Cara Frew, no stranger to the international scene

Cara has always been fascinated with music and wanted to be a singer from a young age.

After matriculating, Cara Frew moved to Los Angeles to further her studies at the Songwriting School of Los Angeles. During this time, she worked with Lauren Christy and Andre Lindal, the creative duo behind Kelly Clarkson’s Grammy-Award winning “Stronger”.  Listing Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey as some of her favourite artists, it was a dream come true to record music with Daniel Heath who was responsible for Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” and “Young and Beautiful”. All four tracks were co-written with Stefan Skarbek who worked closely with Amy Winehouse.

Shortly after, she collaborated with South Africa’s biggest export Black Coffee. ‘’I’ll Find You’’ was the first release off his 2015 album, “Pieces of Me”. In 2016 Cara was signed to Sony Music Entertainment Worldwide and released her debut album, “Flame”. Her lead single “Free,” was nominated for a South African Music Award, and her collaboration with American DJ SNBRN, “You Got Me,” has reached over ten million streams online.

Cara is no stranger to the international scene. In 2017 she performed at some of the biggest music festivals in the world, including Coachella Music Festival in California and Ultra Music Festival in Miami where she performed in front of thousands of people. She headlined the live stage at Ultra Music Festival in Singapore, performed throughout Toronto at Canadian Music Week, and sold out shows in Los Angeles at Soho House. Cara also took the stage at Johnny Depp’s iconic Viper Room, a nightclub located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

Her most recent release “Rise“, has kept up with her previous releases by having been playlisted on radio stations nationwide. She is currently working on her next release, which will be out in January 2022.

Q&A with Cara Frew

What tips can you share that have helped to shape your career?

Do not be afraid to reach out to other artists, collaboration is the key to success. Find what makes you unique and desirable as an artist. You get out what you put in, so dedicate 100% of your time and you will be pleasantly surprised. 

Who are some of your favourite musicians?

The Beach Boys, Amy Winehouse, Cleo Sol, Joy Crookes and Julia Michaels. From old school pop to new age jazz, I love music that is chilled but full of feeling. 

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Definitely Coachella Music Festival, California. It is still the biggest audience I have ever performed for, with it being one of the most popular music festivals in the world. It’s immersive and experiential nature is exciting as an artist and a part of the audience. After my performance, I was able to enjoy the festival and watch some of the biggest artists in the world. Another incredible aspect was that my mother and both of my brothers were there to support me, which made it even more special. 

What projects are you currently working on?

I will release my next single, “Electric Feels” on the 20th of January 2022. I wrote and recorded this one in Los Angeles, with Abe Dertner who produced my current single, “Rise”. “Electric Feels” is wrapped in pop vocals and an earthy feel, with organic elements that are driven by acoustic guitar and African drums. It’s about an electric love and I shot the music video in the Cradle of Humankind on my horse in a cowboy hat! It’s a bit of fun I am so excited to share it!

You have performed all over the world. What do you love about performing in Africa?

Home is home, there is something about the energy of my South African fanbase and the feeling they give me when I get on stage. It is magical. 

With FAME Week Africa being hosted in the Mother City, what do you love about Cape Town?

Cape Town is the definition of beauty, with its local taste at an international standard, it has absolutely everything from mountains to sea, an abundance of culture and delicious food. 

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