Singer-Songwriter | Actress | Coach
Singer-songwriter Raquel Kiaraa drops her new album called "Defying Odds." A compilation of Raquel's most unique and charismatic songs, this album has a profound meaning. In it, Raquel is owning her power, celebrating the beauty of not only giving life to the child but giving light to herself, her strength, and her music goals.
Powerful and commanding, Raquel shows that she will continue to rise through all challenges as she moves through pregnancy and toward becoming a mom for the second time. The title of the album speaks to women's power to transcend the status quo. Time and again, women rise to the occasion proving to themselves and the world that the impossible is possible, and their dreams are alive, and we are achieving them. In her own words: "We are women – Defying Odds. I am a woman – Defying Odds."
As a follow-up to her highly acclaimed singles and music videos, "Love to the Moon," "Dear Jesus," and "Release Me," she then dropped "We Know," a groovy love song that only proved Raquel to be a fresh talent in the world of pop music. Raquel's music sounds unmistakably modern and fresh. Every song is a genre-defying vignette of life in the twenty-first century, as seen through her eyes. Her singles, "Love to the Moon" and "Dear Jesus," received accolades from around the world as well as placements on numerous streaming playlists and international radio stations and programs. In addition, "Love to the Moon" received in-store placements playing out in the following brands, Natan (Belgium), Mcdonalds (Switzerland), Shakeaway (UK), Helly Hansen (Norway).
As pure and honest as ever, her new songs are charged with intense emotions and personal experiences. Raquel brings authenticity to every moment of every song on this album. To name a few, "Lost Without You" and "Love Got Me Sick" are two of the marvelous stand-out tracks on the album. The music is intricate, the lyrics - simple yet powerful. One can't stay away from Raquel's enchanting voice and her majestic delivery.
Raquel leads a life of defying odds, learning to sing and play the piano at 32, writing all her lyrics and creating her first album and stepping into motherhood all at the same time. By 2019, Raquel was motivated and determined enough to turn her goals into reality. Believing in the power of her music, she assembled a band of accomplished musicians. After only two rehearsals, some vocal lessons and music sheets for 13 original songs, Raquel produced two sold-out 250+-seater performances, selling her tickets and running her publicity single-handedly. Her success is a result of hours of hard work and determination.
Raquel is a role model for many young adults. Moreover, her inspirational net spreads beyond the music industry since Raquel is also a successful entrepreneur, business owner and coach to many athletes.
"One cannot rise without lifting others." is her mantra and the solid philosophy behind her coaching. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Raquel pushes boundaries both vocally and physically. Striving to be the best at whatever she puts her mind to (coach, songwriter, vocalist, actor) with skills still yet to be realized, she strongly believes in giving back, including philanthropy and mentoring women through self-image and self-love coaching.
"Defying Odds" shows that Raquel no longer accepts the impossible because she makes all things possible.
AND MUSIC VIDEO
What the critics have said
When an artist looks to pen another hit, they usually dig deep into their emotional archives in search of inspiration.
And, that is exactly what songstress Raquel Kiaraa has done for her newest release, “Scorpio (Stripped)”.
Revealing her fearless attitude with the song, the lyrics are junctioned to hit every core and feeling.
The artist’s musical journey has been a roller coaster of emotions with every drop,
and this latest track is just the perfect addition to it.
A sensual, pulsing pop track, "Love Got Me Sick" follows previous singles
"Dear Jesus," "We Know," "Love to the Moon" and "Release Me."
It's an ode to the all-consuming nature of love — fits of passion that shed their skin in the raw power of Kiaraa's vocal delivery.
From the cage, all the way to her cages and make-up, the video perfectly captures what she's trying to say
as evidenced by the inclusion of the snake, which symbolizes the idea of not realizing the person you love might be a snake as well.
"Her faith, strength, maturity, and clairvoyant artistic vision to create timeless songs like “Dear Jesus”
and “Release Me” will undoubtedly secure her a place among tomorrow’s prominent pop singer-songwriters."
"Her vocal performance beautifully conveys the full spectrum of human emotions, transforming poetry into music,
an approach in the footsteps of her mentor, the iconic Leonard Cohen."
"Release Me” is yet another example of Kiaraa’s profound vision when it comes to songwriting and music making."
"With an ever-so-gently repeated hook “release me,” listeners will be driven to a complete state of seclusion and peace."
“We Know” parades yet another aspect of Raquel Kiaraa’s versatility.
While the track may be realized as having a lighter vibe than her past songs,
the artist still preached our unspoken feelings of love, hope, and unity with extraordinary refinement. "
"Raquel Kiaraa is almost intimidatingly impressive…an inspiring piece about perseverance and the unrelenting power of the human soul,
even at its lowest points and I can’t recommend it enough."
“...a beautiful anthem...Wonderfully performed, mixed, and mastered to perfection creating a distinct sense of atmosphere and intimacy."
“…something beautiful that will connect with many... a god-given natural talent…
Kiaraa has a very clear vision of her future, and she’s writing it."
“….a song full of rich emotional complexity...an inner and outer dialogue from a woman singing from the depths of her heart...
The production is rich and gorgeous and refreshingly modern and Raquel’s voice as mentioned earlier is just fantastic especially with the chorus and its passage of “Do you hear me, do you care” are just spine-chillingly good…”
..."Dear Jesus” is joyful and uplifting in the traditional sense. In a nontraditional way,
“Dear Jesus” leaves all the barriers at the door – all music fans are welcomed.”
“...a moving pop track with stirring piano stretches and long-lasting vocals.
Kiaraa is a gentle force, a beam of light in a music world focused on staying in the shadows’ darkness.”
"Filled with compassionate vocals and heartfelt prose,
“Dear Jesus” is an anthem to the downtrodden, the forgotten and the listeners that feel invisible.”
“...one of the year’s most beautiful and emotionally rich tracks...“Dear Jesus” is a letter to the universe,
a plea most high, for strength and guidance. Listeners of all faith and creed will find Kiaraa’s song divine. “
““Dear Jesus” is poetry in motion and a spellbinding song by any measure.”
"A beautiful example of prayer...Raquel has such an amazing voice! The track is well created and the song is very accessible.
What the critics have said about ‘Love To The Moon’…
"Smoky and melodically appealing from multiple angles…it’s quite the find indeed.”
“...incredibly charming...her method of attack and what it yields are terrific…"
TOO MUCH LOVE
“...an extremely talented musician, who already has her music playing in several countries, she captivates everyone with her classic Jazz style…”
“...its retro stylization of this singer’s harmony with the band is as welcome today as it will be one hundred years from now...this is a rare occasion on which the subject lives up to the buzz...there isn’t a spot of substance to this piece that doesn’t ache with charisma and honesty."
"Incredibly melodic...bold and colourful in the right ways... Kiaraa has a real shot at becoming an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.”
“...a rich talent ...an artist everybody needs to get curious about this month."
THE INDIE SOURCE
“This is a songstress with immense presence...an authenticity in her debut that I believe warrants a second look in the future. ...Keep your eye on this one."
"Modern, multi-talented and unmistakably up-to-date, Raquel Kiaraa is destined to grow, and you need to make this journey with her. The artist mixes tones of pop with jazz and creates a unique and personal art. Check out her new release "Love to the Moon".
“...worthy of applause..this is the gal to go see."
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