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"Press Release/Interview/Junior's Cave Online Magazine"



Published: October 15, 2009 10:33 PM EST
By: Isaac Davis Jr., MBA
(Juniorscave.com)

New Music Spotlight
October 2009 Edition

Songwriter/Singer/
Recording Artist
Carissa Plumm Chapman







Carissa Plumm Chapman



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Songwriter/Singer/Recording Artist Carissa Plumm Chapman is going to elevate Pop/Rock music into a new level of excitement. What this amazing and talented artist brings to the music industry is a new sense of passion, originality, and freshness that will make music fans discover why Chapman is the new act to look out for in the near future.

One of the best tracks from the artist that certainly shows the level of originality and passion that one gets from Chapman is the track titled "Beat of Your Heart" which Chapman sensually and seductively sings about the affairs of the heart.

Another part to her music that stands out is the deep enriching colorful lyrics that many of us can easily relate to; add her melodious tunes, and then you have a winner with Chapman's music. In this recent interview with our Webzine, we explore the many musical sides of Carissa Plumm Chapman. Enjoy!

Carissa Plumm Chapman's Interview with Isaac

Isaac: What has been the best part of 2009 for you musically so far?

Carissa: I would say that all of '09 has been incredible so far and the year is only a little over a half way over. I've been getting a lot of airplay and recognition for my work. I've also been meeting a lot of fans and musicians online at different music sites that are popping up all over the web. It's great exchanging ideas and listening to other artists' work. So much great music out there from independent artists!

Isaac: What do you feel has the biggest accomplishment for 2009 so far?

Carissa: My biggest accomplishment has been that I've written a tremendous amount of songs. It just seems to be pouring out in buckets! Of course, I haven't recorded them all but hopefully I will have recorded a lot of them before the year is over.

Isaac: Describe the music scene in Southern California.

Carissa: The music scene in Southern California is very diverse. Fans are very opened to all types of music. They seem to be gravitating towards the independent artists. They are hungry for something different other than the typical mainstream music. There are literally hundreds of neighborhood clubs, open mikes, fairs; you name it, where musicians can perform. Of course, there will always be a draw for the big time acts but that's true for any big city like L.A.

Isaac: What has been the best venue to perform at and why?

Carissa: A great venue would be B.B. Kings at Universal City. They are so open to independent acts. There is also a lot of traffic in that area because of the big tourist trade. The club is always packed and that is great exposure for artists! The same would be true for The Cat Club in Hollywood.

Isaac: Elaborate a little about whom were the biggest influences in the music industry and why?

Carissa: Wow...the biggest influences in the music industry... there's been so many! How far should I go back? I'll start with the obvious, Elvis. Everyone knows he changed the face of music and introduced rock and roll, and helped to expose fans to this type of music worldwide, which by the way, was already being played by black musicians in America. They were the first, but Elvis was so big and had so much influence worldwide that he turned the tide.

Then there was The Beatles whose influence was worldwide as well. Their music was rock and roll but they brought in the British influence which had somewhat of a classical flair. Their music was so theatrical, so fun and very different from pure rock and roll. The world embraced it wholeheartedly and again, their music started a new trend.

Let's not forget Jimmy Hendrix the great guitarist who brought metal music to the world with his wild guitar licks. Guitarists today hail Hendrix as a revolutionary.

Janis Joplin's wild and raspy vocals and rockish mannerisms started a trend for women artists today.

Of course we also will never forget what The Jacksons brought to music. Most of all Michael Jackson. The epitome of R&B and true showmanship through his music and dance performances. I think that The Jacksons/Michael introduced yet another new era to music, a mixture of song and dance.

Madonna who, at her early beginnings sang and danced was a revolutionary because she introduced dance music to the world and I think had an impact on opening more doors for women pop artists.

Addition to the above: (As far as my biggest influence, I can't say that I have had one in particular. I love all types of music from classical, jazz, showtunes, country, rock, pop, you name it! I guess that's why my music is so varied. You will find the feel of rock, pop, jazz, and country in my songs. I think that my experience in musical theater really shows up in my music as well.)

Isaac: Lets talk ab - Isaac Davis Jr., MBA


Discography

Singles released:

Runaway From My Affection
Lonesome Traveler
Merci Joli
Beat of Your Heart
Come Out and Play
Sailors and Soldiers
Strong (Don't Feel That Strong)
Play Like A Girl
Lucky
I Won't Be Back
Mama's Gonna Crash and Burn
Our Great Divide
Take A Number
Matter of Looks

Now streaming at mvyRadio.

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Carissa Plumm Chapman: Bio

Carissa Plumm Chapman, is an LA-based independent singer/songwriter/musician, whose main instruments are electric and acoustic guitar, bass, and vocals. She is an accomplished songwriter who has an extensive library of songs, some of which have yet to be recorded.

Music was a strong interest of hers from an early age in the Bay Area where she was born.

Her music, is a hybrid of Americana, pop and rock, with a dash of country, folk and of course show tunes stemming from her musical theater background. Her style has an unmistakable edge - lyrics speak to affairs of the heart, giving her lyrics a compelling visual element. Her musical influences are: Patty Griffin, Pat Metheny, India Arie, Fiona Apple, Eric Clapton, Beck and Bonnie Raitt, to name only a few.

She traveled throughout Europe and a one-way ticket to Hawaii turned into seven years. Those years saw her blossom into a professional stage-film-commercial actress with an emphasis on musical theater, winning her a "Best Actress" award for her performance in Studs Terkel's musical, "Working". Also, during her years in Hawaii she co-wrote with musician Davo Coria, who worked with Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo.

She left the island and landed in Los Angeles in hopes of expanding her acting career. It was at this time that her talent for song-writing took off when she met a female singer who was particularly fond of her writing talents and asked her to write songs for her. This was a turning point for Carissa and from that point she has concentrated on songwriting exclusively.

Her songwriting has won her numerable competition honors including a "Song of the Year" finalist, and several honorable mentions. She is a two-time honorable mention at "Billboards' World Song Contest as well, and most recently, a 2011 semi-finalist award in the UK Songwriting Contest for her song "Lonesome Traveler".

She has had extensive airplay/been podcast on the Feminine Groove, Nette Radio, Local Music Cafe, and iRadio LA. Currently some of her compositions are podcast at GRM Radio, mvyRadio, and, the 24th edition of Vents Magazine/Radio.

The webzine, Junior Caves Magazine's review and interview gives Carissa a sounding board for her to acquaint listeners with her music and her thoughts. This review/interview can be found on her blog at her MySpace website.

You can purchase some of her tracks at: iTunes, Amazon Downloads, Napster, and Spotify.

Carissa is a member of BMI, and Screen Actors Guild.