On the afternoon of Monday, 20th March, Kara Marni performed at the Courtyard in the Guild as part of her Coffee House Sessions tour. The usual hustling atmosphere of the social space was immediately transformed and those who just happened to be hanging out, revising or having their lunch had no idea what they were about to witness. As soon as Kara introduced herself the Courtyard’s routine comings and goings shifted into a unique musical experience.
19-year-old Kara is clearly full of energy and enthusiasm, making her performance infectious in the very best way possible. Throughout her set she interacted with the audience, making them feel included and even waved to and greeted people coming in and out of the room; instantly putting a smile on their and everyone else’s faces.
Her short but sweet 30-minute performance included endearing covers of the hottest recent hits such as Ed Sheeran’s ’Shape of You’ and a medley of Justin Bieber’s latest tunes, as well as a couple of original tracks which sounded just as good as the big numbers.
During the session, she challenged pop music conventions. Her presence on stage ran free and achieved a pulsing pop experience through her soulful style. She demonstrated incredible range and unwavering control of her voice effortlessly filling the Courtyard with musical authority, charming everyone’s ears with her dynamic tone and jaw-dropping falsettos.
One of the many highlights of the show was when she covered Minnie Riperton’s ‘Loving You’, sharing with the audience that it is also her favourite song. She fully demonstrated her incredible energy as a true powerhouse vocalist, reaching the whistle register that distinguishes Riperton’s song in a masterful way.
The song that has recently garnered her the most positive attention is a cover of Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo’s ‘Nothing Even Matters’. During her rendition she unveiled her multiple talents as a performer, her effective way of interpreting the song’s timeless melodies gave the audience a taste of Kara’s diverse musical world.
Proving that she is just as lively and genuine off stage as she is on stage she came up to us and a couple of other lucky audience members with a huge smile on her face to personally thank us after her performance and have a lovely little chat as if we were old friends.
With that kind of charming attitude and impressive multifaceted vocal character, Kara will certainly be storming stages much bigger than the makeshift one in the Courtyard in no time!