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Fox Lima

Ogre, Ogres Rajons, Latvia | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Ogre, Ogres Rajons, Latvia
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Jimmy Rae on the trail of Fox Lima"

Meet the positively cunning Fox Lima as she treks through the mysteriously foxy world of sound & vibration. Hailing from Latvia, the “nation of nature”, Lima’s language of music is full of wonder, spirituality & tranquility. Fox Lima has won highly recognized songwriting contests and has been involved with international projects that benefit mankind. Standing beside the crib where Jesus was born in Bethlehem and touching its star made Fox think to herself that it was a “sign” and that she “had to carry the message”. Amazing experience for Lima that had her feeling “calm” and “inspired” even with a war going on not far from her. Fox Lima’s personal message is to have “force” and “courage” in this life, so prepare yourself for the ongoing journey.

J Rae: So your real name is Alise Ketnere, but your stage name is Fox Lima and so wondering how in the world did you come up with that one and what does it mean to you?

Fox Lima: This stage name has been on my mind since my childhood. It is not just a made up name. It was an officially assigned radio aviation nickname to my father who was an aviation radio layman (YL2 FL stands for Yankee Lima 2 Foxtrot Lima). After father’s death I took the shortened version Fox Lima as a memory of him.

J Rae: Couldn’t help but notice that you live pretty far away all the way in Ogre, Latvia to be exact—just a few miles away right! I, for one, know absolutely nothing about life in Latvia so if you wouldn’t mind telling us what it’s like living there and what makes Ogre, Latvia unique & special compared to other countries?

Fox Lima: You can fall in love with this country at first sight, with its wonderful nature and medieval architecture, severe winters and warm summers which can sometimes swap. Our people are very sensitive to the cycles of nature, so most of us believe in horoscopes, Esoteric and all those kind of things. The solstice celebration is a very special thing in Latvia. So we are a kind of nation of nature.

I am from a small town Ogre, which has nothing to do with cannibals. According to a legend, a long time ago the place was given the name of a fish that used to inhabit the river flowing through it. In the early 19th century it was a resort place of wealthy Germans. Some of their beautiful old summer houses surrounded by woods and the river bends can still be seen here.

Although on the map Latvia looks just like a tiny piece of a puzzle in the distant corner of Eastern Europe, we are quite globalized and have the fastest Internet in the world. The average Latvian is able to speak 4 languages, goes folk dancing and sings a lot.

J Rae: I really enjoyed listening to some of your music because much of it has a very tranquil &Worldly sound. What inspires you to write this World music that is very hypnotic & relaxing in nature? Are you a peaceful, laid-back person yourself?

Fox Lima: Yes, I am the kind of person just as you described. Unfortunately, I’m not a sporty type of girl. Do not like racing or fighting. I enjoy exploring the world, noticing every single detail which helps to understand the whole picture. I like to write music and touch the world of thought, finding another dimension. This requires peace and meditation

J Rae: Right away when previewing some of your tracks, I heard standout vocals where I have to say you have one refined voice that is rich in texture and soothing to the ear. When did you start singing and what got you interested to do so? And have you ever had vocal lessons/training because from the sound of it I would put my money on absolutely yes?

Fox Lima: Actually, my voice caused me some problems. I do not know where I get it from, but I was pretty sure that if I had a huge range it should have been used by its full spectrum. In the early years of my career I was called a Space girl. Some members of the jury admonished me not to come on stage at all if I did not know what to do with my voice. However I got bored by using a single range only. I was looking at so-called perfect girls with their perfect voices and could not stop noticing their sameness. So I just carried on and developed my own voice style discovering that the voice does not only mean just the sound on its own, it also involves articulation, rhythm, phonetics, so you can do lots with your voice. Apart from experimenting I started to attend classical lessons with Anna Krupska, the opera singer. Then something happened, I tried to enter the Opera Department at the Academy of Music. Though, as later realized, it was not my way and I failed, I still love classical music and I am proud of our Latvian girl Elina Garancha who sings at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

J Rae: I noticed that your first performance took place when you were 17 and wanted to ask what that experience was like and how did it feel at the time? Also, how old are you now and how many shows have you done since then?

Fox Lima: I was terrified and felt sick. I did not know where to go and then ended up on the stage. My very first performance was actually supposed to be at the age of 16, but I just ran away shortly before it. All this happened more than 10 years ago. Since then I have participated in various artistic projects and contests mostly abroad. I like to give people a message and the quality is more important to me than the quantity.

