Signer-Songwriter | Actress | Coach
Raquel Kiaraa is a modern-day chanteuse who defies genre with musical dexterity. She gave wings to her music in 2018, having never sung or played an instrument prior. “At 32 I learned how to sing and play the piano so I could transform my poetry into music, the same age as my muse/role model, Leonard Cohen when he began making music,” she shares. Love, loss, hopelessness, and redemption weave seamlessly throughout her deceptively simple yet soulful lyrics.
Raquel’s voice has been compared to Grace Potter and Enya. Her energy, showmanship and performance presence have been inspired by the talented Lady Gaga and Cher, curating her own unique stage costumes that command her presence to be felt and known.
By 2019, Raquel was motivated and determined enough to finally turn her goals into reality. By simply believing in the power of her music, she assembled a band of accomplished musicians and, after only two rehearsals, some vocal lessons and music sheets for 13 original songs, Raquel produced two sold-out 250+-seater performances, selling her own tickets and running her own publicity single-handedly.
But nothing has come without a cost for Raquel; there were many lows in her life, in particular an athletic career thwarted by an injury. But as a young, tall, awkward teen, she emerged into adulthood with startling poise and glamour, believing that fear would never be her leader. On the way to becoming, Raquel wrote her feelings into her journal. Words, stories, and observations in life were etched into the pages of what would one day be released to the world as lyrics to her hauntingly beautiful songs.
Raquel‘s debut single, "Scorpio," released in the fall of 2020, was instantly featured on international radio playlists around the world including France, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Ireland, the U.K. and more, as well airing from coast to coast across the US. An opportunity for a feature film role also came along and, not one to pass up a challenge, Raquel took to the screen naturally. The Canadian made Hell or Tide Water, now available on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, The Fantasy Network and Roku, not only resulted in an offer for Raquel to be the leading lady once again in the upcoming sequel, it will also include one of her musical compositions in the soundtrack.
No stranger to determination and grit, Raquel is also a qualified trainer and coach to a host of 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 young women through self-image and self-love coaching.
At once beautiful and ferocious, with elements spanning the last fifty years of popular 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 most recent release, "Love to the Moon", received accolades from around the world as well as placements on numerous streaming playlists (and still counting) and international radio stations and programs.
Raquel’s latest release ‘Dear Jesus’ can only promise more of the same. The poetry alone undoubtedly delivers, weaving a tapestry of belief in the ultimate goodness of human companionship. ‘Dear Jesus’ is a song for everyone, the soul searcher, sinner, seeker, and all who have experienced the dark night of the soul - Raquel projects on an emotional level rarely found in the pop music scene. Raw and soulful, she pleas to feel the compassion of the universe. Kiarra soars as if on the wind with an undercurrent of soft jazz. This is a time of extreme isolation and loneliness. ‘Dear Jesus’ evokes the hunger for a sign that something larger than us can ease this pain of getting by in this life.
This timely spring release of ‘Dear Jesus’ brings a special message of assurance that hope can return.
Hope is what we all long for, and we ask….
Are you listening?
Do you hear me?
Do you care?
In only a short time, Raquel has already established herself as an artist to listen to until the last note. Modern and unmistakably fresh, Raquel Kiaraa is destined to rise, and you want to be on that journey with her.
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."
A fierce guide for moving through challenges and fear to get straight to achieving your goals.
• Strengthen your voice • Develop your leader • Prioritizing your moves