Karina Pasian

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Karina Pasian
Karina Pasian sings at the White House.jpg
Karina Pasian in 2007
Background information
Born (1991-07-18) July 18, 1991 (age 27)
OriginNew York City, New York
GenresR&B, pop
Years active2003–present
LabelsVY, Def Jam
Associated actsLil Mama, Trey Songz, Sammie, Skye Townsend, Quincy Jones

Karina Pasian (born July 18, 1991) is an American singer, songwriter and pianist.[1][2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Karina Pasian was born in New York City, of Dominican and Armenian[4][5] descent. Her first language was Russian, and she can sing in six other languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Turkish, and French.[4] Growing up in a musical family, she first began taking piano lessons at the age of three from her babysitter, and began classical piano training while in kindergarten. She began working with a vocal coach at the age of eight, and attended the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City alongside Taylor Momsen and Mark Indelicato.[1]

In 2003, Pasian met Quincy Jones, who invited her and her family to his home in Bel Air, California. Soon after this, Pasian performed and won on Star Search. She also performed at Quincy Jones' We Are The Future concert in Rome.[1] On June 22, 2007, Pasian performed at the White House for President George W. Bush, in celebration of Black Music Month, making her the first person of Dominican descent to perform there.[1][6]

Pasian became the subject of a bidding war, when she was thirteen, between three major record labels: Def Jam, Interscope, and Bad Boy Records. She chose Def Jam in 2006.[2] Her first album First Love was released on August 19, 2008.[7][8] The first single was "16 @ War" which received some moderate airplay on Urban radio and BET. The album's second single, "Can't Find the Words" was more successful, charting at #88 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart. Later that year, the album received a nomination for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Contemporary R&B."

Following her Grammy nomination, she did some touring in addition to recording covers on her YouTube channel. A digital single "Halo" (a cover of Beyoncé's hit single) was released in 2009. Additionally, she recorded a cover of Brandy's hit single "Brokenhearted" with R&B singer Sammie the following year.[9] It wasn't until 2011, that Pasian released new material, with an EP titled Trips to Venus EP, Vol. 1 - Holiday Edition on December 12. It was led by the single "Perfectly Different" in addition to a holiday single "The Christmas Song" released that same month.

In 2012, Pasian collaborated with Skye Townsend and Chris O'Bannon on the single "Go Fish" which resulted in a music video shot and directed by Robert Townsend in Los Angeles, California.[10]

The following year, she released the digital single "Fall In Love Again", which was to lead off her next EP Trips to Venus EP, Vol. 2, which was slated for release but then pulled. A "Special Edition" of Vol. 1 was later released to iTunes and other digital services on April 29, 2014, which omitted "The Christmas Song" and added an acoustic version of her song "Slow Motion", which appeared on her debut. Later that year, she released a digital single "Solitaire" independently.[11]

In 2015, she signed with Universal Music Classics and released the single/video "Love Right Next to You" which received dance remixes in 2016.[12][13] It's the lead single off her forthcoming EP Parallel World.[14]



Title Album Details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
U.S. U.S. R&B
First Love 57 11 28,408+


Title Album Details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
U.S. U.S. R&B
Trips to Venus EP, Vol. 1 - Holiday Edition - -
Trips to Venus EP, Vol. 1 - Special Edition - -
Interlude - -


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B
"16@War" 2008 First Love
"Can't Find the Words" 88
"First Love"
"Halo" 2009 Halo - Digital Single
"Perfectly Different" 2011 Trips to Venus EP, Vol. 1
"The Christmas Song"
"America the Beautiful" America the Beautiful - Digital Single
"Fall In Love Again" 2013 Trips to Venus EP, Vol. 2
"Solitaire" 2014 Interlude
"Love Right Next to You" 2015 Parallel World - EP
"Teacher" 2017 Interlude


  • 16@War (2008)
  • Can't Find the Words (2008)
  • When You're In Love (2012)
  • It's Whatever (2012)
  • Solitaire (2014)
  • Love Right Next to You (2015)


  1. ^ a b c d Mariel Concepcion (2008-04-12). "Teen R&B singer Karina Pasian declares "War"". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  2. ^ a b Mariel Concepcion (2008-04-14). "Breaking & Entering: Karina Pasian". Archived from the original on 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  3. ^ Ivey, Nile (2008-05-06). "Karina Pasian: Ready For War". BET. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  4. ^ a b "Karina Interview". DJBooth.net. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  5. ^ "El Dia digital; Pasian y Tristan, los criollos que dominan el mercado" (in Spanish). Periódico Hoy. Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  6. ^ "Singer Karina Pasian stands before a portrait of George Washington as she performs for President George W. Bush". Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  7. ^ First Love: Karina. Accessed May 22, 2008.
  8. ^ "Big Announcement". MeetKarina.net. 2008-05-09. Archived from the original on 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  9. ^ rafael pasian (6 February 2010). "Karina Pasian and Sammie remaking Brandy's " Brokenhearted "" – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "YouTube".
  11. ^ "Solitaire - Single by Karina Pasian on Apple Music".
  12. ^ "Love Right Next To You" – via Amazon.
  13. ^ Karina Pasian (4 December 2015). "Love Right Next to You - Karina (Official Video)" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "Karina Pasian - Love Right Next To You - Singersroom.com". 6 December 2015.

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