Katarra is the musical idealist, allowing her creations to go into the ups and downs of loving and living, passion and pain, self-reflection, and a need to bring self-awareness and change in the world.
Katarra “Cocoa Voyage” Album
The debut album from the self-taught singer, songwriter and pianist, Katarra’s “Cocoa Voyage” is the lovechild of soulful bliss and high-strung emotions. In her compilation of fierce records—fueled by effortless runs, harmonies and a dab of classical influence—Katarra uses her voice to somehow fuse the present with the past. With an intensity that is unmatched, “Cocoa Voyage” gives that ’90s “Love Jones” feel that R&B-lovers look for when seeking out timeless records. Tracks like “Phoenix Rising” and “Something Good For You” display Katarra’s vocal latitude and make her a bright star to keep an eye on as the year rolls on. Katarra says fans should seek out forms of emotional and physical expression during times of isolation to combat boredom and loneliness.
If St. Louis singer and songwriter Katarra Parson had to pick one of her songs to describe her life, it would be “Phoenix Rising.”
She appreciates the song because it's about flight, freedom and rebirth — the story of how she learned to take care of herself.
“'Phoenix Rising' is literally my journey of finding myself, of finding my power, stepping into that power, being comfortable with that power,” Parson said. “Now I'm at a point where I realized I got responsibility with that power.”
"Katarra Parson went from a shy pianist with near-debilitating stage fright to one of the city’s most talked-about vocalists and musicians in just a few years’ time. Her debut album, Cocoa Voyage, sounds like a synthesis of a short lifetime of musical influences: rich gospel piano chords, jazzily scatted vocal runs and propulsive hip-hop beats fade in and out. Many of those textures pop up on standout track "Conversation Golden" — silky synths swirl against a squelchy bass line, but only after a clacky upright piano and a virtual choir of Katarras introduce the song with a celestial air."
"Pianist and vocalist Katarra Parson’s Cocoa Voyage is an album that, indeed, feels like a journey. Opener and album standout, “Spring Before The Fall” is a spellbinding, piano-led track that sports dense layers of vocals. On “Watch Me Fly” and “Phoenix Rising,” Parson’s layered vocals swirl around gentle instrumentation. Cocoa Voyage’s jazzy production is compelling, working in support of—rather than competition with—Parson’s soulful voice."