Karuna

Karuna

 Oakland, California, USA
BandPopRock

An electro pop/rock with strong female fronted vocals, crowd shouting choruses and honest, heartfelt lyrics.

Biography

Singer/Songwriter/Producer LARA KARUNA fell in love with music and performing at age eight when she was cast in the Bay Area Theaters' production of Annie. Growing up in Oakland, Ca., KARUNA sharpened her skills under the trial by fire soul/blues/gospel tradition, where folks will boo you if you don't bring it.

Since being in Los Angeles, KARUNA has worked with such heavy-hitting talents as Kanye West, Grammy-winning producer, Scott Storch (Christina Aguilera, Pink, Beyonce, Dr. Dre), Grammy-winning producers, The Funktwons, A.K.A, Tim N Bob (Mary J. Blige, Brandy, and Bobby Valentino), legendary producer Richard Perry, ( Pointer Sisters, Carly Simon, The Beatles, Ray Charles) producer Mike City (Usher, Brandy, Sunshine Anderson, Carl Thomas) and DJ Khalil (Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Talib Kweli). She has performed the National Anthem both for a Clippers basketball game and at the Maddbacker's Celebrity Basketball Game.

As a songwriter/producer, KARUNA most recently placed her song, “Choose You,” on the hit series, 90210. Other credits include: Aceleyone's, "The Good, the Bad, the Ugly," and "Lil Tupac," a song featured in the movie, "My Baby's Daddy."

KARUNA performs all around Los Angeles at such renowned venues as: The Key Club, The Roxy, The Viper Room - to name a few. She has opened for R&B Singer, Marquis Houston, and also sold out Cinespace at her KISS FM sponsored Not 4 Sale album release party. Since September, KARUNA has independently sold nearly 1000 units of her self-produced debut effort, Not 4 Sale.

Winning over crowd after crowd, show after show, KARUNA performs with a passion rarely seen these days. Her honest songwriting, and skilled vocals combine to create irresistibly singable choruses that mask strong statements on love, life and our world. Sure to have teenage girls singing along everywhere, KARUNA is definitely an artist to watch out for.

Lyrics

Not 4 Sale

Written By: Lara Karuna

VERSE 1
You call me in to work supposedly
But really to be a prop to prop you up like rims and weed
You think I’m willing to give up everything
To sell my soul for beats
To lose all my integrity

You think I’m willing
To give it up for a taste of that fleeting fame
Squeeze me out and use me up
Another shallow starlet who would do anything

PRE CHORUS
But I don’t need you anymore
I’ve got keys to unlock my own door
I don’t need you anymore
This is my soul I’m fighting for

CHORUS
No, no more
Not for sale
Not for sale

Oh no, no more
Not for sale
Not for sale

Oh no, no more
Not for sale
Not for sale

Oh no, no more.

VERSE 2
And when you call me in to write and sing
I sit just being pretty not really doing anything
I don’t care, ‘cause I’ll come anyway
Watch how you flip your kicks and rock your MPC.

That’s right, I might seem quiet but I’m watching what you do
Take control of my own life and write
It’s not hard, just had work
Which I’m used to

REPEAT PRE-CHORUS
REPEAT CHORUS
BRIDGE
REPEAT CHORUS

Choose You

Written By: Lara Karuna

VERSE 1
You ask me if I want a change
You tell me everything will fall in place – but it feels so insane
It feels so right when we’re good
But when we fight
It’s like worms and wood and it feels so insane.

B VERSE
I know this could be the last time that I love somebody
I know we’re getting tired of so many sorry’s
I don’t want nobody else

To love me
To hold me
You treat me
So right and
I’m staying
Through thick and thin with you

CHORUS
Because I’m falling for the
Rest of my life
Can it be the way we could be
Falling for the
Rest of my life
Maybe I’m just crazy but I choose you.

I choose you.

VERSE 2
And when I wake up you’re what I like to see
And when I start my day I wait for you and I to just be
We’ve pushed through so many things
That we will pull through anything
And you can call us insane

REPEAT B VERSE
REPEAT CHORUS
GUITAR SOLO
REPEAT CHORUS

In Love

Written By: Lara Karuna

VERSE 1
You know what I’m thinking
You see me falling for you
I know what you’re feeling
You’re falling real hard for me too

PRE CHORUS
And if you’re staying here tonight I want you to know
That everything will be a’ight, together we’ll grow
And if you’re laying here tonight I think you should know
Forever we’ll be side by side, together we’ll grow

CHORUS
Ohhhhhh, it feels so good being here with you
Ohhhhhhh, I know we’ve found something good and true

I think I’m in love with you (repeat 4 X )

VERSE 2
You know how to touch me
You send chills all down my spine
You know how to move me
Forever you’ll be by my side

REPEAT PRE CHORUS
REPEAT CHORUS
GUITAR SOLO?REPEAT CHORUS

Liars

Written By: Lara Karuna

VERSE 1
Touch me
Tease me,
Brand me easy
Give me what I wanna hear.

Lead me, use me
In my deep sleep,
You just use my fear

PRE CHORUS
You think you got something I can’t ignore
You think smarter than me this I know
You forgot one thing
Your life is getting old
Time to start thinking about your soul.

CHORUS
You can lie to me
You can rob from me
there’s one thing you can’t take away
You can lie to me
But there’s one thing you can’t have.

You can’t take that away (repeat 4 X )

VERSE 2
Buy me
Like me
Exploit my dreams
This world’s gotten so cold/ cold.

Boring stories
Fake and phony
No one thinks anymore

PRE CHORUS
You think you got something we can’t ignore
You think smarter than us this I know
You forgot one thing
Your ass is getting old
Time to start thinking about your soul

REPEAT CHORUS (2 X)
BREAK
REPEAT CHORUS

Daddy

Written By: Lara Karuna

Daddy
Music and lyrics by Lara Vaidya

VERSE 1
It’s been so long
Since you left this world behind
And they say
It gets easier
But time won’t heal the pain I have inside

B VERSE
Many thoughts go ‘round my head at night
They keep me up
Remember when you held me tight
And I wonder if
You approve of my life
And I wonder when I became so blind

CHORUS
‘cause I call you and you’re never here
and I need you but all I hear are whispers in my ear
and this life it gets me down
my pain a hazy cloud
and it all comes back to you

VERSE 2
It’s been so long
Since I’ve heard your pretty voice
And I try to be grateful for what I have
But get so mad at God’s choice

REPEAT B VERSE
REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE
Just wish you were here….
Wish you beside me
Just wish you were here
Wish you could guide me
I feel so low.. I feel so low… I feel so low…

REPEAT CHORUS

…. I just wish you were here…

Discography

Not 4 Sale - Just released
Acoustic LIVE - COMING...

Set List

45minutes - 1.5 hours (depending on what is needed)

1. Sweat (fast)
2. In Love (Mid)
3. Alien (mid)
4. 3 Years (slow)
5. Choose You(fast)
6. Just a Dream (slow)
7. Daddy (slow)
8. Liars (fast)
9. Scream (fast)

Covers:
1. Never Loved a Man - Aretha Franklin
2. Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
3. Love You Down - Ready for the World