Dec 1, 2011

Karena Kelly - Alternative/Blues/Jazz, UK (E98)

About: Karena Kelly, very talented singer and musician from Ealing

"Having worked all over the world Karena is now currently working on her solo album "…and this wild heart beats again" with some of the finest musicians in the UK and USA. The debut single Midnight Walk features Ron Bertolet on tenor/bari sax, Danny Flam on trumpet/trombone, Mingo Lewis on congas/percussion and Clarky on double bass
Karena is also back collaborating with Wily Bo and providing her stylish and accomplished vocals on his solo album 'moon over indigo'. Wily Bo is co-arranger/producer for karena's album..."

1). If you had a chance to be in a movie, what movie and what part would you choose?
If I could be in any movie past or present I would love to have been in the Oliver Stone movie of The Doors as Pam, or possibly Rizzo in Grease!

2). Would you like to have your own radio station? If yes - What would you name it and what music would you play on it? 
If I had the time, yes, I would love to have my own Radio Station. It would probably be called Flaming Hearts FM or She Radio. I would play a very eclectic mix of swamp blues, jazz, southern rock, psychobilly, rock, alternative and punk.

3).Name the three characteristics that you think are most important for a musician to have?
I think that musicians need to be dedicated, hard working and open to new ideas and inspirations.

4).Does your family like your music? Do they support you?
My family? No, it's not really their taste in music! :-) Parents like classical music and not much else and my brothers are more into metal though they do support me in their own way!

5). Please share with us your first experience on stage. Where was it and how did it go?
My first experience on stage was in a school production of Joseph as the narrator and it was terrifying. I suffered from dreadful stage fright for many years until a fellow musician told me to imaging them all naked before I went on!
:-) Worked for me!
I did many productions while I was at school and college and also was playing professional gigs with various big bands, toured the US with WYJO and played the Albert Hall all before I turned 16 so it's sort of in my blood!

Listen to: Karena Kelly - Midnight Walk

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