Can you give a career-to-date bio?
Karissa Ella’s youthful and soulful style is a breath of fresh air in today’s world of country music. Inspired by the likes of Shania Twain, Gretchen Wilson, Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood, her music, writing and live performances attract people of all ages. Armed with a Music Entertainment Degree from Belmont University and having been singing for crowds from the young age of 10 years old, Karissa is one of country music’s rising stars! Karissa Ella currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee and performs at venues and private venues throughout the U.S, especially in Tenn., Wis. and Ohio. In June 2018, she completed her first EP, having co-wrote two of the three songs. “Had Enough,” “Get Drunk Drink” and “Yard Sale” are all songs that are representative of what’s happening on today’s country music scene. Her second EP, Blossom, is due out in early July. Her first single, “VACAY” will kick-start your Summer! Stay tuned for more great Summer songs like “Levi Jeans,” “Me and Luke” and “Rosé All Day.” Plan on spending a lot of time cruising along with Karissa Ella and Blossom! For more information, visit www.karissaella.com.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What artists have consistently inspired you?
Honestly every artist doing their thing here in Nashville inspires me to keep going and to keep challenging myself. Gretchen Wilson, Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain and more are some of my idols who inspired me to be an artist.
What’s the best career advice you have ever been given?
The best career advice I have been given is to be patient and to be constantly challenging yourself, whether that’s with writing, networking, anything. Also, my favorite life lesson given is to surround yourself with people that bring you up in life, not tear you down.
“Me and Luke” — top five favorite Luke Bryan songs?
Only 5?! This guy is a LEGEND. Okay, “Drink A Beer,” “Rain Is A Good Thing,” “Country Girl, Huntin’,” “Fishin’ & Lovin’ Everyday,” and “That’ My Kind of Night.”
In my song “Me and Luke” There are a couple of references to his songs, hope you can pick them out!
In ways, yes! Taylor’s song is a bit more sentimental and mine is just an upbeat, funny song about Luke. This song is all about how much fans love Luke Bryan and how his music has touched us. We don’t even know Luke, personally, but we can’t help but love him and his music!
With a song titled “Vacay” — have to ask, what’s been your favorite vacation destination to date and why?
I love going on vacations, who doesn’t?! My favorite spot so far would have to be Cabo, Mexico. I loved the atmosphere, architecture, and beaches.
Dream vacation spot?
My dream vacation spot would have to be Santorini, Greece or Bora Bora!
Nashville is a favorite spot for tourists. What are some must-see places? Restaurants to try?
If you are visiting Nashville, you have to take a trip down 12 South to take a picture by the iconic “I Believe In Nashville” mural or the “Wings” in the Gulch. Nashville is home to many fun and beautiful murals! Also must-see attractions are The Bluebird, Johnny Cash Museum and of course Broadway!
I always say if you like to drink and eat, Nashville is the place for you! My favorite Nashville restaurants include: Edley’s BBQ, Saint Anejo, The Row and of course the famous Hattie B’s Hot Chicken.
Can you share the concept behind your upcoming EP “Blossom”?
My EP “Blossom” was named after the concert venue in my hometown called, Blossom Music Center. This place has been one of the biggest reasons I am an artist today. It is where I get inspired and get to watch my favorite artists perform. I can only hope that one day I’ll be able to share my music on that stage too. Performing on Blossom Music Center’s Stage is one of my biggest goals as an artist.
How has your music evolved since your self titled EP?
My music to me has evolved into something so personal. Everything on this EP has a specific memory attached to it. I really wanted my songs to be relatable and wanted them to hit every emotion. I am excited to hear what people think of my new music!
You have a Music Entertainment degree from Belmont — how has it prepared you for your career?
My degree prepared me by showing the other side of the music business. My relationships and internships at college helped me understand what it is like working for an artist and how it really does take a village. Not everyone needs to go to college like I did, but I do believe it made me more mature and prepared to take on the entertainment industry.
You host the writers’ round The Female Diaries-how did it start?
The Female Diaries was originally an online media platform aimed at supporting women in the music industry. Founder Trevor Perkins wanted to showcase women by creating a monthly writers round dedicated to empowering and supporting women in all genres of music. It has been a blast getting to host and play alongside all the talented women in Nashville.
Any pre-performance rituals?
As lame as it is, before every show I have to talk to my parents. Their voices and support still mean the world. I am lucky to have such supportive, loving parents.
With whom would you sing your dream duet?
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
I love playing at places like The Listening Room, The Back Corner, The Local and more! I love how Nashville offers you a more intimate setting for the artists and listeners. If you like listening to awesome original music, Nashville will blow you away.