Marina Keer is a versatile singer and songwriter, with a honey-burnt voice and a vast on-stage experience that lives between Barcelona and Buenos Aires. From Spanish mother and German father, born in Cambrils (Tarragona, Spain) in 1985 as Marina Kaudasch Ruiz , this singer has a great artistic sensitivity, being at the same time passional and persistent in all what she does. as a result of the combination of both cultures. She has been working professionally as a vocalist with several rock, blues and jazz bands under various pseudonims since the tender age of 16, and toured from 2014 to 2018 with The Gospel Viu Choir with their shows "Non-Stop Gospel" and "Reload" as one of their soloists. Since 2015 she worked producing Gospel music events with international artists as well as on music ministry sharing her personal experience with Gospel music in international masterclasses and concerts. Marina had the chance to work with incredibly talented Gospel artists, like Ray Sidney (USA, lead of The Firm Soundation and the World Famous Gospel Brunch), Fred Lewin & GN/AS Gospel (France, singer, composer, choir conductor), Didier Likeng (Cameroon / Belgium, producer, composer, gospel choir director and Gospel music teacher at the ESMUC), Moisès Sala (Spain, conductor of The Gospel Viu Choir), Joakim Arenius (Sweden, renowned gospel artist, composer, producer and choir conductor), Rosemary Cosby (USA, choir conductor) Daniel Thomas (UK, vocal coach of The Voice UK, former conductor of the London Community Gospel Choir and Love Fellowship Choir). Inspired by strong and powerful women with eclectic voices like Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Tamela Mann, Diana Krall, Anastacia, Joss Stone, Beth Hart or Imelda May among others, Marina Keer is currently working between Buenos Aires, Barcelona and Los Angeles recording new material for her next album, with strong influences of Gospel, Blues and indie rock.
I need music like breathing. It is a very important part of my identity as a human being and part of my family history, as my grandma was a copla (spanish classical genre) singer. Music has always been my refuge, a way of expressing myself and a therapy to cope with the obstacles I found in the way. . Songwriting allows me to transform pain into beauty, analize the different stages in my life through the lyrics and communicate and connect with others in a deeper emotional level.
My next music dream is to create, produce and perform a show based in my new coming album: Love, Blues & Faith. I see it as a significant music journey from darkness to light and catartic experience for me and for the audience.
If I had a magical superpower that could allow me to change anything in human behavriour, I would make egoism disappear. I believe this is the root that leads to many other problems in this world.
"Los Campanilleros". It is a popular song from the south of Spain that is commonly sung on Christmas time, the most known version is an adaptation of the lyrics to make it a Christmas Carol. My Grandma was an incredible singer, and she used to sing that song every Christmas meeting, but with the original lyrics that speak about heartache instead of the Christmas lyric version.
Wow! That's a hard question for me ? I absolutely love a LOT of artists from different genres and eras. I'm absolutely in love of the old blues & jazz from the 30's to the early 60's, spirituals and classic gospel, but I also like contemporary Gospel, pop, rock, rockabilly, latin music.... as long as it makes me feel something special I don't care as which genre is it labelled. I can listen in the same day to Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and from there jump to the heartbreak and raw blues of Beth Hart, then enjoy a high-energy rockabilly or folk session with Imelda May, chill out sharing a glass of red wine with Sade or Diana Krall , or jump and play air guitar with some great Spanish or Argentinian rock classics. If you find me driving, probably I will be listening to a 90's teenager revival playlist that jumps from Britney Spears to Christina Aguilera, the Backstreet Boys, Natalie Imbruglia's Torn or Metallica's Enter Sandman, LOL! Some of my friends and family call me "The Human Jukebox" because I know the lyrics of almost ANY song that comes up in the radio, no matter which genre! ?
I make music right from my guts. When I write a lyric or compose a melody usually is based on a feeling or an experience that I need to take out, and I need to feel like I'm pouring out my soul. Making music is one of the most pure and sincere ways to communicate with others, where we can identify ourselves with each others feelings or experiences, and take out a strong lesson or message out of it.
When I write a song, my main mottos are personal growth and supperation, love and faith. With my most bluesy or raw songs I want to share that from every bad experience comes a great lesson that makes you grow and improve as a person, and that you have to have faith and trust God. He loves you and is always by your side, no matter what!
For me performing is very intense and rewarding but at the same time it can make you feel tremendously exposed and vulnerable. I try to express the emotions and tell the story behind the songs I perform, so to that well, you have to show your rawest emotions to connect with the audience.
I feel that now musicians are facing a very intense, fast and challenging scenario. Just 5-8 years ago you just had to take care of your music and performances. Now, you have to be keen in social media, digital marketing, design, communication, streaming and independent distribution and a hella'lot things more. The music industry has completely changed. The good side is that now is possible to get your music in the spotlight without having a big label behind, but the not-so-good side is that nowadays you have to fill 10 different roles among being a composer, musician and performer.
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