|Origin||Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Pop-rock, Alternative rock, Pop|
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 18 September 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.
Remixes and DJ collaborations
In 2014, Scarlette released a series of remixes in the form of two dance EPs: Return of the Fever and The Fever Rides Again. The EPs featured mixes of the unheard tracks P.S I Hate You and 6ft Woman, as well as the previously released Where's The Fun?. Return of the Fever includes re-works by K-Warren (Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera), Rudedog, 7th Heaven Remix & Production (Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue) and DCM with The Fever Rides Again featuring Georgie Porgie, Tod Miner and Seamus Haji & Sheldon. Scarlette also continued her relationship with Jason Nevins (Run-D.M.C., N.E.R.D.) with his remix of 6ft Woman. The P.S I Hate You mixes were hugely successful in the USA and Scarlette got her second chart position in the Billboard with the release reaching No. 2 in the Hot Dance Club Play chart. In early 2015, Scarlette will release her third dance EP of the year: Saturday Night Fever. The first track of the release will be the Stereojackers v Mark Loverush mix of Scarlette's newly written song, Boy and Girl. This was previewed by EDM.com and garnered over 8,500 listens in the first two months.
Scarlette also works as a SEN music teacher. In March 2016 she undertook a tour supported by the National Autistic Society, visiting in a series of SEN schools to run a 'school of rock' taster session for the pupils to interact with, and then played a show in the corresponding towns that evening. During the daytime SEN sessions she recorded the attending students, and combined all of the recordings from across the tour to create a 'Scarlette Choir' who will feature on a track on her upcoming new album.
- "Singer Songwriter Scarlette undertakes a unique uk tour". Music existence. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- The Mirror, 6 June 2011
- Star Magazine, 14 June 2011
- GT Magazine, January 2011, Issue 388
- Mizz Magazine, January 2011