Coachella Music Festival performing artist Cara Frew is a South African born singer-songwriter whose music is wrapped in pop vocals and an earthy feel, with organic elements that are driven by acoustic guitar and African drums. Cara’s debut album, “Flame,” was released through Sony Music Entertainment worldwide, with her hit single, “Free,” nominated for a SAMA, her collaboration with American DJ SNBRN, “You Got Me,” reaching over ten million plays on Spotify & Soundcloud and album spiking interest as she opened for internationally acclaimed UK band "The Script" on the South African leg of their world tour.
On home soil, Cara joined forces with one of Africa’s biggest exports, world-renowned DJ and music producer - Black Coffee. ‘’I’ll Find You’’ was the first release off Black Coffee’s 2015 album. The collaboration afforded Cara the opportunity to perform at Ultra Music Festival Miami, Ultra Music Festival South Africa and Sónar Johannesburg.
Cara studied at Berklee College of Music and has had recent sync placements on ABC hit series Pretty Little Liars and Vanderpump Rules. She has completed a Production Course at the Scratch Academy in Los Angeles, received a Master Certificate for vocal performance, piano, production, songwriting and music theory at the Malie Kelly Vocal Academy in South Africa and went on to further her knowledge at the Song Writing School of Los Angeles, where she gained first-hand experience in songwriting and studio production. Having worked in LA it wasn’t long before Cara had the opportunity to write and record with musical greats such as Lauren Christy and Andre Lindal, the creative duo behind Kelly Clarkson’s Grammy-Award winning "Stronger". Listing Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey as some of her favorite artists, it was a dream come true to record her first four-track EP "Come Close to Me" with Daniel Heath who was responsible for Del Rey’s "Blue jeans" and "Young and Beautiful". All four tracks were co-written with Stefan Skarbek who worked closely with Amy Winehouse.
Cara’s first single, "Falling", an African influenced Tropical House track produced by a Cape Town based band, The Kiffness, received massive local attention. This summer tune charted on many of South Africa’s top radio stations including national radio station, 5FM, where it spent 12 weeks on the Top 40 charts, four of which were in the Top 10, reaching number four.
Her second single "Invisible" spent three months at Number One on the radio chart, which makes Cara the first artist since 2009 to dominate the Top 30 chart, B.O.B and Lady Gaga held the record for only three weeks. The success of Cara’s EP created a stir on the music scene, and Sony Music Entertainment offered her a record deal. All three single’s that followed her signing, "Only High with You," "Dance," and, “Free,” again topped the radio charts nationwide.
Cara is no stranger to the international scene. She headlined the live stage at Ultra Music Festival in Singapore, performed throughout Toronto at Canadian Music Week, and sold out shows in Los Angeles at Soho House. Cara also took the stage at Johnny Depp’s iconic Viper Room, a nightclub located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.
Cara has also competed at the highest level in the equestrian sport at the World Equestrian Games three times, the first time as a Vaulter, so fun fact, she can stand on the back of a cantering horse on one leg, and twice as a Show Jumper.
There is more to this artist than what meets the eye.
Cara supports a number of charitable causes ranging from social responsibility to nature conservation and animal rights. Notably, she is a Helping Rhino's and WWF ambassador and feels strongly about working to preserve the heritage of our country and the world for future generations.
Cara see's the value in hard work and understands what it feels like to be vulnerable which lead her to launch her own initiative “Music Heals”, that aims to help prevent young women and children from being sexually abused and equip them with skills to be able to make the most of their lives. Her workshop also teaches boys to respect girls so that they grow up into men of honor and integrity and thereby make them a part of the solution. She is proud to be an ambassador for one of the world's most significant child protection organizations, Women and Men against Child Abuse.
She has also partnered with Khulisa Social solutions in the “Daring to Dream” initiative which encompasses two projects that focus on providing young people from disadvantaged communities with skills early on in life to enable them to be the best citizens they can be and equip them for their future success. The Rock and Rhyme workshop focuses on ECD and uses English nursery rhymes with song and dance to expand the understanding of the English language, develop cognitive and motor skills and teach moral and social lessons, giving them a good grounding, enabling them to cope well at school and beyond. The Grab your Dream is geared towards inspiring, encouraging and empowering the youth to become contributing members of society and therefore be less likely to fall into the cycle of crime and violence.
"What I feel most strongly about regarding this project is that we have the backing of the University of the North West and SAPS. Together with Khulisa, they work hard to maintain the project's sustainability, while constantly improving the initiatives and tracking all progress.” Says Cara