What is the song about? What inspired it?
The song, ‘Finale,’ is pure romantic passion. It was me manifesting a love of a lifetime during my love addict days. A fantasy of what life would be like with someone I felt deep love for: that pure agape love. The rush of dopamine released by just one touch, the desire to kiss them multiple times, and how every interaction feels like a grand finale every single time. It captures the magic of infatuation and admiration for a lover.
What led you to creating music in the first place?
I grew up surrounded by and was raised by soul, gospel, and R&B music. It wasn’t before long until I found the piano as a kid and taught myself to play. I became obsessed with creating music. Mainly, I was writing love songs about secret crushes. [laughs] I would be 11 years old, literally bawling my eyes out, writing Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey ballads about boys who had no idea I existed. As I grew older, I began composing more and making beats, writing more in-depth songs about my life experiences—but have always been a hopeless romantic.
What makes your music unique?
My music is unique because it literally is “soul” music. It comes purely from my soul and is how I express various intense emotions. I’m able to sonically express the many highs and lows of human emotion and have found that these sounds not only heal me, but heal all who listen. On the style side, it is an amalgamation of so many genres that have influenced me: A marriage between Soul and R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Classical.
What’s next for you?
Beyond performing at shows nationally, I’m focusing on recording the hundreds of demos and songs I have waiting to be released to the world. I’ve experienced so much in the past several years and feel that these songs are the antidote to a world that really needs love and truth right now.
Who else in STL is inspiring you right now?
There are too many to name! Any artist who is independent, grinding, performing, and promoting themselves on their own are who inspire me. I’ve always been pro-underdog, so I love the many hidden gems in this city. The ones who are crazy brilliant and gifted and putting themselves out there and taking risks. Also, the ones who are bringing national to international attention to St. Louis and what we have to offer as a very musically rich city. Tristano, Tonina, Monkh, Kong, TreG, the Domino Effect, NandoStl, StringzEmb, Mvstermind, We Are Root Mod, the ENTIRE Jazz and Producer scene (Brady Lewis, Antonio Foster, Carlos Brown, Tim aka MadMan, Dhoruba, James Biko, Noewan, Owen Ragland, Madkeyz, Ryan Marquez are some of my favs). Some hidden gems are Che Sanchez, Nic@Nite, Jizoo, Syna So Pro, BBP, and Tense.Era. I could go on!
Join us on April 20 in the Central Library Auditorium, as the Queen of St. Louis herself appears live and in-person for a singular show that will blow your mind as Not So Quiet! proudly presents KATARRA PARSON.
From serenading jazz lounges to championing beat battles to empowering women at TedX St. Louis, Katarra Parson has performed in venues across the nation.
This St. Louis native, singer-songwriter, musician and producer brings a variety of talents and styles to the table, pulling audiences into her impassioned performances with nuanced vocals and silky keys mixing and blending Soul, R&B, Jazz and Hip-Hop. Check her out here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5kr6S6wqetq2TAN9LbDSAl
Katarra represents a creative force of Black Girl Magic. Whether solo or with her band of fellow St. Louis musicians, she brings a raw sultriness rarely heard with soulful runs reminiscent of the greats and does it all in a revival of Jazz-Scat style like you ain’t never heard!
Katarra Parson is a musical revolution and a emotional revelation wrapped up in one fantastic, ecclesiastic experience called music and spelled F-I-R-E. She has performed at Tishaura Jones' Mayoral Inauguration, receptions for Cori Bush's 2nd run for Congress and joints all over STL!
No tickets will be sold; all seating is first come – first served. Doors to the Auditorium open at 7 pm and the great Katarra Parson shall appear in her full force of womanhood from 7:30 until 9 pm. That’s 90 solid minutes of music for FREE!
The Not So Quiet! concert series is supported by In Depth with Graham Bensinger and St. Louis Public Library Foundation.
Call Joe Schwartz for more information 314-539-0347
Join us on Tuesday, August 9, at 7:00 PM ct for Listen Live with Katarra. This online event will stream live on the KDHX YouTube page at YouTube.com/KDHX with a portion also broadcasting live on 88.1FM.
Sponsored by Missouri History Museum.
"The dramatic new single from Katarra Parson finds the singer/songwriter self-producing alongside a familiar roster of fellow musicians. Together, they explore a tension and release format that delivers dopamine rush after dopamine rush. With Andrew Gibson on drums, Tilton Yokley on bass, Joey Ferber on guitar and Jahi Eskridge on trumpet, “Loathe A Rose” escalates something that begins as an easy, latin, groove-based piano-jazz number into an embattled tango of emotional psychedelia. Somewhere along the way, a vulnerable protagonist steps through a restless soaring ballad to embrace a righteous and powerful sensuality. The sheer aesthetics of it all make this full length debut (the radio edit is two minutes shorter) fly by a lot faster than the eight and a half minutes it actually measures out to.
This song was recorded by Daniel Merhman at Midtown Studios and Katarra granted me six multitrack session files of individual instrument groups that constitute the final master. On this show, you’ll be hearing those isolated instrument tracks alongside Katarra’s narrative. She sat down at her piano to walk us through her creative and technical process. Songs Out Loud breaks it down instrument by instrument, lyric by lyric and beat by beat."
Singer/songwriter and pianist Katarra Parson is set to release the power ballad 'Loathe A Rose' November 29th on all streaming platforms. On the second anniversary of her debut album, Cocoa Voyage, Soul/R&B artist Katarra will be releasing the passionate and jazz centered single to the public. Recorded live with Andrew Gibson on drums, Tilton Yokley on bass, Joey Ferber on guitar and Jahi Eskridge on trumpet, this song mixes jazz and soul with a Latin feel. With raw vocals and keys in tow, Katarra sings a rebel cry of self-love for the underdog. From the Phoenix that rose from the ashes, to the rose that grew from concrete, Katarra presents her first live and epic single, composed and produced by herself.
“Katarra is killing it on the keys. The singer-song-writer is performing at The Sheldon, its stained glass windows dark in the September evening. Purple and pink lights project a groovy damask-like pattern behind the artist and her two-piece band. The vibe changes from mellow to moody to explosive as the artist shifts from the keyboard to piano and back again. One minute, we’re in a stream of soulful vocals and shimmering cymbals, feeling the flow; the next, we’re rocketed into orbit. “Sing, Katarra,” someone calls from the audience. “I have a lot of things I have to get off my chest,” the singer tells them, “that I have to express,” before launching into “Conversation Golden,” off her debut album Cocoa Voyage.”