1. Hello Karissa, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Hi!! Growing up, I loved all genres of music and really used music as a crutch to get me through the ups and downs of school. I’ve been singing since I was little and always dreamed of being on stage. My EP titled, “Blossom” is a prime example of this. I titled my new EP after the music venue in my hometown, Blossom Music Center. This place has been a constant source of inspiration for me. It is where I have seen my idols perform and is where I hope to someday rock the stage.
2. Who are some of your musical icons?
Some of my musical icons include: Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, Shania Twain, Zac Brown Band, Adele and so many more.
3. What was the first country CD you ever bought?
I honestly can’t think of the first CD but it was probably Gretchen Wilson. I have a lot of George Strait and Garth Brooks CD’s as well.
4. What is the background story behind your newest single “Me and Luke?”
I was in the writing room with Leslie Satcher and Alex Seier and I started showing Leslie some of the music I released last year. As I was showing her she was like, “You are kind of like a female Luke Bryan”. I was grinning ear to ear, it was one of the best compliments I have ever received. From there we decided to write a song about Luke Bryan and his fans. All of us were Luke Bryan fan’s, so this song was easy to write. There were a lot of laughs involved in creating this song!
5. How have you grown as a musician in 2019?
2019, was a huge growing period for me. I am releasing new music and making new friendships in the music industry. I can only hope to keep growing and learning as an artist and person. This year has been nothing but positive for me and I hope it only goes up from here!
6. Is there anything new else coming up with your music in 2019?
In May, the first single off my EP titled “Blossom”was released called, “Vacay” and in June the second single, “Me and Luke”. My EP will be fully released in July and I am so excited to have this project out there in the world. I have worked so hard on it and really love each song on the EP. I hope others can love and relate to my songs! The work never stops so I am still writing and playing new music constantly in hopes to keep releasing music.
7. What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?
In Nashville, I love playing writers rounds at venues like, The Listening Room, Belcourt Taps, The Local, Douglas Corner, The Back Corner and more!
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?
For more information please visit karissaella.com or follow me on social media at karissaellamusic! Thanks!