The Music Idealist

From serenading ballads at jazz lounges to championing all women's beat battles, Katarra, singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer has performed in venues locally and across the nation. From the III Points Festival in Miami to opening a sold-out concert for Boyz II Men in Chesterfield, this St. Louis native brings a variety of talents and styles to the table. Pulling audiences into impassioned performances, Katarra hones sultry, yet powerful vocals and smooth keys that blend Jazz, Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Classical influences.

"My music ranges from emotionally explosive ballads, to boom bap R&B grooves, to Jazz centered Prometheans...all spilling from one place: the soul."

Katarra began her career performing at a local open mic, where she overcame years of anxiety by joining and eventually leading the resident band as a musician, singer, poet, and lyricist. While blossoming out of stage fright, Katarra began to draw crowds with her original songs and compositions, making a name for herself as a multifaceted performer and artist. Since then (2016) she has become a staple in the St. Louis music scene one stage at a time, leading to many opportunities such as: 

Joining artist collective ‘WeAreFarfetched’ by multi-disciplinary artist Damon Davis in 2018; gaining an 18-month Jazz Residency with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation in 2019; performing the 'Black National Anthem' at Tishaura Jones' Inauguration as St. Louis’ first black woman mayor in 2019; empowering women leaders at TedX St. Louis Women in the same year; performing live for Cori Bush's campaign in 2022; Opennig a sold-out concert for Grammy-winning group Boyz II Men, Katarra has gone from being voiceless to becoming a voice of her community.

After the release of her debut project ‘Cocoa Voyage’ in Nov. 2019, Katarra was listed on Bandcamp’s ‘Best Soul of 2019’, featuring ‘Cocoa Voyage’ on the story headline, and The Riverfront Time’s ‘Best Local Music of 2019’. Her story has since been covered by St. Louis' most cherished media platforms, such as STL Post Dispatch, STL Magazine, STL American, The Riverfront Times, NPR St. Louis Public Radio, and Voyage STL amongst others. A story of a phoenix rising from the ashes made its way around the city, and during positive and negative experiences with mental health, Katarra found healing and personal strength with every stage she touched. 

This story continues as Katarra’s soulful runs and revival of the jazz scat style, is a musical revolution all wrapped up in one woman, allowing her creations to dive into the ups and downs of loving and living, passion and pain, self-reflection, and self-awareness. 

PHOENIX RISING- A blog

To The Women Who Raised Me 

The women who helped raise me…

The reason why I get along better with elders. 

Why I always keep my heat past 80. 

Why I love Golden Girls, Matlock, and get nostalgia seeing Sesame street.

Why I LOVE large puzzles…

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Adult Swim on a School Night 

I learned a lot from Inuyasha, my first and favorite anime. How to slay and purify demons, and how to sing in Japanese. Lol. ❤️

I'll never forget the day I first saw it. Late on a school night, my…

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Full Circle Deux 

My story: After performing and getting my first standing ovation from 150+ people at Gateway Middle, later I auditioned for CVPA and was put on the waiting list. Never heard from them. I was devastated, but ended up continuing my…

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Blood, Sweat and Tears 

I got so much love from my city on Sunday. But for the first time in my life, I passed out from heat exhaustion right on the very last song. 😩 It was a health scare wake-up call for me…

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Alone. 

In elementary school, I ate lunch in the bathroom alone. In middle school, I ate lunch in the bathroom alone. In high school, I found the music room and ate lunch alone, with a piano. And now still to this…

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The Rose That Grew From Concrete 🌹 

The Rose that grew from concrete contemplates her freedom…should she allow past restrictions and trials to shape her story, or will she move to greener pastures where her light can be celebrated and not dimmed? Will she let her hard…

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Community 

My favorite part of my musical career in St. Louis has always been meeting crazy talented musicians and artists I've always admired from afar. I finally let them know how dope I think they are...all to have them in turn…

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Lift Every Voice And Sing 

Tomorrow I am honored to be a part of St. Louis history and black woman history. Tomorrow, I will be performing the Black National Anthem for the first black woman mayor of my city. Tomorrow my dreams come true along…

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Shooting Shots and Vaccination  

Got my first vaccine shot today and I can honestly say I have only one complaint. 

I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of gorgeous tall men in uniform. It was too much...I’m completely beside myself and am feeling…

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