Powerhouse singer-songwriter Karine Hannah hosted an exclusive listening session at Le Parker Meridien on Sept. 29. The intimate event invited media guests to preview Karine’s new single, “Burning Up,” and her upcoming album. The pop/dance vocalist recently completed a critically-acclaimed one-woman show, “Guilty Pleasures,” at the Metropolitan Room – an experience that she called unforgettable.
“A one-woman show is a lot of responsibility because it’s just you,” Karine told AXS in an exclusive interview. “But it was an incredible experience. I think that it gave me the tools that I needed to push further as solo artist into this next phase of my life. It was such a great show, and I’m blessed that I had the opportunity to do it.”
“Guilty Pleasures” featured Karine performing 70s and 80s soft rock hits by male artists, a decision that was well-planned. “I chose all male songs because I didn’t want there to be any comparisons with other female artists,” the singer revealed. “I thought, ‘That has never been done before,’ and I felt it was a fresh spin on hearing male songs interpreted by a female singer.”
Cash Money Records is known for its hip-hop and R&B roster, including superstars Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Drake. The addition of Karine Hannah is a testament to the vision and versatility of the label’s heads. “I believe that Cash Money is looking to expand at all times,” the Canadian-bred singer stated. “They are so powerful in the business that they can look at different genres of music. I think they had already been dabbling, but maybe didn’t find the exact fit. I was very fortunate to have that opportunity.”
As a teenager, Karine performed at the wedding of Celine Dion, and has been frequently compared to the songstress due to her powerful voice and expansive vocal range. While pop singers come and go, it is innate talent that stands the test of time. After listening to “Burning Up” and previewing Karine’s upcoming project, it is clear that she seeks to make timeless music.
“My debut single, ‘Burning Up’… captures so many elements,” she said. “It captures a bit of the soul in my vocals, it captures a fun dance song that can translate to pop radio, and can also blow up in the clubs. Although the lyrics are about being angry, still there’s a happy feel to it. I thought that was a good way to represent and present me.”
“Burning Up” is available now on iTunes, and an album is expected by the end of the year.
via AXS. Karine with Brownie Marie. Thank you for the great press!