, session singing, vocal arranging/teaching, songwriting and voice overs.
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Interview with Karmessa
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My band's, Element XI, single. I've been with these guys since 2012 and we've evolved so much, so when we finally got in the the studio to record our single, it was pure magic! Definitely Billboard chart worthy! My role was singer and vocal arranger.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My original single and my band's (Element XI) EP.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll promise to remain professional, polite and respond promptly. I promise to give you a quality product in a timely manner.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That it makes me happy! Life should be filled with happiness and love, so why not make a career out of something that brings you and so many others, immense joy!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What's my sound? I answer "R&B/Neo-Soul/Trap-Soul. Do you love what you do? I answer "With every breath I breathe" What advice do you have for other musicians who want to make it in the industry? I answer "Shut your mouth and GRIND! Stay humble, but make sure you're always working to promote and improve your craft. Also, network! It's all about who you know. along with your talent!"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it doesn't require skill or it's easy
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your vision? Why are you doing this project? How would you like my talents to add to your project? How do you envision the finished result?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you're clear and thorough with explaining the vision for your project or song. If I see the passion behind your vision, it will excite me even more to execute it for you!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: As a vocalist, that's easy! My computer, mic and interface. that's all I need!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been professionally singing for about 22 years now, I'm currently a touring background singer for season 2, American Idol winner, Ruben Studdard. I love being a background singer to get experience and exposure, but I absolutely want to be my own artist. I'm currently working on my single to be released.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Quirky R&B/Neo-Soul.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jessie J! She's impeccable! You hear her passion and discipline with every note she shares! She tells a story through her performances and her voice is so controlled and polished!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B, Neo-Soul, Funk, Jazz and Gospel. However, I'm open to other genres, I enjoy well thought out music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocal arranging and teaching. My absolute favorite thing to do is to establish harmony on a song and record it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Life. I have a polished sound that will make most songs come alive. I have a warm tone and timbre that can fit most genres.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I first pray that the project goes well and that I bring my best to it, I listen, access and start building upon the song.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I only record vocals, so I use Mixcraft Home Studio, a Groove Tube GT55 studio mic and a PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 interface
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jazmine Sullivan, Jessie J, Pj Morton, Justin Timberlake, Ledisi,etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Perform on live shows, provide session vocal recording for projects or demos, provide vocal arranging and teaching and voice over narrations.