Karen Salicath Jamali
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. I had an accident, a head injury and a near-death experience, and after 3 years of recovering, I came back, and suddenly I began to hear music in my dreams, and in the day, I decided to record and play what I was experiencing, I had never played piano before but suddenly I was able to play the piano. The music heals me, the music comes early in the morning or night.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? First of all, is that my music came to me the way it came, I could never had imagine that I should play music and make albums and that I just suddenly was able to play the piano even though I never have played the piano before, and that all this music is coming to me this is for me a miracle, I still don't understand. Second, sometimes when I play early in the morning on my Steinway piano the birds come to my window and sing with my music like magic. And that my first concert ever was in Carnegie Hall.
What has been the high point of your music path? When I performed in Carnegie Hall with my music, and then 7 times, this was so amazing and I am so honored and grateful to have performed there. That my latest Album Sound of Angels was up for Grammy consideration this year. And all the wonderful friends and fans there love my music and all their fantastic comment of support are my pillar of strength and belief, that my music is needed. I like to thank them all from my heart.
The music is simply coming to me in my dreams. I get awakened by the music very early in the morning, I have to record it right away, I cant speak or else the music disappears, so I start the day without speaking just listening to the music, and begin to play and record it. I get inspired by nature; I see the beauty and harmony and hear the sound of nature in my mind. I love the quietness where I can listen in to nature, into the wind, the water, the birds, the flowers, and the stars, everything has a sound. a rhythm a poem, and a message.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? For me it is so difficult to grasp all the things you need to know about for being able to promote your music you have to be a computer scientist, the advertiser, salesperson, a half lawyer, so many things; it is totally confusing and you always thinks you are behind all what you should be doing and knowing. And everybody else other than the musician is making money on the music. If I could change one thing, I would change the way the musician is paid. They should be paid 50-60% of their music where it is being played. Just like in the Art World, the artist gets paid 50-60% from their art sale from the gallery. Right now a musician gets paid $.003 - $.005 on Spotify which means a musician needs 250 streams for making $1. I mean this is crazy. How much does Spotify make off the musician? Honestly, this is an abuse of artists. How would the world look without artists? Should we honor them instead? They are the creators, and we can't live without them but they can hardly live with what they get paid, I believe the world would be a beautiful place if we honored the creators- imagine how the world would shine.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? I just LOVE the cellist Hauser. He plays like an angel. He can play so the skin of the soul falls off. I really admire him.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I practice a lot before a rehearsal and try to tune in to the soul and energy of the music I am going to perform
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! I really don't have the challenge to make my music since it comes by itself.
What's coming up in the future?
Right now I am preparing my new album 'Hopes of Angels" which will be released in April. This Album is inspired by angels and their energy and messages. It is a very tranquil peace full Album. which I hope will bring some healing . Second I am working on bringing other instruments in over the piano music, which I am very excited about.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
About Karen Salicath Jamali
Karen is a professional multi award-winning composer, pianist, and a professional American artist, for the last 30 years, born in Denmark, living and working in NYC & Florida, a voting member of the Recording Academy.
It wasn’t until an accident that caused a head injury and a near-death experience that Karen started to play music. Previously unable to play the piano, the head injury amazingly opened up a new world for Karen, and she began to play beautiful and meditative music. This music healed her. Her music puts the listener into a relaxed state of consciousness. The accident occurred in 2012 and after a long recovery in 2015, she began to hear music in her dreams and decided to record & play what she was experiencing. After 5 years of playing, the result is 7 beautiful albums & 2500+ music compositions and more than a million listeners, Her latest album "Sound of Angels" was up for Grammy consideration in 2021 in the categories "Album of the Year" &"Best Contemporary Instrumental Album" & "Best Music Video" with the music piece "In Water." The Album “Sound Of Angels” is Inspired by the Angels. Link to Sound of Angels Album Here