J Rae: I have to say that much of your music seems to have a spiritual quality about it and wanted to ask if you are a spiritual person yourself and what do you believe in? Is there a particular religion you follow and if so how is it important to you and your life?

Fox Lima: I am sure; I do sound like that. I won’t deny this. I’d like to clarify this a bit, though. Religion gives the meaning and the goal to a human being. I’m more of a metaphysician, viewing the world as a miracle full of surprises. Sometimes I just don’t have a clue about my mission in the world, but I am always curious as a child about what’s going to happen now.

J Rae: I saw that in 2013 you were honored with winning the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Song Contest in the World category for your self-written song “Tirpini”. This must have been such an exciting moment for you and wanted to know how it came about for you to submit your track to this contest? And I’m not familiar with this John Lennon Song Contest, so would you mind telling all of the Skope readers a little more about this competition? And finally, as a huge John Lennon fan and one of my favorite solo artists of all time, I’d like to ask if you’re a John Lennon fan yourself and if he or his music inspires you at all?

Fox Lima: It’s one of the greatest songwriting contests where laymen and professionals from all over the world can participate. It is a great opportunity for anyone who composes music. You’re recognized and the award is grand. I have actually started to build a home studio as there wasn’t enough space for my awards. There were such celebrities among the jury…… As for me it was a feeling of coming out of the closet. I was just one of the voices of Enigma, but then Fox Lima appeared with its own song, lyrics and version. I was proud of myself. Then I got another John Lennon Award by people vote.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono are the most amazing and extravagant couple that I have read about. I grew up with such songs as “Yesterday” and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”. “Yellow Submarine” was the favorite animation of my childhood. I’ve read all the available Beatles biography books in the library. Yes, I am a big fan of them.

J Rae: On Christmas 2011, I was happy to discover that you participated in the international project “Peace on Earth” held in Bethlehem as a dedication to refugees all over the world. Very rewarding work it sounds like and wanted to know how this came about, what the experience was like and did it change your life in any way? Also, what did this project mean to you personally?

Fox Lima: That was the most wonderful project I have ever participated in. The song “MMX The Social Song” became a promo song of “Peace on Earth”. I was invited as one of the members of the project. We were singing “Imagine” on Bethlehem Square on Christmas day. Yes, it did change my life. I discovered new people, cultures and destinies. Before that I used to compose mild mantra-type songs, and then came more extent versions on a larger scale.

J Rae: Being that I believe Bethlehem is the birth place of Jesus Christ and is of major importance to me, how do you personally feel about this and what was it like stepping foot on such sacred ground in Bethlehem?

Fox Lima: It was a Christmas miracle. I got to see the crib where Jesus was born and touch its star. Amazing. It seemed that it was a sign and I had to carry the message. Strange …, I felt calm and inspired, but the war was going on just nearby me. That was bizarre.

J Rae: I saw that you had the pleasure to work with the electronic group Enigma supplying lead vocals & lyrics to their new single “MMX The Social Song”. This had to be pretty cool and wondering what it was like working with Enigma and also would like to know what kind of traction the song is currently getting? And is the track getting decent airplay?

Fox Lima: I was a fan of Enigma. It happened by chance when I saw their contest for fans advertised due to the 20 year anniversary. And I saw it just the day before the deadline. Very typical for me to see something on the last day, to hand in and win. To be honest I did not expect anything and was very surprised seeing the results. The whole song production work was published. I received personal congratulations from Michael Cretu via video message. Fans from all over the world were sending their songs, album covers, videos. I also won in the contest of Enigma’s video clips. This song is not commercial, but it was a social networking success. It was listened and watched by millions of YouTube users around the world.

J Rae: In 2013 your song “Tirpini” was once again recognized becoming a finalist in the International Song Writing Contest competing with 20,000 songs, so congratulations on that first off! But want to know first what is it about your song “Tirpini” that seems to stand out and appeal to listeners? And so it seems you know a thing or two about writing a winning song and would like to know where the inspiration comes from to write lyrics to songs?

Fox Lima: Being metaphysician I am always passionately seeking beyond this world. A lot of things have happened by chance as someone was talking to me and I just recorded it in the way of music. Lyrics are mixed in different languages. I like to take it down in the form of an ancient Latvian record which is called ‘Dainas’. I am using Latin language and my own made up language to somehow come closer to the immense language of music. Sound and vibration is such a mystery. Perhaps I won’t be able to disclose this mystery, but I have felt and had a hunch of it.

