Katrina Stuart is a pop artist who has been playing piano, singing and performing for audiences since she was 4 years old.
At age 10 she started guitar, dance and vocal lessons and since then performing has been her passion.
Katrina has been working with Multi-Platinum Producer Skyler Lexx and his team writing music, recording and performing in my own music videos in L.A. California. She currently has 2 music videos on YouTube and has recorded about 10 songs.
CEM got the chance to catch up with this talent artist.
Tell me a little about your background
I started playing piano when I was 4 years old and have loved music ever since. I have been trained classically in piano and theory and am able to teach piano now. When I was 9 years old I started classical vocal lessons, guitar lessons, and dance lessons in jazz, hip-hop, tap, and ballet.
How do you end up getting signed under Skyler Management?
I posted videos of me singing and playing piano and guitar covers on YouTube. I was fortunate enough to be spotted by Ashley Camden fromBelair Talent Group and a Multi-Platinum Producer named Skyler Lexx in Los Angeles, California. They saw my videos and contacted me through my YouTube account. They said they wanted to work with me!! It was so crazy when I first got the message, I couldn’t believe it!! Next thing I knew, I was flying out to L.A. and that’s where my journey all started!! I feel so blessed to have been spotted and have this opportunity to do what I love and work with such great professionals in the industry, my Producers have an amazing team of Writers, Engineers, Stylists, Photographers, Videographers and awesome Dancers!!
How early in your life did you know you wanted to be a performer?
I started performing for audiences in school and recitals when I was 4 years old, but I really knew I wanted to do this when I was around 8 years old. I used to choreograph song and dance routines for friends and talent shows at school and loved it!! I was up for any opportunity to perform in front of people. Not nervous at all, just enjoyed it.
Was singing your sole passion or did you ever consider another direction for a career?
When I was younger I got into acting and did some commercials and a short film and I wanted to be an actress, but music has always been my passion and I knew I was born to do this and do it for the rest of my life.
Do you write your own song?
I’m starting to write my own songs more and more now, however, I have had really good writers that write songs for me that are “hits” and that I absolutely love.
Who and what are your influences, both musically, and in terms of song writing?
I have always enjoyed Katy Perry’s music and her style and her fun videos. I also love Brittney Spears, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, Demi Lavato and Bruno Mars. Taylor Swift influences me in terms of her song writing as she writes from the heart and her fans can relate to her music.
What is your favorite track of all your music and why?
My favorite track of all my music would have to be the song “Reckless” because it’s about dancing and having fun and it is lots of fun to sing and dance to!
What are you currently working on?
Well, I just finished a showcase for the record labels, Universal Music Group and Atlantic Records, where I performed 3 songs with backup dancers, and now I am currently working on a few more songs to record in the summer as requested by the labels.
What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry?And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
The greatest thing about working in the music industry is that I get to sing, dance, and perform all the time and do what I love! I wouldn’t change anything about the industry except that I just want to do more of it and more often.
Who have you always dreamt of working with and why?
I have always dreamt of working with Bruno Mars because he is so talented and an amazing singer and performer. I feel like I could learn a lot from him!
From your experience in the entertainment industry what advice could you offer to young people looking to get into the industry?
From my experience in the industry, I would recommend that they should take vocal lessons, dance lessons and learn an instrument. They should love what they do, work hard at it, and never give up on their dreams.
What have you found to be most challenging about the music industry? And how are you dealing with it?
Well, I find that sometimes I don’t get enough sleep so whenever I can; I have a power nap or get energy drinks!
Share with us your proudest moment in your career so far?
My proudest moment in my career right now would be that the labels asked me to do a Performance Showcase for them and not everyone gets that opportunity. So I worked hard to impress them and I think I did!
Are you planning to release an album anytime soon?
Yes, absolutely! Hopefully soon!! I can’t wait to release an album!! Once I get few more “Hits” you can listen to me on the radio!
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Five years from now, I will hopefully be on tour, have a million fans, my own brand of clothing and be sharing my music with the world. J
Thanks so much for giving me this opportunity to talk to you and promote my music career, I appreciate this very much.
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