Colette Carr

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Colette Carr
Birth name Colette Mary Carr
Also known as Colette Carr
Born (1991-01-06) January 6, 1991 (age 24)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Origin Los Angeles, CA, USA
Genres Pop, Pop rap, Electropop, Indie, Europop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, rapper, artist, painter
Instruments Vocals, rap, guitar, piano
Years active 2008–present
Labels Cherrytree, Interscope, Ncredible, Kawaii Nation
Associated acts Far East Movement, Frankmusik, Adammo, Natalia Kills, Porcelain Black, E-40, Kev Nish,
Website https://www.ColetteCarr.com

Colette Carr (born January 6, 1991), is an American musician based in Los Angeles, California. Carr's debut album, Skitszo, a collection of previously released digital EP’s, was released on July 9, 2013.[1] "Never Gonna Happen", the fifth single from the album, was released May 5, 2013 and reached the number eleven spot on Billboard's Dance-Club Chart.

Early life[edit]

Growing up, Carr was a competitive tennis player, until an injury involving her back led her to be unable to play anymore.[2] "I was either going to become paralyzed and continue playing or stop and find a new destination for myself,” says Carr. Music was also a passion for Carr, "I was obsessed with music growing up. I had my walkman on 24/7. I would write lyrics and song titles all over my walls in sharpie. I was extremely consumed," said Carr.

A childhood tennis star whose back problems led to an interest in music, drawing and painting, Colette started listening to The Cure and The Smiths before discovering classic rock like Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, with favorites including Gwen Stefani, Talking Heads, Suzanne Vega and Deborah Harry before gravitating to rappers like Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg. A budding rapper herself, a teenage Carr was urged by her sister during a concert at UCLA featuring Game to jump on-stage and freestyle herself. [3]

Career[edit]

2009–10: Career beginnings and Sex Sells Stay Tooned[edit]

Discovered at a Game concert, Carr volunteered to go on stage when host comedian Story Moyd, asked the audience if anyone could freestyle. The audience reacted positively to Carr, screaming "Go white girl”. Carr gained the attention of the audience, and various producers, including The Cataracs, who produced various songs for her. Carr released her debut single, "Back It Up" in 2009,[4] which quickly became a viral success. The music video, directed by Richie Mac, received more than 465,000 views on MTV Music networks MTVU channel, charting top 10 video of the week.[5] When Carr's self-produced video, “Back It Up,” went to #1 at MTVU, it attracted the attention of Nick Cannon, who helped Colette release her debut mixtape, “Sex Sells Stay Tooned,” through his NCredible Entertainment label. [6]

In 2010, Carr released promotional single "Bitch Like Me",[7] accompanied with video directed by Jonathan Singer-Vine, and her first mix-tape "Sex Sells Stay Tooned", with over 100,000 downloads in its first few months.[8]

2011–2014: Skitszo[edit]

Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine signed Colette and sent her to the recording studio for her debut album,Skitszo, which produced the Billboard Dance hit, “Never Gonna Happen” and the Billboard Uncharted topper, “(We Do It) Primo,” working with producers such as RedOne (Lady Gaga). [9] The lead single, "(We Do It) Primo", was released on May 11, 2011. It reached the number-one spot on Billboard's Uncharted chart for artists whose music is primarily distributed online.[10] Carr was included on the CherryTree Pop Alternative Tour along with LMFAO, Far East Movement, Frankmusik and Natalia Kills.

Carr released four digital EP's, "Skitszo" parts 1-4, which consisted of songs from her debut album that had been split into four. Carr's debut album "Skitszo Collection" was released as a whole on July 9, 2013 through Interscope, which included parts 1-4 and four additional songs. "Never Gonna Happen" was the album's fifth single, released on March 5, and a remix by Dave Aude appeared on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart at #11.