J Rae: Being that your songs are sung in a foreign language, wonder if you have any interest in recording songs in English to maybe appeal more to a U.S. audience? Also, have you ever been to America and any plans of maybe visiting soon or even touring perhaps?

Fox Lima: Yes, the songs in English are being composed now. This is going to be an interesting new stage. I’d like to visit America. I’ve got lots of friends, fans and great projects created by the famous American musicians. The visit to the U.S. is on my list.

J Rae: This is a completely random and lame question but the hell with it I’m gonna ask it anyway! Do you like foxes and lima beans? Foxes are cool animals but personally lima beans make me puke and are quite disgusting. Sorry but please don’t hate me for this one!

Fox Lima: Interestingly enough, I was told that when I was born my eyes used to look a bit foxy, and later people described me as a fox, not in connection with the performance it was just the way I looked. I used to have golden hair fixed in a ponytail, looking at people in kind of a foxy way.

By the way beans are my favorite dish, and many Latvians grow them in their gardens. I’ll cook a delicious bean dish for you, if you visit Latvia.

J Rae: You were recently involved with a Benefit Album called “2 Unite All” created to help bring peace and healing to people in Gaza and the Middle East. And this record included some big-time musicians such as: Peter Gabriel, Stewart Copeland of The Police, Serj Tankian of System of Down, Rick Allen of Def Leppard and Grammy Award-winning opera singer Sasha Cooke along with many other great artists. As a BIG fan of Peter Gabriel, The Police and Def Leppard, this must have been an amazing experience! What the heck was it like working with some of these top-notch artists and did you get to know any of them or learn anything out of the process? And what does helping people in Gaza and the Middle East truly mean to you and your life?

Fox Lima: At first, I did not understand the extent of it and the people I worked together with. I’ve been involved in the Peace on Earth Project as a musical ambassador for several years. For the last 4 years I have actively participated in all their projects. Last summer I was invited to create an album. My beautiful song “Gelandelon” was placed in it. Only after I saw a list of the albums I realized what superstars I’d been together with. My mother drew my attention to one of the legends Peter Gabriel, who was also on this album and who had performed in Riga last year. Only later I discovered who the rest of participants on this album were. I was stunned. I hope that the project will expand and all participants of the album could be together on the same stage one day

J Rae: It looks like you’ve been on the cover of magazines and have a lot of modeling shots & self-portraits, so is modeling part of your life as well and how does this compare to your music side?

Fox Lima: Yes, it is a part of musical performance, the means of artistic expression. It’s a good visual message. I’m using a kind of metaphorical image to tell a story. I’ve been a product personality for a number of products and on magazine covers. Now I’m only having my pictures taken purely for musical promotion. At the beginning I wanted to do a modeling career at the same time, but getting up at five a.m. and being photographed in a dress while it was snowing outside put me off.

J Rae: You’ve obviously been a part of some genuinely good, charitable projects so hat’s off to you for wanting to help others and make a difference in this world. Are you involved with any charities or non-for-profit organizations? It seems that this entire planet could use a little Fox Lima in their lives because peace and healing is the key to tackling all of the problems & madness in our world. Do you honestly feel that Universal Peace on Earth could happen for real one day?

Fox Lima: This issue also requires a philosophical approach. I myself have gone through pain and despair and finally came to the conclusion that I want to reduce the suffering of mankind as much as I can. My friend Steve Robertson of the project Peace on Earth discovered an important thing, saying that: “I’m going to look for the good in people and there is something in each of us.” But most of the time we are full of suspicion. We are looking for the evil in each other and of course, we find it. It is our choice. As in “Star Wars”, I have chosen to be on the good side no matter how fantastical it sounds. One should have force and courage. My musical message is the least I can do to the world.

http://www.foxlima.lv - By Jimmy Rae (jrae2@att.net) Skope Magazine


"Fox Lima ‘The Social Song’"

Fox Lima, aka Alise Ketnere, is a singer/songwriter from Latvia. Her new-age sound tied in with her silvery vocals brings us a one-of-a-kind listen. Fox Lima’s influences stem from her family of radio engineers and father who was an inventor of electronic tools that synthesized a variety of sounds; making the main impact on Lima’s interest in resonance and music.

