Saturday, February 25, 2012

Carpe Diem – Seizing the Moment with the Riposte of Karyn White


By: Kevin L. Nichols

Songbird, Karyn White, will descend on The Rrazz Room March 1-3, 2012.  Most know her as a platinum selling artist with ballads such as Superwoman and Love Saw It, featuring Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds.  Many know her by her high powered marriage with her now ex-husband, songwriter and producer, Terry Lewis.  However, the majority of us do not know where she has been and what she has been up to since her last CD (Make Him Do Right – Warner Brothers) in 1994…that is until now.

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Ms. White as she prepares for her return to the spotlight and shares her beautiful voice with the Bay Area.  Since 1994, Ms. White has focused her attention on her family, raising her daughter, who is now a freshman at Howard University, and her adopted son.  The life of a traveling musician would not have been conducive to her family life, so she chose to invest in it this way, by being home.  She has lived in Blackhawk, Sacramento – where she did some interior design work, and Los Angeles. 

Upon her return to the industry, Karyn has faced challenges because of her long hiatus.  I asked her what advice could she give to stay-at-home mothers who have chosen to leave their high powered careers to raise their children and she had this to say, “Carpe Diem (the title of her new album), seizing the moment…I believe in following the spiritual voice of God…There’s a season for everything…” and ultimately if you are getting slack from companies saying that “you have been gone to long,” you have to do it yourself.

Since the metamorphoses of the record industry, which involved traditional sales of LPs, CDs, hundreds of thousand dollar videos, etc., Karyn loves the influx of new media and social media.  She says, “Warner Brothers spent millions for people to know Karyn White, but now Karyn White can own herself…I don’t need a label…I love that I can take control of my own career…my destiny through God.”  Her fans are right there, they provide input on album covers, what songs she should sing during shows, and are even working to get her a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

I asked her about the passing of Whitney Houston and her influence in her life and career.  She said, “Whitney was the bar!” “She was the package!” While reminiscing, she recalled that they were both pregnant during the same time and Bobbi Christina and her daughter Angela are about the same age.

Karyn White will be accompanied by her live band, which will feature musicians who have performed with Prince, Sheila E., Lionel Richie, and Jennifer Hudson.  Her voice is richer, stronger, and better.  Karyn said that her new album is retro, kind of like how Raphael Saadiq does it, “the way he does it… is brilliant.  He is today, yesterday, he’s the future…(regarding her album) it’s just soul!”

For ticket information, please visit http://bit.ly/xT3DTr and check out her latest single Soul Sista http://bit.ly/wBGwCD

Kevin L. Nichols is the President & CEO of KLN Publishing, LLC
He is also a social media consultant based out of San Francisco. 
For more information, please visit www.klnconsultinggroup.com

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