Interview with Karimah – Double Bill
PEOPLE OF DJD//
There are many people that make up the community at the DJD Dance Centre. From artists, administrators, volunteers and beyond, these walls are pulsing with personality.
Singer, songwriter. Narrator of LOVESTRUCK
1. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
I am a singer/songwriter from Edmonton, AB. I sing and write in both English and French. I was on the TV show “The Voice Canada” a.k.a “La Voix” in 2017. Fun fact: I also do makeup and modelling on the side!
2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING? WAS SINGING ALWAYS YOUR CREATIVE OUTLET?
I have been performing for 16 years professionally. I loved singing at a very young age. I still have my kindergarten report card from my music teacher who said that I showed a love for singing. I distinctly remember being in church, many feet shorter than all the adults around me, feeling so free because I could sing at the top of my lungs, and that was allowed! From then, I pursued piano, guitar, and songwriting.
3. WHAT OR WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INSPIRATION TO YOU?
I am inspired by theatrical and charismatic performers. People like Queen’s Freddy Mercury to the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin inspire me to express myself in passionate and powerful ways.
4. HAVE YOU WORKED WITH DANCERS BEFORE?
I was part of an incredible tap show last year called “Jenna Werhun Presents: for the arms that have held me”.
5. HAS THIS EXPERIENCE CHANGED HOW YOU WILL WORK IN THE FUTURE?
I have always wanted to work with dancers for my own original projects. This experience has allowed me to see the work that goes into choreography and dance performance. I took jazz dance classes up until junior high, and loved it! Maybe I’ll reignite that side of me for a future music video. If I do, I will be sure to study the pros at DJD!