Kara Frazier - I Wanna Be Your Woman

Kara Frazier - I Wanna Be Your Woman

Kara Frazier – I Wanna Be Your Woman

Kara Frazier – I Wanna Be Your Woman
 
ARTIST NAME: Kara Frazier

 

SONG TITLE: I Wanna Be Your Woman

 

RELEASE DATE: July 16th, 2021

 

GENRE: R&B/Soul
 
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Kara Frazier is a soulful singer and songwriter hailing from the east coast. Deeply rooted in classic soul, jazz, and the blues, Frazier’s influences include Etta James, Ray LaMontagne, and Amy Winehouse.
Frazier’s grassroots efforts and multiple independent EP releases have led to local success and garnered radio play on Nashville’s independent radio station Lightning 100. Frazier has collaborated with blues legend Taj Mahal, and Grammy-winning producers like Shannon Sanders (Indie.Arie, John Legend) and Brent Maher (Ray Charles, Tina Turner)…
 
LYRICS:

 

“I Wanna Be Your Woman”

 

Darling, I’m holding on to the days
When we were young
When I was just a girl
And you were the boy next door
Then you left this town
To make something of yourself
Now fate’s brought you back around
But don’t put me on the shelf
 
See I am a woman, not a child
And I’ve loved you all this time
Baby, I’m going blind
My violet eyes oh how they cry
 
Cause I wanna be your woman
So you can feel my love
Even when times get hard
I wanna be your woman
 
Boy if you walk away
Don’t you see your heart will pay?
I know I can’t change your mind
Just remember what’s on the line
When you put that Cadillac in drive
You better keep me in your rearview
I’d turn right around
Give me an inch I’d give you a mile
 
Cause I wanna be your woman
So you can feel my love
Even when times get hard
I wanna be your woman
 
So come a little closer
And let me be the one to hold ya
Even when times get hard
I wanna be your woman

 

Cause I wanna be your woman
So you can feel my love
Even when times get hard
I wanna be your woman

 

 

Tell us how you build up the tune for this song.
I really love classic soul and love songs, so one day I was noodling around with my voice in the shower, and sang the melody to this chorus! I ran to the piano to add chords and kept writing from there until I finished the song that night.

 

Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.
I’ve released three EP’s and multiple singles since my debut single release in 2018. I’m very blessed to have seen consistent growth in my local fan base in Nashville where I’m based, and in Jacksonville, FL where I’m originally from. Exposure and support have increased with each of my independent releases, with a global listening community throughout Australia, the UK, Canada, and beyond. It’s been ethereal to experience support by local radio stations like Nashville’s Lightning 100, features and interviews with press outlets on a local and global level including XPLR’s Nashville Daily podcast, and collaborations with producers like Shannon Sanders and blues legend, Taj Mahal.

 

Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of today’s songs to old songs and point out what you think has changed.
I believe that the quality of today’s songs is generally high and that the difference between today’s modern music and old songs lies in how the sessions were/are recorded. Of course, the production quality of modern music can shift depending on the genre of the song, the vision of the production team, and the methods used to record and mix the song.
Back in the day, engineers used analog boards and tape to record, and different gear and miking techniques, because that’s what they had available to them. These methods used on old songs often made for great sounding records!
In today’s recordings, we often hear individually tracked instruments blended together, whereas a popular method used on old songs was to record a full band together in one room as a one-take. The latter approach was primarily used in my single “I Wanna Be Your Woman.” Warner/Chappell’s Jeff Lusk, who produced and arranged “I Wanna Be Your Woman”, used “old-fashioned” techniques on a modern Neve board in a state-of-the-art studio with handpicked gear, like the same model of microphone that Aretha Franklin once used to capture my vocals. The background singers performed the same part in unison, swapping positions counter-clockwise to get that authentic Motown-style choir, gang-vocal feel. Technological advances have played a pivotal role in this shift in production quality, but in my opinion, it’s refreshing to see even modern-day artists choosing to mix “old-fashioned” methods into their recording process for a timeless, organic feel.

 

Tell us any interesting experience in your music career that is significant.
In late March 2020, I had the opportunity to record in the studio (my first return to a studio since the COVID outbreak) on a song written by and performed with blues legend, Taj Mahal. This was a milestone for me as an artist and performer to work with somebody of Taj’s level!

 

Tell us how you come across the lyrics of this song.
The main message of this song lies in the title. The lyrics are meant to come from a place of bold, feminine energy and waste no time telling her long-lost lover that she wants to be their only one. While writing this song, I was imagining the story of a high school sweetheart kind of love, cut short due to one of the character’s going away to start a new life and leaving their partner behind, brought back together years later by fate. I used classic imagery inspired by ’50s and 60’s music and culture, like “When you put that Cadillac in drive” and “Baby I’m going blind. My violet eyes, oh how they cry.”

 

Discuss how you plan to create a piece of timeless music that your fans can cherish forever.
My goal with every song that I write and record is to give my listening audience the simplest message possible and deliver an authentic performance to their ears, hearts, and souls.
 
Tell us what triggers your creativity.
Sometimes movies, sayings, or other songs trigger me creatively, as well as nature and emotional, personal experiences.

 

Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition.
It depends on the day! This song was inspired greatly by my admiration for blues vocalists and lyricists like Aretha Franklin and Etta James. I leaned heavily to the feel-based approach on this tune.

 

Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.
I believe that my new single “I Wanna Be Your Woman” is my greatest song to date because it’s true to who I am as an artist.

 

Discuss how you compose this song.
I composed this song on the piano, using my voice to guide the melody writing. It was recorded in Nashville, TN at Warner/Chappell by Jeff Lusk with The Aquaducks accompanying me.

 

Elaborate on the song.
XPLR Nashville reviewed “I Wanna Be Your Woman” and stated, “The song is great! It reminds me of Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey but with strings!”

 

Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
Kara Frazier is my real name versus a stage name, as I believe that distinction helps me to stay true to who I am in my songwriting and brand. Many artists are quite the opposite and prefer a moniker to fully embrace their creative process!

 

Share your press release and review with us.
Recorded in Nashville at Warner/Chappell with The Aquaducks, “I Wanna Be Your Woman” combines elements of 50’s/60’s soul with Frazier’s timeless vocals that tell a story of unrequited love.
 

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