8 questions for SA-born singer Cara Frew

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Cara Frew
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She's played at Coachella, created hits alongside local stars like Black Coffee and dominated radio charts with her unique sound. 

Yes, SA-born singer Cara Frew is a forced to be reckoned with. But her talents extend far beyond the music world.

From working toward her doctorate in psychology to the best piece of advice she's ever been given, Cara opened up to Channel24 in a quick Q&A.

Get to know more about this talented beauty below:

1. If you weren't in music, what would you be doing?

I would be focusing more on my other two passions. First, I am also a professional showjumper who has competed at the World Equestrian Games three times for South Africa. So I would put more emphasis on this passion with my dream of competing at the Olympics. Second, I am studying psychology and would focus on doing more with this skill once I have my doctorate. 

2. What was the first album you owned?

The Beach Boys' Sounds of Summer, the song Good Vibrations brings back such amazing childhood memories by the beach!

3. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys.

4. If you could headline any festival which would it be and why?

Coachella Music Festival because it was the first international festival I ever performed at and I think it would be an incredible progression to have started there as a smaller act and then take the main stage as a headliner. 

5. What is your favourite song to perform live?

My single Free. It has such a cool vibe, the melody is a bit jazzy, which I love to sing, and it brings back such special memories of recording in LA, being signed to Sony Music Ent, being nominated for a SAMA and a whimsical past love.

6. Do you remember the very first time you performed on stage?

Yes, I was Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when I was in junior school. I was the youngest student with the biggest part, which was unusual and a bit controversial, but I remember practising every second I got and giving it all that I had. It ended up being such fun, we were given such great feedback, and it solidified my dream of working towards being a performer. 

7. If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be and why?

I would LOVE for live shows to be happening again. I am missing festival season and being able to connect with other artists in person and perform on stage. Covid-19 has definitely challenged all of us musicians in this sense, but I have taken the curveball and focused my time into creating new material, which I cannot wait to share. 

8. What's the best piece of advice you've been given?

To treat everyone with the utmost respect and connect meaningfully to as many people as I can. This has stood me in good stead as my singing has taken me around the world and by doing so, I have met the most incredible people in the most unexpected ways who have come from all walks of life and experiences. With this, each person has taught me something that I will continue to carry with me throughout my life. 

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