Armed with the encouragement of a former choir director to “save the world through song,” California native Karyna Micaela once brainstormed all the ways she could use music to do good, from sharing her passion for environmental sustainability to making statements about social injustices. After arriving in Texas' wide prairies three years ago, she realized that saving the world through song can be achieved in a more subtle way - through relationship and community. Karyna, who earned her bachelor’s degree in jazz studies, inherited the rich troubadour spirit that is tradition in this part of the country, transforming her into a more vibrant storyteller. The result is a blend of pop, jazz and folk that reflects an emotional journey to which listeners can intimately relate. The relocation changed Karyna in personal ways as well. “So many things have happened to me here that I never expected,” she says. “I’ve met incredible people. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve had my heart broken. All these things have taught me what it truly means to be human. I’ve come to realize that every day is a surprise.”
Karyna can be found sharing her piano-driven stories all over the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, playing at such reputable venues as Opening Bell Coffee and Club Dada in Dallas, Live Oak Music Hall in Fort Worth and Dan's Silverleaf in Denton. She has made appearances at several popular festivals, including the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Taste of Addison and ArtLoveMagic's GirlShow and opened for Ernie Halter at The Aardvark in Fort Worth. Her debut EP, Everyday Surprises, produced by Zach Balch, released April 2013.
"With a voice that takes you by the soul and gently leads you deep into her world of love, compassion, and joy, she sings her stories as if only to you. She shows the most intimate feelings and experiences wrapped in beautiful melodies."
- Bob Ralph, owner, Banter Bistro.
"Karyna's sassy vocal stylings nod to the vintage jazz divas of the ’40s with a 21st century pop twist…you can't help but smile as you are drawn into her beautiful musical world."
- Tamra Engle, Singer-Songwriter and Social Entrepreneur: TamraEngle.com
"If you’ve heard Karyna’s soft sound and beautiful voice online or live, you’ve surely yearned for more."
- Veronica Maldonado, Visitor Services & Communications Manager, Denton Convention & Visitor's Bureau: DiscoverDenton.com