Deluxe Magazine: New Music Fridays

Deluxe Magazine: New Music Fridays

‘Loathe A Rose’

November 2021

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.

St. Louis Magazine: Emerging Artist

Amanda Woytus, November 2021

“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.”

Alive Magazine

Jasmine Osby, March 2020

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."

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