Spotlight Session: Singer & Songwriter Karly Moreno

“Behind every successful woman, is a team of women who have her back no matter the circumstance…”-Marge Piercy

We believe in empowering one another as women in a world of diverse opinions, beliefs, and goals.

We decided to launch a series of interview’s with women we feel truly stand out in their own individual creative ways.

We welcome our first “Spotlight” interviewee, Karly Moreno, on singing, writing music, the ups and downs of a music career, successes and failures, and so much more.

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Q: At what age did you know you wanted to pursue singing?

A:  For as long as I can remember, I have loved singing. When I was 5 my mom surprised me with Britney Spears tickets and after that I was putting on little performances for my family. I’d even go around at our family restaurant from table to table singing for people. At 11, I started learning guitar and writing my own music. Not to mention, growing up my mom was in a band and totally influenced me in the best way! I knew pretty early on that music was going to be part of my life.

Credits: Photography: Jose Landeros Stylist: Marquita Lopez Hair and Makeup: Susie Lauri Nails: Pardon My French Nail Bar Location: Galileo Capri Yacht Offered By The Luxierge Look 2 Top/Overalls: Stylist Own Jewelry: Stylist Own

 

Q: What inspired you to take on singing as your full-time profession?

A:   Well first off, it’s what I am most passionate about! When I graduated high school at 18, my parents gave me the option to either go to college or do music full time and said they would support me in whatever I chose to do… of course I chose music! Since then I’ve gotten to do some pretty cool things and work with super talented people!

Credits: Photographer: David Fitzgerald Stylist: Marquita Lopez HA/MA: Susie Lauri Nails: Pardon My French Nail Bar Look 3: Dress: Element Jacket: Stylist Own Earrings: Sterling Forever Necklace: Stylist Own Hat: Steve Madden

 

Q: Every artist experiences challenges, what have been some of yours throughout your career?

Photographer: Jose Landeros Stylist: Marquita Lopez HA/MA: Susie Lauri Nails: Pardon My French Nail Bar Location: Galileo Capri Yacht Offered By The Luxierge Look 3: Dress: Element Jacket: Stylist Own Earrings: Sterling Forever Necklace: Stylist Own Hat: Steve Madden

 

A:   There are definitely challenges I have faced while pursuing music, one of those things being comparison. It’s hard not to compare when there are so many talented people around. I just have to remember that I am unique and different and on my own journey. Another challenge, more recently has been losing my voice. I had a “pre-nodule” on my vocal chord along with acid reflux and just an over-use of the voice and it took me out of the game for 6 months. That was a hard season for me… not being able to do what I love. I had a lot of amazing people around me praying for me and encouraging me. God is good.

 

Photography: Jose Landeros Stylist: Marquita Lopez Hair and Makeup: Susie Lauri Location: Galileo Capri Yacht Offered By The Luxierge Look 4: Dress: Element Jacket: Stylist Own Earrings: Sterling Forever Necklace: Stylist Own Hat: Steve Madden

Q: Who is one singer you could name that you would love to duet with or perform a cover of one of their songs?

A: Norah Jones! I grew up listening to her in my grandmas car and she has been a huge musical inspiration to me ever since ! Performing a duet with her would be surreal!

Photography: David Fitzgerald Stylist: Marquita Lopez Hair and Makeup: Susie Lauri Location: Galileo Capri Yacht Offered By The Luxierge Look 4: Dress: Element Jacket: Stylist Own Earrings: Sterling Forever Necklace: Stylist Own Hat: Steve Madden

 

Q: Where do you see your singing career heading in the next five years?

A:  Within the next five years, I’d love to be making a living doing what I love to do, touching and inspiring people with my music! I would love to be touring and playing on bigger stages, maybe even that duet with Norah Jones.. 😉

 

Photography: Johnny Vu Stylist: Marquita Lopez Hair and Makeup: Susie Lauri Location: Galileo Capri Yacht Offered By The Luxierge Look 4: Dress: Element Jacket: Stylist Own Earrings: Sterling Forever Necklace: Stylist Own Hat: Steve Madden

 

Q: What has been the most gratifying experience throughout your singing career thus far?

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A: It’s hard to pick just one so here’s a few! Singing at the Rose Bowl for Autism Speaks was an amazing experience, opening up for Americas Got Talent at the Greek Theater, working with some great producers and meeting a lot of awesome people in the industry. I got to sing for J-lo, Harry Connick Jr and Keith Urban…. THAT WAS SCARY. But, probably the most gratifying thing is seeing how people connect to and are affected by the songs I write. That’s the goal.

 

Photography: Johnny Vu Location: Galileo Capri Yacht Offered By The Luxierge

 

Q: Finally, what is one fun fact no one or not many people know about you?

A:  My friends and I quite often have spontaneous dance parties in parking structures at midnight. It’s a good time.

 

We hope this interview inspired you to pursue your dreams and know that no matter what you do, make sure that your heart and soul is in chasing your dream with your mind, too.

A special thank you to our set sponsor, The Luxierge, a luxury concierge service for all your luxury oriented home/home technology needs, for providing us with the perfect location and right match for this spotlight interview.

 

Stay tuned for a continuation of sessions in this series.

 

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