Karina Nistal

Karina Nistal

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandR&BSinger/Songwriter

Karina Nistal has been known to captivate her audience with her Latin live band sound to rapping in Spanish or singing over dance mixes with DJs worldwide. She is best known for her soulful quality that is represented in every aspect of her music and always leaves her fans wanting more!

Biography

Singer/songwriter Karina Nistal is known to align herself with diverse and solid collaborations to showcase her extensive range. Her work consists of emotive jazz vocals on downtempo tracks, rapping in Spanish for the worldly sounds of reggaeton, or fusing soulful Latin vocals with lively dance music. Most significantly, it is a vibrant charisma that carries over her poetic musings in either English or Spanish, or her self-assured flirtatious rhymes. There's a very fine line between poetry and rap, but it's one that only Karina interconnects with finesse.

Music captivated the native Houstonian at an early age. Karina indulged in old school hip hop, rhythm & blues, soul and jazz. It was Karina's mixed Latin heritage (Mexican and Cuban) that spotlighted traditional to modern styles.

After several years of featuring on numerous Dance and Hip Hop releases, Karina made her first full-length bilingual debut album, Nistyle (Starlightbeats) which introduced the term "Reggaetron" (Electro-Reggaeton). Nistyle gives a fresh face to the growing "hurban" dance scene and earned Karina various accomplishments including an Armed Forces tour in the Middle East to provide support and morale for our troops.

The following year, the video for her single Viviendo premiered internationally on MUN bilingual video network. Meanwhile The Karina Nistal Band performed festivals all over the southern region including the SXSW Music Festival and made a major television appearance for the Mayors Tree-lighting Celebration on KHOU Houston. 

Karina is also a Houston Press Award winner for Local Hip Hop & Latin Contemporary. Her sophomore album, Nistalgia (L.O.V.E. Records) was released October 2010. Nistalgia carries her Latin Fusion sound with a mixture of Soul, Hip Hop and a few hot Dance remixes. After relocating to Los Angeles that spring, Karina began working on her project #KaRAGEous. She became an ambassador for inspirational FB network #Besomebody. Karina turned to her fans to launch a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her album and was able to raise over $8,000 for album costs. KaRAGEous is a fun, sassy, and well-rounded [album] that plays everything from downtempo, drum & bass, to dubstep, Karina describes her new project, You guys really need to check it out!

Karina continues performing regularly with her band The Live Project, recording singles, making videos, collaborating with various artists, hosting reputable events, and working on voice-overs for commercials. Karina has also appeared on several TV reality segments.

With seemingly a lot on her plate, the sultry, multi-faceted vocalist admits, "I want to do so much more!" 

Lyrics

Sweet Rain

Written By: by Karina Nistal


I don’t know where I wanna go with this
Somethin about you got me thinking about it
You’ve got this certain something that I can’t resist
Oh, I’m…waitin for another kiss
(repeat)

CHORUS
Your kisses are like Sweet Rain drops
Fallin on my skin
Where do I begin?
(repeat)

I wanna take you out in the rain
And cover you with kisses
So you can feel the same way that I do
And I wanna take you out in the rain
And show you what you’re missin
So you can feel the same way that I do

I don’t know where I wanna go with this
Somethin about you got me thinking about it
You’ve got this certain something that I can’t resist
Oh, I’m…waitin for another kiss
I don’t know where I wanna go
Somethin about you baby
That I can’t resist
Oh, I’m…waitin for another kiss

Your kisses, raindrops, on my skin
Your kisses, raindrops, on my skin
Where do I begin?

Weekend

Written By: by Karina Nistal

Verse 1:
I’ve been waiting all week just to have some fun
And finally my weekend has just begun
If you feel the way I feel,
Then I know you know the deal.
After going to school and working full-time
Can you chill for a second, relax your mind
Take a break from the everyday
And your grind, it will be there still
Don’t question, it’s not a holiday
But there’s no reason to feel guilty
For taking a little break, okay
Don’t question, you got stuff to do the next day
Cause you gotta make time for living
What’s tomorrow without today?

