Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto Vs. Katrina
Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:21:02
Here's Katrina's back story. She appeared on Star Search at 11. She beat the late R&B singer Aaliyah during her appearance. She was pursued by labels, but quit the music game and went to law school instead. She graduated with a Masters in Entertainment and Media law. She saw the queen of performing -yeah, that'd be Cher- in Vegas and was inspired to get back into music! Cher does that to ya!
See why Katrina was the perfect specimen for the latest installment of Take Aim? If not for her talent, for the cool Ed McMahon/Star Search stories!
Amy Sciarretto popped off the usual and specifics to Katrina, whose debut album is called In the Blink of an Eye. Listen for her new single "So Eden," which drops at radio in February.
Pick one of your songs and share any inside details - colorful stuff, such as where you were when you wrote or recorded it, or if anything cool, fun or weird happened surrounding it. We just would love to be put in the moment, as if we were there with you.
The song "So Eden" was written in a day. I have two co-writers, my producer Val Garay, and hit songwriter Bonnie Hayes. Val had hung on to the title "So Eden" for 10 years and was waiting for the perfect time to write it. I'm so glad he waited. The very first time I met Bonnie Hayes was on Sept. 21, 2009. It was like a screening and interview over lunch after Val and I had driven, in two separate cars mind you, up to SF from LA and gone straight into this meeting with Bonnie. After the lunch and getting to know you, it was off to Bonnie's studio. Val gave us the title "So Eden" and we went into a frenzy. By the time we shut up at the end of the day -about four hours later- we had the song - the meat and potatoes - done. The two remaining days we worked on the salt and pepper. But it was like magic in that room. Something beautiful was happening but I didn't dare say what I felt out loud. It was only the first song and we had 10 more to go. After we got back to LA, in our separate cars, we went directly to Val's studio and worked on the track some more. He said to me "Katrina, I have been in this business a long time, I have worked with so many artists and songwriters and I'm telling you, something special happened in that room. You don't know it yet because you haven't been doing this long enough but trust me...." I was screaming and jumping up and down with joy on the inside but like I said, it was only the first of 11. We had so much further to go.
We wrote the rest of the record that way. Val and I would travel up to SF/Sausalito together, sometimes we would drive (in the same car from then on) until we were finished. What's strange is at the last minute we had to extend our last trip up north so we could finish our last song and after picking the day we would return home I looked at my calendar and almost fell over. It was a year to the day, Sept. 21, 2010, that we finished writing the songs for the record. Thank you Bay Area for being the creative haven where my first record was born.
If I wasn't making music, I would be:
Helping other people make music.
Any non-music hobbies or skills? If so, what?
I am licensed to practice law in the state of California, a member of the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States, the Federal Court, and I have a Masters degree in Entertainment and Media Law. I guess you can call that a hobby since I have maintained my license but can't remember the last time I stepped into court.
I am proud to say that I love to ski. It's how I prefer to spend my free time. Being up in the mountains is so peaceful. It's also the ideal place to spend time practicing the guitar and coming up with ideas for new songs.
You have such an interesting history - Star Search vs Aaliyah) and then the Master's degree and then seeing Cher inspired you to do music again! First, what about Cher got the creative juices flowing again? Why did you decide to stop performing and do music? Any fun Star Search memories? Was Ed McMahon cool?
I have always loved Cher, and also have Armenian heritage (like she does). I was already contemplating quitting law to go back to music because I had two songs on the soundtrack to a small film, and then someone, still don't know who, posted several old Star Search episodes. Then I went to Las Vegas for the weekend and was lucky enough to get first row seats to her show. I was on my feet dancing and singing along to her songs. I watched her up there and thought, if I don't go for it now I may just lose my chance forever, and never go back to music. I was in tears at the thought of going back to court with my gigantic files. Sometimes after spending hours prepping a file I would go to sleep at night thinking to myself "If all I had to do was get up in the morning and sing a song life would be so sweet."
Fun Star Search memory... There was an episode of Full House where Joey goes on the show Star Search and competes in the comedian category. They filmed it during my season. I met the whole cast, it was fun and memorable.
Ed McMahon was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He would tell us jokes and always tried to make us kids feel comfortable. I was lucky enough to have one of the special dressing rooms. Mine was not on the side of the stage, with everyone else's, but behind the stage with the spokes models on one side and Ed on the other. Good times.
Favorite artist of all time and why?
Ok, this is a tough one. I would ask if I could make it top 5 or top 20, but I get it. I must pick one. Before I pick just one I have to say that my number one favorite varies from day to day, and is often dictated by my mood. With that said, it is Cher. She's won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Golden Globe, an Emmy. She has fans of all ages, her music has withstood the test of time, and she continues to reinvent herself. She is a true artist. Love her.
How cool is Katrina?