Hi everybody I am Carlton Rara, musician,composer and actor. Some of you know me well and some others do not. Here are some biographical details below followed by a note presenting my new album due out soon (a Pop album) and the video we will need your support for.
About me I was born in 1975 in Lourdes (France), to a Haitian mother and a French father. From the very beginning of my route, you can feel the fusion of my origins in my creations and hear it in my music which is inspired by blues, reggae and voodoo Haitian music.
I wanted to be on stage since my earliest age when I was privileged to attend and meet great artists (music, theater, dance, visual arts...) thanks to my father who worked in a performing arts hall.
Then, I was craving to be a performer and I began to give a few concerts in a solo form first and then in a duet with Serge Tamas a guitarist from Guadeloupe before releasing my first record Peyi Blue (2009) which gained some media recognition
Dès lors, l'envie de monter sur scène ne me quittera plus et je commence à donner quelques concerts en solo puis en duo avec le guitariste guadeloupéen Serge Tamas avant de sortir mon premier disque Peyi Blue (2009) qui marque le début d'une présence médiatique.
In 2012 I returned with a second album, HOME, ranking in the TOP 20 of the albums World / Jazz of the year by french magazine Les Inrocks after I got picked again to be played on FIP radio and broadcasted on the Radio France channels
I even had the great honor to be quoted by film director Pedro Almodovar when he publicly posted the playlist of the musics he listened to when editing his film Los Amantes Pasajeros. The HOME effect continued and the track Do You Love Me ended up being in the soundtrack of Joséphine a film by Agnès Obadia starring Marilou Berry.
Do you love Me?
Raw Sides, my third album, released in 2016, mixes unpublished compositions and covers of my repertoire interpreted in a rawest way, it put an end to a first cycle in my artist journey.
I also try to make spoken words an art, speaking up contemporary literature and poetry by various French and Haitian authors among others (Franketienne, Césaire, Glissant, Viarre, Dupin, St John Perse, Char...)
I am also very close to the world of cinema, which brought me to participate in founding the Arts des Suds film festival (Mont de Marsan, FRANCE) which, between 2008 and 2013, presented African cinema and films from the historical and cultural diaspora and awarded the best short film with the Arts des Suds prize.
A new project : Standing in the Corridor
So, My new album opens a new cycle, a cycle of pop music in which I express myself in a new approach close to some part of my musical culture, american pop / funk / hip-hop in the 80s and 90s, groovy and often up to make people dance; That is for the influences and the atmosphere... but the album is about what is up now and belongs to a contemporary experience and expressing my personality and inspiration of the moment.
I have also taken over the production in order to remain as close as possible to what I wish. I collaborate with an artistic team wich has got all the colors and flavors of youth and also people with a broad experience and a solid culture of music and sound.
I take this opportunity to recall why an artist can be led to change and evolve over time. Precisely because he renews and re-invents his art as he passes through the stages of his life and, unconsciously, the audience who witnesses this, expects some change to be brought, some steps to walk in.
So, Stevie Wonder nowadays no longer plays the drums wearing a taxido and Sting no longer takes his air punk to sing to Roxane to remove her street girl makeup. And as far as I am concerned, I hope to surprise you and make you enthusiastic in some new ways and besides, in order to incarnate this renewal, I welcome CARL'O., an alias which in no way cancels my first one.
Carlton also continues his journey and regardless of the form, color or style, I keep on doing things with passion and sincerity and especially in a vision where humanism must remain the guide.
This new production leads me to project myself into a wider and more international space and I will get back on touring throughout the world soon and I am looking forward to meeting you again for the hottest pleasure.
I need your support
As I am done with producing the album, I now need to collect the funds that are necessary to promote it and this last line is really essential to the success of the project.
We live in a era where sounds do not go without images indeed.
So, we plan to shoot the first video of the album Standing in the Corridor, on one of the track entitled Keep sayin I'm crazy and which we will promote with for the album release scheduled for December 2017 in France and early 2018 for the rest of the world.
I truly count on your support to launch this great adventure and you can count on me to produce the best of myself to set up this project I have been working on for three years.
Take good care of yourself and your beloved ones. See you later.
Thanks for your support.
Peace! Carlton Rara alias CARL'O.
Why fund it?
Video Production : Keep sayin I'm crazy : 3000 euros (Shooting October2017)