The past 5 years has been a quite a ride for Selina Carrera; a Philly songstress who expresses herself with a smooth, sensual, free spirited attitude. She's been recording ever since she was a child and got her first big break with Sony in 2008, only to break away from the record label a year later.
“I was so excited that they were interested in me and I kind of just signed stuff without really knowing what I was signing,” said Carrera, admitting it was a great learning experience, and even managed to leave on good terms.
Carrera’s currently working on her solo debut album and plans to lather the effort with experimental sounds and many features. Though Carrera’s album has yet to be titled, she's thought of the name “143,” which is code for “I love you” in beeping and text message. She's aiming to release the album by fall of this year, and has gained production confidence from Dilemma, who happens to be the main producer for Khemist.
The new record seeks to be experimental with that classic dose of soul—as in from Carrera’s soul. Carrera has also worked with Gilbere Forte and his producer Raak as well. She hopes that bringing all of these elements together will make for a memorable and solid debut.
“This new project doesn't sound anything like “Energy (a single Carrera released back in 2008),” put it that way (laughs). I guess throughout the years as an artist just growing more and more and just experiencing different things in life. As I progress as a person, my music is starting to progress as well...”.
Along with Gilbere Forte and Khemist, Selina is seeking out Chill Moody, Gogo Morrow, and others to be featured on the project. After hearing a few tracks that Carrera has been working on, it's safe to say listeners will be in for a true treat, whether they make it or not.
“Take Me High” is smooth and echoes shades of Sade. “Move (No tomorrow)” is a pure club banger that will definitely make people want to release themselves to the vibe. “F_ck What They Say” contains a clear message of not caring about what people have to say, along with some pretty ambitious sounds.
Ms. Carrera had great things to say about one of her collaborators in Khemist, another buzz-worthy performer.
“...His drive is awesome, his energy is great. I love him as a lyricist. I was just featured on his Death to Whack Rappers mixtape. It's probably the first release of me rapping since I released “Energy”...working with Khemist was really cool, I think he's got a bright future ahead of him.”
In addition to Khemist, Carrera has worked with Pras, formerly of The Fugees (remember him?), G*Lee, Sean Rose, R. Kelly, and others.
Anyone who's listened to Carrera knows that she comes equipped with lyrical flow in the form of hip hop and soul; it doesn't end there. Whether she freestyles, freestyle sings, writes bars, or simply sings her ass off, Carrera only wants to bring her hopes to fruition.
After her stint with Sony, Carrera found herself affiliated with Monarch Music Group as a songwriter after forwarding her music through her vocal coach and having a meeting with Roy Hamilton The Third (aka RH3). It was there that she came in contact with Pras and they formed a group by the name of Axixs. Carrera was fortunate to travel the world performing different venues, including the World Cup in South Africa and the Sundance Music Festival in Utah. Even more amazing, it was during this period that Carrera had the chance to audition to sing backup for another former Fugee member by the name of Lauryn Hill. Carrera was one of Hill's first selections. L-Boogie also called Carrera up about rehearsals. Even though this happened for a short span of time, it was something that Carrera would never forget.
“...She is like my favorite fucking artist of all time,” said Carrera, who further revealed that apparently Hill was high on Carrera’s musical and performing capabilities.
“...It just makes me feel like none of my work is in vain...”
Carrera has been firmly behind the Philadelphia music scene and feels that labels can't be placed on her artistry; she leaves the opinion of her work up to us.
“I'm not sure, I guess, that's for Philly to decide. I don't like to really put myself in any kind of box. The only box I put myself in, is a box that doesn't exist.”