Chorus:
After a long, long week I’ve been waiting on my weekend
Dancing with my friends, there is nothing else I’d rather do
There is nothing else I’d rather do.
Dancing with my friends and waiting on my weekend

Verse 2:
You’ve been waiting all week just to have your time
Get away from the routine and daily grind
Sometimes you gotta chill
Get your rejuvenation fill
After working your hustle and studying
Maybe even a break away from your kin
We all need time to ourselves
Get all your troubles on the shelf
Don’t question, it’s not a holiday
But there’s no reason to feel guilty
For taking a little break, okay
Don’t question, you got stuff to do the next day
Cause you gotta make time for living
What’s tomorrow without today?

Symptoms

Written By: by Karina Nistal

“Symptoms”

Verse 1:
It’s probably best
That you don’t come around anymore
It’s in your best interests
I shouldn’t be seeing anyone
Cause I’m really not ready
To be getting serious
Even if we’re steady
I keep thinking there’s…
No reason to rush
I’ve got plenty of time
I don’t wanna take any of yours
Just trying to convince myself
So I don’t fall right back in love

Chorus:
I’m only reacting
To symptoms of what I’m feeling
Why must we play these games?
I can hardly resist the truth
Trying to find an escape
In every direction all I see are
Things to remind me of you

Verse 2:
I’ll stop while I’m ahead
We both know what’s going on
I’m always feeling honest
Don’t wanna rely on anyone
Don’t wanna feel lonely
So I’m battling right from wrong
To think that I’m affected
When you are not around
(You) Keep saying your patient
But I don’t wanna keep you waiting
I’m dealing with emotions now
From all the symptoms that I’m feeling

Chorus

Verse 3:
Things to remind me of you
You’re on my mind you’re everywhere
Things to remind me of you
You’re on my mind you’re everywhere
Things to remind me of you
You’re on my mind you’re everywhere
Things to remind me of you
Ever since you came
You came into my world
My life ain’t been the same
Ever since you came
You came into my world
I’m not the same girl
Ever since you came…
(ooh)
You came
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Things to remind me of you
You’re on my mind you’re everywhere
Things to remind me of you
You’re on my mind you’re everywhere
Things to remind me of you
You’re on my mind you’re everywhere
Things to remind me of you

Lighten Up

Written By: Karina Nistal/Christopher Brager

Verse 1 - Karina Nistal
You only have one life to stress away
So c’mon have a little faith
I know we all can have a bad day
That’s not unusual to say
But when it feels like your world has fallen apart
What more could possibly happen?
You find the strength within yourself
To overcome the challenge
Tomorrow is a new day
Be grateful for all that you have
Sometimes the answer’s right in front of our face
The remedy is just to laugh
When adversity seems greater
Than any solution that you might have
Where there’s a will there has to be a way
Determination is our path

CHORUS -
You better lighten up,
The world is gonna keep on turnin’
Problems gonna keep escalating
The issues ain’t goin’ nowhere (repeat)
You better lighten up,
The world is gonna keep on turnin’
Problems gonna keep escalating
The issues ain’t goin’ nowhere

Verse 2 -
Today will be the day
We can rise to the occasion
No excuses left to make
Even less time for hesitation
As we go on with our daily plan
Someone goes through devastation
We can lend a helping hand
That is our sole obligation
There’s someone right now sitting on a curb
Thinkin’ they’re going nowhere
Sometimes like will take you down those turns
It doesn’t mean it’s over
There’s a child who needs a hug and a smile
A little comfort just to get them by
It might take some time to rebuild what has crumbled
But everything’s gonna be alright

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Verse 3 - Christopher “Carisma” Brager
You gotta lighten up and I aint talkin complexion
How you live your life is at you discretion
Change starts with you the mirrors reflection
And you can't look ahead facing the wrong direction
Yea.....it's like you turnin your wheels in the mud
And I learned the only way to truly heal is to love
There's been so many disasters lately
Rest in peace to the victims in New Orleans and Haiti
(I pray to God for safety)

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