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Featured, Indie Focus Published: February 27, 2013

Stephanie Caprara – Queen

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Exclusive Interview

Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I am a Canadian R&B singer/songwriter, born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. I began singing at a young age and got my first taste of the stage and performing at a school talent show. I instantly fell in love. At that moment, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I began vocal training and dedicated all of my free time to practicing and studying different genres of music. I listened and absorbed the genius of various incredible musical artists.

Through training under a phenomenal coach I discovered my niche and my own personal style. My first radio play was a dance remix of a hit song produced by a local label. My songwriting abilities have been recognized by the Canadian Radio Star-National Songwriting Competition where I placed 6th among hundreds of local songwriters. While in New York, I had the opportunity of working with many talented Hip-Hop/R&B songwriters, producers and musicians; performing at various venues both in New York City and New Jersey.

My collaborative works with a Montreal based producer/singer-songwriter resulted in my debut album, Blissful Sounds, which is a refreshing and unique fusion of R&B, Pop, Soul, and Hip-Hop. The single Blissful Sounds received air play on 105.1 MIKE FM Montreal. I was also featured on 94.7 Hits FM on the Local Music Spotlight.

Over the years, I have performed at various music festivals, shows, fundraisers and events (Montreal’s Italian Week, Operation Enfant Soleil, Johnny Lombardi Canadian Music Festival at Canada’s Wonderland, American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, to name a few). Today I continue to perform at various events and I am also working at producing my next album.

Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Queen is a song about confidence and inner strength. The message behind it is that, as women we should respect ourselves and never settle for anything less than what we want and deserve. We must not fear to take action and work on building our confidence, character, and attitude. In doing so, we will be looked upon as being far more than just sex symbols.

We are intelligent, beautiful creatures and I am encouraging all young women to put their minds forward. Let us show the world that we are strong, courageous, and determined beings than can attain success and respect. Being a diva and having swag personifies integrity, class, and intelligence. Self-respect will take you everywhere and beyond.

Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
My hardest challenge was probably being faced with the choice of having to sign a contract with a small indie pop label. Although it was a decent opportunity, I would have had to compromise myself as an artist and sacrifice my talent to a more commercial genre. I had to make a very tough decision, but looking back I feel I did the right thing by walking away. There have been instances where I had to choose between integrity and success.

I have always taken the road less traveled in my life no matter how difficult it has been. It is easy to sell one’s soul to the highest bidder, but there is so much more satisfaction in making it on my own terms. I pride myself on my hard work ethic as a vocalist and as a writer and I do not want to create meaningless songs. Music has gotten me through some very rough periods in my life and I respect writers that can sell a message of hope through their art.

Writing lyrics is difficult and not just words pieced together. I want to give people messages that they can relate to or carry with them. For me, it is art, it is telling a story; and I want to be an artist that people respect both as a role model and as a creative entity.

What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
I went through a time of personal challenge in my life where I was trying to deal with too many things at once. Although it was extremely difficult to manage and overcome, I knew that I could not give up on my dreams and chosen path. I stood strong and just kept going and concentrated on what was most important, the music! Life can be tough and quite demanding and I have had to face many set backs both on a personal and career level.

Choosing the right path when I was at a crossroad was not easy, but with each obstacle I learned something. Either we take it all; the good, the bad, and the ugly or we take none of it. I truly believe that with struggle comes success. Faith and prayer have also been my source of positive inspiration, along with a great support system from my parents.

What are some things artists need to be careful of?
This is a very tough and shady business. Artists should be constantly looking over their shoulders. It might sound extreme, but it is the truth. Regardless of whom you work with, make sure your ideas and your work are protected and always sign a contract to that end. Treat your songs like they are your children, nothing less. Ask questions when meeting producers and other writers, do not be afraid. Find out what their experience is, who they have previously worked with, their formal training and accolades, etc.

Trust is so important when looking for a writing partner or producer. The best songs are based on deep feeling and confessions of dark moments you may have faced. You want to feel comfortable with your co-writers in order to share your life experiences so that you can create true art.

What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Work hard! It does eventually pay off. Never give up and always believe in yourself, believe in your talent and creation. Never stop learning and training to be a better singer or musician, a true artist is insatiable. Listen to all types of music and different genres. Be open-minded, it is the only way that you can find your own style. Be creative, think outside the box. If you truly believe in something you must sacrifice everything to achieve what you set out to do. Above all, never ever be afraid to be yourself!

What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I use social media to promote my music. I am on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. I also like to stay connected with my fans. I always try my best to answer every comment and message I get. Those who support me are much appreciated. I am blessed to have wonderful fans and incredible supporters.

Where can people visit you?
My album, Blissful Sounds, is available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and other online music stores around the world.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephaniecaprara
Twitter: @MissStephyC
MySpace: www.myspace.com/stephaniecaprara
YouTube: www.youtube.com/stephxyz

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