This is not the first article I’ve ever written about our very talented neighbors to the North. I’ve told you all about many country singers from Canada. Today, I have another one. Her name is Kara Della Valle. When you hear her music, and watch her play acoustic guitar, you can’t help but think Taylor Swift. The way she writes, the way she sings, the expressions – everything just puts me in mind of Taylor.
With the success Taylor found in country music, I don’t think Kara will mind me making the comparison. You can watch her doing Taylor’s “Tim McGraw,” by clicking here. But when you watch that one, don’t lose sight of the fact that Kara is not Taylor Swift, and she isn’t trying to be. While there may be similarities in between the two, Kara is definitely her own person, with her own talents. In addition to Taylor, Kara lists her musical influences as Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, The Script and Michelle Branch.
I don’t know much about this young lady. I know she is 20, and I know she is from Canada. I did read the bio on her facebook page, and of course I visited her web site. I spoke with her briefly via Twitter (@karadellavalle). With only that much to go on, I’m going to have to pull things from her ‘About’ section on facebook. Everything there is interesting, everything there is well-written, and everything there tells you about Kara much better than I could.
I like how that section started. They wrote ‘Like fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, Kara Della Valle got her start on YouTube. Unlike most YouTube artists, however, Kara’s first video was an original song.’ I’ve listened to a number of her songs, and I hope all of you will, too. I particularly liked “Tonight.” You can see the lyric video for that one by clicking here. She has a YouTube channel, too.
Here’s a little more from her bio: Her song “Tonight” has taken on a life of its own, racking up views across the web. The self-penned lyrics (“Cause it all comes rushing back/Your eyes look the same as/The first day we met/But you walk by like we haven’t/And I feel the same as/Two years ago tonight”) have appeared in many Facebook statuses, tweets, and Tumblr posts, resonating especially with Kara’s young female followers. “The main thing that inspires me to write songs is what happens to me. I know that’s a very common answer, but I think it would be weird if someone didn’t say that,” she says. Kara’s honesty and accessibility in her lyrics make her a friend and confidant to her followers, who often ask for advice on topics ranging from beauty to boyfriends.
However, Kara’s ready to sing to more than just a camera. “There are a lot of things you get to experience when you’re a musician and I think performing is my favorite. I’d love to go on tour and introduce people to my music.”
In November 2012, Kara released the follow-up to her successful independent debut, Out Loud. Her new album, Glass, is now available at all major digital outlets. During its first week on sale, the independent release charted alongside the likes of Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood as it hit the Top 100 Country Albums chart on iTunes.
She’s described as having a ‘blend of country, pop, rock and folk that is reminiscent of some of the great female singer-songwriters of the 90s, like Jewel and Shawn Colvin.” For a traditional country music fan, like me, her pop/rock/folk isn’t too much. There’s still enough country there for me to add her to my list of favorite up-and-coming country artists.
Here is the video for Kara’s new single, South Dakota. I’ve been playing this thing a lot the past few days. And, I’m very curious to hear what all of you think of the video, and the song. She is definitely a talented writer, and shows a lot of confidence in her performance.
I’ve said before, and I’ll probably say it many times again – I don’t have the talent to take feelings and put them into words. Some people do. Kara is definitely one of those people. She has an original song on her web site, that she wrote about Jake. He died as a result of an ATV accident. The song is so emotional, “It’s a shame your song was only half played, but we’ll all sing it forever… Does God even know what he has, is it too late to ask for you back.” The song ends with an announcement of a memorial concert to be held in Jake Hughes honor in May.
This is one of the new artists I’m really excited about. I like the way she sounds, I like the way she looks, I like the way she writes. At just 5’3” tall, Kara Della Valle shows us all that big things really do come in small packages. I think we’ll be hearing a lot from this new country artist in the future. I for one am anxious to hear what she has in store for us next.
I’ll be back with more later.