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Editor’s Note: Every Monday, Wear Your Voice highlights an artist that is radically unapologetic and boldly wears their voice. This week, we share with you the magical world of Ka’Ra Kersey, a  Bay Area-based artist whose ethereal voice,  hypnotizing sound and unexpected beat drop will elicit all the feels. Follow Ka’Ra on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

Musical Style:
World/ Jazz / Reggae

Musical Influences:

(Mother Earth) The Absynnians, Ella Fitzgerald, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Sun Ra, Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spears, Bette Davis (the first black funk singer aka Miles Davis’s wife!), Bessie Smith.

How long have you been singing?
 I’ve been singing professionally since I was 12 years old.

Dream musical collaboration:

Jah9 or Gregory Isaacs.

If I could open up for one artist it would be:

Erykah Badu.

Only seems appropriate to ask–what are your intentions? 

My greatest intention and mission in life is to create positive healing music for our present and our future generation! I wrote this song ultimately to check in with ourselves. What are your intentions? What are you trying to grow and manifest within self? Many of us run from our trauma, so I created this song to check in and really ask how are you doing???

How do you navigate motherhood and artistry? 

Meditating, being in nature, communicating and listening to self.  Taking breaks from social activities. I have a strong mother who helps me when I need a break.

How do you Wear Your Voice?

I wear my voice by singing about Life and what the people grow through.

 Anything else you want WYV readers to know?
Yes, December 21st, the first day of Winter Solstice I will be releasing a reggae EP of about 2- 3 songs. These songs are very old reggae songs that never really got huge or mainstream. I wanted to honor these artists/songs because their powerful messages were created to heal our mind, body, and soul.
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Originally from the Bay, I was uprooted from my eclectic surroundings and forced to spend my formative years in conservative San Joaquin County (Stockton) after Loma Prieta. Earthquake central couldn't deter me, and in 2010, I relocated to San Francisco. After a year of not being rich or knowing how to code, I moved to Oakland, where my momma and my momma's momma were born. Oakland has changed A LOT from when I was growing up, and I love getting reacquainted with my roots. Like our city's logo, Oakland grounds me, it's where I've rediscovered myself and unleashed my creativity. If I were a tattoo, I'd be eyes on my eyelids so I can snooze the day without anyone noticing (which I do often.) If I were a street in Oakland, I'd be Skyline Blvd, because, the view. Favorite spot in Oakland? I love it all! But I'd have to say Redwood Regional Park...or Raj Indian in Piedmont.

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