Born and raised in New York, Kara Eliza became enamored with music and voice from the time she was a toddler.
She used to imitate a wide range of voice types and sounds. She was able to imitate mature singing voices from the age of eight. As a teen, Kara started writing and recording her own music in her make shift recording studio.
Her musical style has been compared to artists like Alicia Keyes and Amy Winehouse.
Kara Eliza has performed in various venues in the US and Europe in a variety of vocal performances that have highlighted her range and performance abilities. Her range has spanned from Opera to Popular tunes to Rap. As a teen, Kara performed in Neil Berg’s Night of 1000 Stars with some of Broadway’s biggest stars.
Currently, Kara is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will graduate in May 2018.
As a professionally trained classical opera singer Kara brings a fresh, creative sound to pop and with a 3-4 octave vocal range the sky’s the limit where the voice will lead!
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
My writing process is very different from song to song.
Sometimes I’ll get one line stuck in my head and I won’t be able to get it out until I go to a piano and play it out. After that the rest falls into place.
Other times I’ll write down lyrics first and write a melody around it that sounds the best, other times the tune gets stuck in my head and I make the words fit the tune.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
“Another Flight” is a snapshot of where I was at a particular point in my life. I was inspired because I was running from place to place and city to city, but all I wanted to have was some sort of stability and consistency to my life.
“I’ve seen the world, over twice.
Climbed every mountain
and rolled some lucky dice.
I’ve sailed all 7 seas
And stopped in London
for some afternoon tea
It’s all a thrill to some people
But it all seems the same to me”
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
As contrived as it sounds, the soundtrack to my childhood would probably be The Lizzie McGuire TV series CD. I listened to it on repeat!
What is your favorite Sunday morning record?
Hmmm this is a tough question because the type of music I listen to is so eclectic. One day I’m listening to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett and the next I’m listening to Notorious B.I.G and Eminem. If I had to pick though, I would say a healthy mix between Jack Johnson and John Mayer.
Their music is just very calming, especially on a Sunday morning!
Are you ever scared of revealing, aspects of your personal experience, to strangers through your music?
At first I was definitely anxious about being too transparent! Singing one’s own songs is one of the most vulnerable things a person could do.
You’re essentially letting them see the best and the worst of you in a short period of time. It was hard to learn not to take peoples harsh criticism to heart, rather to use it to build and learn. I have now learned to embrace that process!
Why have you selected to cover the song”Mirrors”, what you like particularly about it?
I chose “Mirrors” for a couple of reasons.
The first being that I highly respect Justin Timberlake. I think that he is one of the best songwriters and producers in the last twenty years, and his talent is incomparable.
This particular song also showcases my voice. It is difficult to sing because of the complexity and rapidity of the words. I also liked that it was a song I could make my own.
What is the best show you ever played?
I would have to say that a recent performance at ‘The Bitter End’ in New York City was awesome!
Although it is a smaller venue, I really felt like I was giving my best effort and really being myself, rather than performing.
I probably could attribute this to the fact that I am from New York and everyone I knew from my childhood to college was in the audience. The support moved me forward!
What are you planning for 2018?
Moving forward into 2018 I plan on (hopefully) releasing a cover every other month that leads to the release of an EP of original songs in the early summer.
They are in the pipeline and my team and I look forward to the release.