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Rising Stars: Meet Karebear

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karebear.

Hi Karebear, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I have been singing since before I could talk. It’s always been a way to escape for me. Songwriting became more of a hobby when I started playing guitar at 13. I grew up in a big family and didn’t have a lot of time to myself, so I just sang whenever I was the only person in the house.

I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my songwriting as a teenager, but I continued practicing and now it’s become something I do on a daily basis.

I released my first ep at 19 under a different stage name and then released a few more singles with various producers. Most of my teenage life has been me just disassociating, not really living in the moment. Depression became a huge hurdle to overcome at around 16 and I’m just now getting out of it!

Because of dealing with both of those mental disorders, I’ve taken music a lot slower. And I finally feel ready to be vulnerable with my music for real! I’m so excited to be releasing new songs and playing shows in Nashville this year!! It’s just the beginning!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
As I mentioned before, I have dealt with disassociation and depression since I was about 16. Those were a product of a couple of toxic habits I had at the time, which I won’t get into.

It’s always been hard for me to fully go for it because I was always raised to be extremely practical. That plus, just dealing with imposter syndrome, as most artists do.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I hope to be a vocal coach and ghostwriter one day for artists. I love teaching so much!

But singing and arrangement have always been my main skill sets. I can’t imagine my life without them.

I think what sets me apart is just how difficult my story has been, mental health-wise. I hope to go on tour one day soon with my music! And I don’t think I would still have that dream if I gave in to my mental illness.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Always be re-evaluating your life! I am aware of dreaming and working towards what I want to accomplish. But I’ve realized more than ever, that I just want to help people and be surrounded by loved ones, and make good memories.

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Meredithe Bass Photography

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