L.A.-based singer/songwriter Colette Carr’s new release represents a radical reboot, with a more vulnerable, emotionally naked honesty that touches on frustrating relationships (“Moments in Love,” “Walking in Place”) before hitting bottom with a Tequila-fueled, self-loathing hangover (“3%”), an evolving sound she describes as “an indie Europop, dance-floor feel.”
A childhood tennis star whose back problems led to an interest in music, drawing and painting, Colette started listening to The Cure and The Smiths before discovering classic rock like Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, with favorites including Gwen Stefani, Talking Heads, Suzanne Vega and Deborah Harry before gravitating to rappers like Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg. A budding rapper herself, a teenage Carr was urged by her sister during a concert at UCLA featuring The Game to jump on-stage and freestyle herself.
A self-produced video, “Back It Up,” went to #1 at mtvU, which attracted the attention of Nick Cannon, who helped Colette release her debut mixtape, “Sex Sells Stay Tooned,” through his NCredible Entertainment label. Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine then signed Colette and sent her to the recording studio for her debut album, The Skitszo Collection, which produced the Billboard Dance hit, “Never Gonna Happen” and the Billboard Uncharted topper, “(We Do It) Primo,” working with producers such as RedOne (Lady Gaga).
Taking what she learned at the label, Colette has now set out to make it on her own. Working with FrankMusik in his small studio, Carr confronted all those insecurities and vulnerabilities in her music.
Colette has already road-tested some of the new material while playing on iHeartRadio’s recent “On the Rise” tour. She’s currently rehearsing the songs with a full band, ready to bring the new music to her fans, making sure they know the motivation behind her every creative move. More than just her music and art, Colette’s life, is dedicated to “helping and inspiring people to be comfortable and confident with who they are. I’m not afraid to let everyone see my flaws. I’d love to see this music inspire people.”