Karina Rae found herself on an arena stage at just eight-years-old. She won a singing competition and got the chance to perform alongside KIDZ BOP during the tour’s show in her native Lowell, MA. Looking out at the audience, she could practically see her future begin to unfold. The singer and songwriter immediately set on a course to pursue her dream. “I just knew I wanted to be an entertainer,” she declares. “At that moment, I thought, ‘I don’t ever want to get off this stage!’ This is what makes me the happiest.” Over the next years, Karina would tirelessly hone her voice through formal vocal training after school, at Berklee College of Music’s prestigious summer program, and in any venue possible. This included singing for the Special Olympics and performing the national anthem at Fenway Park during a Red Sox game.
Her cover of Ariana Grande’s “Best Mistake” with Sammy Wilk would rack up over one million views as she cultivated a faithful and devout online following. Simultaneously, Karina and her band played high-profile events including The Fan Rave, Arthur Ashe Kids Day, Playlist Live, and more as well as opening for the likes of Kalin & Myles, Trevor Moran, Ryan Beatty, Midnight Red, and IM5. Backed by guitar, bass, and drums, she captivates crowds with an undeniable live presence and natural charisma.
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