Fox Lima’s most noted success was in 2010 when she won the competition for lead vocals for the electronic group Enigma. Lima’s contribution as a vocalist and lyricist helped produce Enigma’s new single “MMX The Social Song”. Later in 2011, Fox Lima participated in the international project “Peace on Earth”; held in Bethlehem as a dedication to refugees all over the world. Enigma’s new single was used as the project’s title track, along with other Grammy Award Winners compositions. Not stopping there, Fox entered her self-written song “Tirpini” in the John Lennon Song Contest in September of 2013, winning the Grand Prize in the World Category, and becoming a finalist in the
International Song Writing Contest. Her most recent participation was in the Benefits Album “2 Unite All” in October 2014 which included famed musicians such as front man of System of a Down Serj Tankian and Rick Allen of Def Leppard to name a couple. Fox Lima continues to collaborate with various producers, in search of a specific niche that blends well with her individualistic sound.

Listening to her voice and watching her dance in the video for “MMX The Social Song” evokes a hypnotic tranquility, even with the numerous amounts of coffee I’ve gulped down. It would be nice to have a translation of the lyrics, but there is a bridge in English which gives a slight indication that the foreign lyrics are just as uplifting.

Watch Fox Lima and Enigma’s “MMX The Social Song” below - www.muzicnotez.com/Julet Lagto


"Winner voice of Enigma's Social song"

After 4 weeks of voting the vocal track Fei mea of the Latvian singer Fox Lima has been finally elected to become the lead voice of Enigma's "Social Song". Congratulation on this great performance!

Amongst hundreds of submissions she got most of the user's votes closely followed by Set U Free from Mark Joshua (Brazil), Time Machine from J. Spring (Spain) and Oi giria giria from Rasa Serra (Lithuania). Congrats to you as well and thanks to everyone that contributed to our first stage with voting, commenting or singing!

Again we have recorded Michael Cretu officially announcing the winner voice and giving his comments on the final result... Enjoy! Following his idea we would like to expand the social aspect of this event. Without any doubt Fox Lima deserves to be the lead vocal of the upcoming song, but due to the close results of the following three submissions, we decided to invite Mark Joshua, J. Spring and Rasa Serra to support her voice. In the next few days we will contact them giving some more details on the requirements. Please understand that is totally up to Michael's decision, if and what might be integrated. We hope this idea results in a very Enigma like collaboration of different countries and cultures!

In the meanwhile Michael starts working on the three different musical versions. This will take some time, but it won't be boring... Before in Stage II you all will decide, which musical direction is your preferred one, we will give you as much insights into the creation process as possible. You will see Michael in regular video blogs working in his studio and explaining his creative and technical approach. Also we will do our best to share some more background on the Top 5 submitters asking them for a small interview. Additionally to that we are posting daily updates on the progress on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Ping.

We are expecting to publish the final three musical versions on November, the 16th. This will be the start of Stage II, in which you not only vote for the upcoming style of music, but also choose your favorite lead instrument. Everything that happens in the next two weeks is part of an intermediate stage dedicated to follow Michael Cretu producing with his Merlin.
We hope, you will enjoy it and we are back soon with another video blog. Stay tuned and feel free to ask any question during the studio work you always wanted to know. - Enigmaspace


"“Middle East Transformation - A concert of sacred music in Bethlehem offers world peace”"

