Women’s History Month is here, and we have the perfect empowering artist to highlight. Possessing a serenading unique sound, incredible vocal range, and lyrical smarts - she’s a perfect mix of Jhene Aiko and vocal powerhouse Jill Scott. Inspired by R&B and pop artists like Brandy, Alicia Keys, and Christina Aguilera; we present to you southwest D.C’s very own, soulful R&B artist, Serenity Karima.
Growing up, Serenity doubted her full abilities as an artist, but her mother always believed in her talent. She recalls not recognizing her full potential until she began singing and writing with other artists.
Living in D.C can be a whirlpool but there is never a dull moment. As a young girl, Serenity enjoyed going outside and participating in double-dutch, it was one of her favorite activities to take on. “Double-dutch was definitely my thing and I loved it,” Serenity stated. Apart from double-dutch, she found herself enjoying and playing the game of basketball until she realized… “Short people didn’t make it that far.”
From elementary to high school, Serenity not only found success in education, but, musically as well. Although she loved math and reading, her true love was in writing and singing. In class,
Serenity and her female peers would write a great deal of songs related to girl power and young love. Serenity stated, “It was a way to create and connect with friends and to pretend like you were a part of a girl group.”
Outside of school, she took interest in watching televised music videos on VH1 Soul, she recalls being “Mesmerized by women of color in the industry and R&B artists.” Apart from music videos, she appreciated learning about different cultures styles of singing and dancing as well.
Two years from now, Serenity’s goals are to generate new music and carry out more collaborative projects, pushing women to work together in the industry. Serenity also wishes to define her sound and study past astonishing artists like Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin. “By doing homework on my sound, I plan on finding more inspiration,” Serenity stated.
Aside from music, Serenity is also extremely passionate about women empowerment and being an activist for women and young girls. She seeks to be a particular voice for women by projecting her past experiences and giving out the opportunities to help others. Along the way, she hopes to discover and find more ways to educate and mentor women from all walks of life.
Read more about Serenity Karima with a closer look below.
Favorite Venue to Perform at in D.C.?
I performed at many places in D.C, I don’t have a favorite, but I will say which type of venue I desire. I appreciate a venue in an intimate setting where there aren’t too many people. It’s way more gratifying.
What is your favorite saying or quote?
My favorite saying comes from the song “Celibacy Blues” by Jill Scott. In the song, Jill sings “Mind over matter but, I don’t mind what they say; and it don’t matter.” It goes back to me thinking that I’m not talented enough or valuable, but it's all in my head. If you don't mind what people say, then it won't matter anyway.
Do you have any hidden talents?
( As we asked Serenity this question, she broke out into her surprisingly phenomenal British accent and stated … )
My hidden talent is I can do a British accent. When I was attending George Mason, I took acting classes because I have always wanted to be on a show.
What makes you musical style different from others?
I think what separates me from other artist, is my attracting soul and I produce a different type of story. For example, I’m already married, so my narrative is different from the average singe life of an R&B artist.
What song do you currently have on replay?
“My mind” by Yebba. Her voice is phenomenal, and the lyrics are moving.
Would you rather Win $50,000 or let your best friend win $500,000?
I would let my best friend win $500,000 because, she will split the cost with me. The first thing I will do is take it home to my husband, and put money towards credit to get back interest. As well as, build a home studio.
Magnified Topic of the Week: Serenity Karima “Soul Serenade” EP
“This EP was a long time coming,” Serenity stated. However, Soul Serenade was well worth the wait. One of the featured songs, “Talk Nerdy”, is about her love for her husband’s intelligence, making this song significantly special to Serenity in particular. Apart from “Talk Nerdy”, fan favorite “Party”, is the perfect song to dance like nobody's watching with your best girlfriends. Soul Serenade is truly a serenading, light-hearted, and a refreshing feel for us all.
Written by Dejah Moné