Karen Louise Barrow (born November 1981), better known by her stage name Scarlette Fever, is an English singer, songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in Hertfordshire, she studied music before signing to Starfisch Records.
Crash and Burn
Debut single Crash and Burn was co-written by Scarlette Fever, Alex Smith from Metrophonic and Tony Fennell, mixed by Cenzo Townshend (Snow Patrol) and produced by Julian Emery (Lissie). The track received high rotation on BBC Radio 2’s B-List. The Jason Nevins remix of Crash and Burn reached number 2 in the Music Week Commercial Pop Club Chart as well as the top ten of the Billboard Dance Club Breakers chart and a Top 50 Dance position in the USA. On September 18th 2011, Scarlette released another single, Elated. The track was featured as the Song of the Day on the Popjustice site and was the second single from Medication Time to spend time on the playlist on BBC Radio 2. Other tracks included You Don't Know My Name, co-written with Grant Black and featuring a sample from the John Barry Midnight Cowboy soundtrack. Barry also allowed Scarlette the use of Give Me A Smile, an instrumental from his 1999 album, The Beyondness Of Things, complete with lyrics by Don Black.
The Great Expectations
Scarlette released her EP, The Great Expectations, in spring 2012. Lead track, Hour Of Sunshine, co-written with and produced by Julian Emery, features twice: the first is remixed by Cenzo Townshend and is accompanied by a second live mix produced by Steve Lironi (Bon Jovi). The EP also comes with interpretations by Ash Howes (Texas) of live versions of Cheatin’ Man and Good Day, both of which were co-written with Andy Wright (Imelda May). Since premiering on NME.com, the video for Hour of Sunshine, directed by Dani Jacobs (Moby, Phil Collins), has received over 200,000 views on YouTube.
Single White Female
Set for release in September 2013, the Single White Female EP will be feature the lead track Sunday Best, alongside Looking Glass and Single White Female from the Steve Lironi live sessions. Sunday Best has already had BBC Radio 2 support with Richard Allinson playing the track on his Sunday morning show in July. Sunday Best was recorded in the USA with brothers Tommy Faragher and Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello, Al Green, Glee) with Pete Craigie (Bellowhead, Sugababes) recording additional production back in the UK with Scarlette and finally finishing the radio mix at The Strongroom in Shoreditch, London.
Scarlette Fever supported Mike + the Mechanics on their 2011 UK tour, playing 22 shows across the country, on their Hit The Road tour which culminated in the band and Scarlette performing at the Royal Albert Hall. Scarlette has also supported Girls Aloud, Simon Webbe and Roachford, and has performed at official Gay Pride events across the UK. She has appeared at several events for Smooth Radio, supporting the likes of Jocelyn Brown and Caro Emerald.
United States of America
In 2012 and 2013, Scarlette has made several trips to the United States. She has been writing with Tommy Farragher and Oliver Leiber, recording tracks for the Single White Female EP and playing shows in Los Angeles at MUSEXPO, the Worldwide Radio Summit, the Hard Rock Cafe and the Viper Room.
- The Mirror, 6 June 2011
- Star Magazine, 14 June 2011
- GT Magazine, January 2011, Issue 388
- Mizz Magazine, January 2011