Colette then released "HAM" featuring Ben J from Hip Hip duo New Boyz, co-written by Nate Walka[11] and Jon Redwine[12] produced by Marley Waters.[13] Carr released and premiered the music video for "HAM" on popular American radio personality, television host, and producer Ryan Seacrest site RyanSeacrest.com September 13, 2013.[14] Carr toured along with Huey Mack and Mayo on the "Pretending Perfection" tour and then toured for the "On The Rise" tour, along with Jake Miller, Becky G, T. Mills and Mike Stud, where she was handing out free samples of her new EP, "Not Sure Yet" ("Jealous Type","3%", "Rebound"). Carr recorded the EP sometime in early 2014, with Frankmusik as the producer, and plans to release the EP digitally sometime in 2015.

2015-present: Believe in Us[edit]

In January 2015, Carr announced that she was working on her second studio album Believe in Us, due to be released in 2015. The majority of the album has been written and produced with Carr's frequent collaborator Frankmusik. Like her previous album, Believe in Us will be split into EP's with the full album being released as a whole last. The first EP of "Believe in Us", Static. Start., was released on June 23, 2015 on Kawaii Nation. "Static. Start." includes Carr's first single "Static". [15]

Merging hypnotic singing with a bold new groove, Carr explores her versatility on the track "Static", which is "a song about choosing to let go and drift away. I'm unbound...and it helps me evolve." She blends the electronic-styled production with both her unapologetically honest songwriting ("Moments In Love") and surprising vulnerability ("Walking in Place", "3%"). "It really shows off a side of myself that I was terrified of. I took a risk. I wanted to...push myself to sing about experiences I didn't even want to talk about." [16] Explaining her "very necessary" transition, Carr describes her new sound as a "natural evolution that needed to happen," continuing, "I live to blend colors and pave new roads. My music is a creative experiment and I don't stick to formulas or follow guidelines." Carr credits "Static. Start." as the beginning of her journey as an independent artist taking charge of her musical path, and she's ready to share her new work with the world. [17]

Colette has already road-tested some of the new material while playing on recent “On The Rise” tour. She’s currently rehearsing the songs with a full band, ready to bring the new music to her fans, making sure they know the motivation behind her every creative move. More than just her music and art, Colette’s life, is dedicated to “helping and inspiring people to be comfortable and confident with who they are. I’m not afraid to let everyone see my flaws. I’d love to see this music inspire people.” [18]

Discography[edit]

Concerts[edit]

Co-headlining tours

  • The CherryTree Pop Alternative Tour (2011)
  • Pretending Perfection (2014)
  • On The Rise Tour (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cherrytreerecords.com/profiles/blogs/colette-carr-releases-long-awaited-debut-album-skitszo-today-on
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4691867/bio Colette Carr - Biography
  3. ^ http://www.colettecarr.com/?page_id=29
  4. ^ http://www.teenspot.com/spotlight/colette-carr-teenspot-interview/ TeenSpot.com - EXCLUSIVE: Colette Carr TeenSpot Interview
  5. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1650598/colette-carr-plans-schizo-debut-after-back-it-up.jhtml Colette Carr Plans Schizo Debut After 'Back It Up' - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com
  6. ^ http://www.colettecarr.com/?page_id=29
  7. ^ http://www.free-wired.com/2010/08/interview-colette-carr_26.html Interview: Colette Carr | Free-Wired.com
  8. ^ http://www.celebrityviplounge.com/exclusive-nick-cannons-protege-colette-carr-interview/ Nick Cannon's protege Colette Carr interview
  9. ^ http://www.colettecarr.com/?page_id=29
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/uncharted-territory/472025/uncharted-territory-colette-carr-is-new-no-1-blind-fury Uncharted Territory: Colette Carr is New No. 1, Blind Fury Debuts | Billboard
  11. ^ Nate Walka
  12. ^ Jon Redwine
  13. ^ "DJ Marley Waters :: Beatport DJs". Dj.beatport.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  14. ^ "Watch Colette Carr New "HAM" Music Video". Ryan Seacrest. 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  15. ^ http://shorefire.com/releases/entry/colette-carr-evolves-on-unapologetic-new-ep-static.-start
  16. ^ http://shorefire.com/releases/entry/colette-carr-evolves-on-unapologetic-new-ep-static.-start
  17. ^ http://shorefire.com/releases/entry/colette-carr-evolves-on-unapologetic-new-ep-static.-start
  18. ^ http://www.colettecarr.com/?page_id=29

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