LOS ANGELES, California- January 24, 2012- Wishing for global peace and taking action on making it a reality is a vastly different thing but on Christmas Day, 2011, a stunning array of the entertainment industries’ finest gathered in Bethlehem, Palestine, to do just that. Project Peace on Earth delivered a featured song during the Christmas Eve Day celebrations held directly in front of the Church of the Nativity and across from a Mosque in Manger Square, Bethlehem. On Christmas Day, the organization put on a globally televised concert at the Bethlehem Convention Palace, located next to the famed Solomon Pools.
Project Peace on Earth LLC (PPOE) is a Los Angeles-based organization, and the result of 25 years’ worth of passion and effort on behalf of Steve Robertson, its Founder, Executive Producer & CEO. Robertson, who is driven to bring greater individual and collective world peace, has gathered some of the top transformational musicians, entertainment industry producers, leaders from higher education and personal development authors, amongst many others, in order to bring these concerts and other peace efforts from conception to reality on a global scale.
“Sacred Music is the most profound and expedient way to touch the heart and create a direct communion with the Divine. The mission of Project Peace on Earth concert series is to deliver the most spiritually authentic musical experiences so that people are inspired to discover their inner most life calling and courageously act on it towards the overall goal of individual and world peace,” explains Robertson.
The live concerts and worldwide telecast from Bethlehem are the first of many planned concert events, TV, and film content, centered on the subjects of personal transformation and world peace. PPOE aims to bring superstar musicians, performing inspiring and sacred music, to some of the worlds’ most sacred sites.
“We will plant a musical seed of love, peace and compassion that will forever uplift the heart and raise the spiritual vibration of the people. Beginning in the Middle East and then around our world, the mission is to bring the possibility of a state of greater compassion, forgiveness, love and oneness. Ultimately, we will show that peace is profitable,” Steve Robertson said.
The musical artists that performed in Bethlehem included Joanne Shenandoah, a Grammy winning Native American singer and her daughter Leah, both of whom performed on Jonathan Elias’s new Prayer Cycle album entitled “Path to Zero.” Gary Nicholson, the Grammy winning Texas Hall of Fame song writer, also performed. Hani Naser, the world renowned Jordanian percussionist and oud player and Fox Lima, co-composer and vocalist of Enigma MXX Social Song, rounded out this stunning list of performers.
Peter Joseph, famed for the “Zeitgeist Film Series,” produced video segments for the broadcast. Rutger Hauer, famed “Blade Runner” actor, and Shaun Monson, director of the films “Earthlings” and “Unity,” also produced a video for the concert telecast. The artist Seay’s music video “All Around the World” was also feature.
The shows’ live satellite telecast, directed by Marc Scarpa, was sent to tens of millions of homes worldwide through Melli TV/MTC and other broadcast carriers. As well, viewers accessed the program via live-streaming, also directed by Scarpa, who has served previously as the Producer / Director for “40th Anniversary of Earth Day,” “Tibetan Freedom Festival,” and “X-Factor” digital.
Serving as the Director of Social and Digital Media and working with Scarpa, was Kent Speakman, of the ENGAGEIA Agency. Speakman worked on the project that allowed millions of viewers’ access to connect via social media platforms in conjunction with Scarpa’s live television satellite broadcast coverage of the event. Viewers were able to watch the event live on Facebook by integration of the Live Stream channel embedded into the page. The full program is available for viewing at any time by visiting www.projectpeaceonearth.org
This first concert in Bethlehem brought thousands of people together live, and tens of millions from every nation and faith through the full concert broadcast which benefitted UNRWA and Palestinian Refugee Youth. The event was made possible through the generous sponsorship support of VisitPalestine, the Convention Palace Bethlehem, Consolidated Construction Corporation, NeTours and the Ambassador Hotel, the Swiss Government, UNDP and the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Brian Thomas noted concert production manager, Sami Khoury of ABS Marketing, Fritz Froehlich of the Swiss Govt. and UNRWA, George Bassous of the Bethlehem Convention Palace and Steve Robertson formed the core of the production team and efforts.
PPOE brought a star-studded cast of talented people to this worldwide concert and also took important steps towards the promotion of inner and world peace in a region where peace is deeply hoped for and not yet realized.
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Fox Lima, aka Alise Ketnere, is a singer/songwriter from Latvia. Her new-age sound tied in with her silvery vocals brings us a one-of-a-kind listen. Fox Lima’s influences stem from her family of radio engineers and father who was an inventor of electronic tools that synthesized a variety of sounds; making the main impact on Lima’s interest in resonance and music.

Fox Lima’s most noted success was in 2010 when she won the competition for lead vocals for the electronic group Enigma. Lima’s contribution as a vocalist and lyricist helped produce Enigma’s new single “MMX The Social Song”. Later in 2011, Fox Lima participated in the international project “Peace on Earth”; held in Bethlehem as a dedication to refugees all over the world. Enigma’s new single was used as the project’s title track, along with other Grammy Award Winners compositions. Not stopping there, Fox entered her self-written song “Tirpini” in the John Lennon Song Contest in September of 2013, winning the Grand Prize in the World Category, and becoming a finalist in the International Song Writing Contest

Her most recent participation was in the Benefits Album “2 Unite All” in October 2014 which included famed musicians such as front man of System of a Down Serj Tankian and Rick Allen of Def Leppard to name a couple. Fox Lima continues to collaborate with various producers, in search of a specific niche that blends well with her individualistic sound.

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