Carissa Vales

CARISSA IS A 23-YEAR-OLD SINGER AND SONGWRITER. ENGLISH, FRENCH AND SPANISH-SPEAKING, SHE COMPOSES HER OWN POP ROCK MUSIC WITH A LATIN TWIST IN ALL 3 LANGUAGES. IN FACT, SHE HAS BEEN CREATING HER OWN MUSIC SINCE SHE WAS 17. CARISSA HAS A FRESH, YOUNG, MODERN STYLE THAT IS TRULY HER OWN, AND A DETERMINATION THAT WILL NO DOUBT TAKE HER VERY FAR.

BORN IN QUEBEC TO A FRENCH CANADIAN MOTHER AND A MEXICAN FATHER, CARISSA WAS IMMERSED IN TWO CULTURES. SHE SPENT HER CHILDHOOD BETWEEN MEXICO AND CANADA. IN 1999, SHE MADE QUEBEC HER PERMANENT HOME. CARISSA DEVELOPED AN EARLY INTEREST IN MUSIC. SHE STARTED SINGING ALMOST AS SOON AS SHE COULD SPEAK! AS A TODDLER, SHE LEARNED 20 OR SO SONGS, WHICH SHE SANG TO ANYONE WHO LISTENED… AND THAT WAS ONLY A GLIMPSE OF WHAT WAS TO COME! WHEN SHE STARTED SCHOOL, SHE JOINED A CHOIR AND WAS IMMEDIATELY AND OFTEN ASKED TO SING SOLOS.

AT THE AGE OF 13, SHE BROADENED HER ARTISTIC HORIZONS, SIGNED UP FOR PRIVATE SINGING LESSONS AND STARTED STUDYING THEATRE AND CINEMA. SHE THEN PARTICIPATED IN MANY SINGING COMPETITIONS AND FESTIVALS, AS WELL AS PERFORMED AT MANY POPULAR VENUES. CARISSA WAS ASKED TO AUDITION FOR DIFFERENT SHOWS, TO PARTICIPATE IN A FEW EVENTS AND SHORT FILMS, AS WELL AS STUDIO RECORDINGS AND SO ON. CARISSA WAS ALSO CHOSEN THREE TIMES AS "JEUNE ESPOIR ENFANT SOLEIL" AND GAVE PERFORMANCES DURING THE SUN YOUTH TELETHON IN JUNE 2006, 2007 AND 2010. SHE SIGNED UP FOR THE "MUSIC ALL" CONTEST AND WAS AWARDED FIRST PRIZE IN DECEMBER 2006.

The classes she attended and her growing experience in show business reinforced her love for the stage and performing arts in general. She soon was asked to audition for different shows, to participate in a few events and short films, studio recordings and so on.

AT THE AGE OF 17, CARISSA WROTE HER FIRST ORIGINAL SONG, MR BEST. MUSIC QUICKLY BECAME THE ONLY WAY FOR HER TO EXPRESS HER TRUE FEELINGS TOWARDS LIFE AND TO DEAL WITH PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. IN 2011, SHE FOUNDED HER OWN PRODUCTION COMPANY, MECAM PRODUCTIONS, WITH TWO PARTNERS. AFTER THE RELEASE OF HER SONG SOLO ASI IN 2011, CARISSA’S NOTORIETY STARTED TO INCREASE. SHE TRAVELLED AROUND NORTH AMERICA TO PROMOTE HER INDEPENDANT 6 SONGS EP AND STARTED TO BE HEARD ON MAJOR RADIOS IN LOS ANGELES, SAN JOSÉ, LAS VEGAS AND SAN FRANCISCO. CARISSA WAS ALSO INVITED ON TV SETS SUCH AS CNN, GLOBAL TV USA, TV AZTECA AND UNIVISION TO PERFORM AND PROMOTE HER SONG.

THIS YEAR, CARISSA HAS WORKED ON HER BRAND NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM. PRODUCED BY HUGE MUSIC (PROPERTY OF HUGO DIAZ) AND RECORDED IN MIAMI, THE ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED IN 2015. IT PROPOSES A WIDE RANGE OF FUN-FILLED HOOKS MIXING POP, ELECTRO, POP-ROCK AND DUBSTEP. THE SONGS, ALL WRITTEN BY CARISSA HERSELF, WILL BE MOSTLY IN ENGLISH, BUT ALSO IN FRENCH AND SPANISH. LA CHAPELLE RECORDS/DISTRIBUTION SELECT WILL ENSURE AVAILABILITY ON MAJOR PLATFORMS.

CITY LIGHTS IS THE FIRST SONG RELEASED FROM CARISSA’S NEW ALBUM.

Pochette CD - Carissa Vales
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