Interview with stunning singer/songwriter, actress and model Karina Rae whose YouTube channel amassed over 1 Million views in less than a year. Her instant popularity and devout online following has led to invitations to perform on some of the hottest social media tours and events, including MAGCON, FANRAVE and Playlist just to name a few.

Karina released her first EP in 2017 called “Love at Seventeen” and she has additional music and music videos to release this year.

Hi Karina, please tell us a little about you?

Hi! My name is Karina Rae, I’m 19 years old and have been pursuing music professionally for about 7 years now.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Funny, Friendly and Passionate

How did you get started in the business?

My first ever taste of the music industry happened when I was only eight years old. I had won a contest to perform with Kidz Bop on their tour, and that’s when I confirmed my passion.

Did you go to music school?

I had my fair share of attending several different music schools while growing up. I definitely gained a lot of confidence attending them when I was younger.

Describe your sound in 3 words?

Although I’m still figuring it out for myself, I’d describe my sound as a mixture of Pop, Rock and R&B. Overall a unique sound.

Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?

I was highly influenced by Disney stars like Demi Lovato when I was a little girl. Then into my pre teen years, I was a massive Justin Bieber fan. I remember after watching his first documentary, I told myself that I was going to have a tour of my own one day.

Do you ever get nervous?

Of course! More in front of smaller, more intimate crowds. That’s always more intimidating.

What is your next goal as a musician?

I’d like to completely write my own EP, and be able to tour it.

Do you have a Tour coming up or where we can see you performing?

Yes! Unfortunately, I can’t give away all the details now, but it’ll be this coming Spring!

Now tell us about your first EP “Love at Seventeen”?

I had the opportunity to work with several writers and talented producers in New York while working on my first ever EP. These songs were based off my love life at, well, seventeen. After this release, I was able to headline my own shows in Boston and perform the tracks live. It was an amazing experience.

Any new music for 2019?

My newest single “Go Off” it’s available on all streaming platforms.

What music do you like?

My music taste is diverse. I can go from Beyonce, to the 1975, and then to some Kendrick Lamar. I can appreciate most styles of music.

Any loves other than music?

I enjoy expressing myself through my clothes and makeup. I always feel most myself when I’ve got my winged eyeliner and some heels on.

Any exiting news you want to share with us?

This year will be filled with new music, merch, videos and performances!

Best advice ever given?

The best advice given to me wasn’t by word but by

How’s a typical day in your life?

I’m a very busy lady. I’m always thinking of ways to progress myself.

Name one your strengths? 

One of my strengths would be my ability to positively take criticism.

Idea of a perfect Sunday?

Snacks, a Shane Dawson marathon and cozy clothes.

Name 3 things you can’t live without?

My laptop, my concealer and my family

Who is your biggest beauty inspiration? 

My mom. I’d always admire how she’d put herself together. When I got into my early teens and wanted to start doing my makeup, she was all on board for helping me do it right.

What is your own definition of happiness?

Feeling love and passion for something. I think it’s a great and easy way to feel content with yourself when you’re passionate about something.

What is your favorite healthy food?

I enjoy lots of dried fruits. I’m not sure what else I eat consistently that would be considered healthy.. Rice?

And your favorite cheat food?

I could probably eat ten servings of the strawberry shortcake from Carlo’s  Bakery.

How would you describe your fashion style?

I like to be trendy. I also like to find unique looks that could start up a conversation. I express myself with my fashion and enjoy being bold and stylish!

Do you support any charities?

I recently attended Big Sunday’s 7th annual MLK clothes drive. I was able to help sort a MASSIVE pile of clothes to donate. It was an experience unlike any other.

What do you think of Social Media?

I think social media is a key aspect of career growth in today’s world. Today, we’re able to access more tools through social media to grow a following for your brand or business than ever before.

Where we can follow you?

All my socials are @itskarinarae aside from my YouTube and Facebook pages, under TheKarinaRae

Song: Love Me – The 1975

Movie: Clueless

Travel Destination: Anywhere warm and sunny

Book: The Secret

Sports Team: I’m obligated to support any and all New England sports teams

Cover Photo Credit: Brian Doherty

2nd Photo Credit: Dawn Kingston