KARIMA FRANCIS is an amazing singer/songwriter from Blackpool.
She sings the kind of music that gets peoples’ attention. Her vocals are hauntingly lonely, yet optimistic at the same time. She’s one of those artists that we always say was born to sing. We, literally, can’t imagine her doing anything else but performing.
Like so many talented musicians, she got her feet wet in music when she was very young. She taught herself to play drums when she was 13. It’s tough to write music on the drums, so she learned guitar and started writing songs.
But Karima is a creative-type of person who can get bored really easily.
She decided to pack up and leave London and see what life is like in Los Angeles. So she sold some of her stuff (like guitars) and bought a one-way ticket to LA. The whole LA/So Cal vibe was just what her soul needed. It brought a whole new level of meaning to her music.
Songwriters write about what they know. They write about what they see. Karima saw homelessness in LA. She saw huge mansions where celebrities live. She saw the extreme contrast between the two lifestyles. How people can live so differently in the same place had an effect on her.
We all see the fancy homes and cars on TV and in the movies. Most people are not exposed to the massive homeless crisis in LA. So when you see it for the first time, it can be kinda jarring. It’s like a big dose of reality. It’s a shock!
It inspires some people to do things like donate to a worthy cause. It inspired Karima to write a song to try to highlight the problem and (hopefully) make a difference.
The video goes thru a day in the life of a real homeless man. (He’s not an actor). He wanted to do it to help bring awareness to the problem. So…There’s a lot going on in this song. You may have to listen to it a couple times to get it all. But it is available for download on iTunes or streaming on Spotify.
The SOUND KHARMA new music discovery podcast “Song Spotlight” (ep 56) is posted. Stream/download to discover other new songs, singers, artists and bands.