Kara Marni

Kara Marni might be an old soul at heart but that doesn’t mean that her sound is one from the past. Creating brilliantly modern, smooth R&B, Kara takes inspiration from some of the greats – think Minnie Riperton and Lauryn Hill – and infuses it with her own modern sensibilities, showcased perfectly on her debut EP “Love Just Ain’t Enough”. Fresh from her tour with Rita Ora and Raye, we get to know the 20-year-old powerhouse a little bit better.

What was the first album you fell in love with?

Perfect Angel by Minnie Ripperton

You have toured with the likes of Rita Ora, Ray BLK and Madison Beer - what have these tours taught you about being a musician?

I’ve learned to be able to expect the unexpected and deal with it as best as I can! A live situation means that anything can happen... and it does!

What is the best piece of advice you received on tour?

Rita Ora said to make sure that, as much as it’s a mad ride, to really take it in and enjoy every second, which I try to do!

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Which women in music are inspiring you right now?

There are so many, but in particular, I really love SZA and H.E.R at the moment. They are two incredible females being true to who they are, in both their songwriting and as people. It is beyond inspiring.

Your videos are quite classic, what inspires your style and do you have a favourite era for fashion?

I love the 80s style – from Sade, who is timeless and elegant, right through to someone like Gigi Hadid - because of how she incorporates that classic vibe, but with a fun twist to it.

What can fans expect from you in the next few months?

I’m back in the studio writing so hopefully some new music and lots more shows - and festivals in the U.K and Europe!

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You’ve made us a playlist of inspiring women, why have you chosen them?

Some of these females in the playlist - Amy, Minnie and Sade, are women that inspired me to want to sing and make music in the first place. They had a profound effect on me, each in different ways - whether that be with Amy, in the way she told her stories or Minnie, where she told hers in interesting ways by being able to manipulate different parts of her voice. Kali Uchis, Ella Mai and H.E.R are a few of the talented females who continue to keep me inspired now, that have made me feel the same way as I did listening to them while growing up