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Meet Karen Dezelle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Dezelle.

Karen, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Music has always been my language. I was singing, playing piano, learning guitar, and writing songs from childhood. I grew up thinking a career in music was a pipe dream, so took a different route and started working in marketing. That career eventually led me to work for music startups… Pandora, SoundHound, and Songtradr, where I met many musicians and like-minded creatives who helped me pursue my own music career.

When I was at Pandora in my 20s is when I decided to record my first EP. Being around so many artists made me realize how possible the dream of being a musician actually was. My latest release, “Secret in the Heart of the Poet” is my 6th release. I’ve gotten to write for scripts, films, TV, play some amazing venues and festivals, and write with some incredible artists. It all turned into more than I could have imagined, and I’m grateful I followed the calling. I guess on a deeper level it’s made me realize that any limitations we put on what we can do are often really just in our own minds. I think we all instinctively know what we are meant to do; we just have to be brave enough to do it.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think every artist faces crippling self-doubt from time-to-time, but self-doubt is inherently self-focused. When I try to focus on others and what I can give again, it tends to fade. For example, if I’m nervous right before I go on stage, I think instead about who in the audience might need to hear the particular song I’m playing that day, who might find it healing or inspiring or connect with it, and then I’m not so worried about playing it anymore.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with your music– tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am a singer-songwriter who composes indie folk, with pop, Americana, alt-country influences. I love all genres and styles of music and try to experiment with blending different sounds. My songs are pretty focused on lyrics. I try to write things that people can relate to.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that Los Angeles attracts such creative, courageous people. A lot of talented people come here to pursue big dreams, and I think the artistic community here is wonderful.

The thing I like least is that I’m far from family.

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