LA experience memorable for Bloomfield teen

Eric McCarthy
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A 16 year-old singer from Bloomfield is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the final draft of her recent four-song recording at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles and a video shoot at the picturesque Granada Hills.

Karissa Horne took up singing around the same time she started playing guitar, at age 12. Now the 16 year-old from Bloomfield is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the final drafts of the songs she recorded last month in Los Angeles.

Karissa Horne flew to LA with her parents, David and Sherry, last month after being scouted by Ashley Camden of Bel Air Talent Group.

“They contacted me in May and they said they liked the sound of my voice and they would like to see me come down,” Horne said in explaining how the opportunity came about. Camden was reacting to Horne’s online recording of Tumbling Tears.

The Hornes didn’t jump right away, though. Karissa’s Dad is a friend of George Canyon’s tour manager, Rick Bazuin, so they waited for him to check things out to make sure everything was legit. By August, though, plans for the trip were finalized.

Horne recorded two songs provided by the producers, You’ve Got to Lose and James Dean, one she wrote, Wouldn’t Change a Thing, and one provided by Cory Gallant, her guitar instructor, Let’s Go Back.

The music video was based on James Dean.

“I liked the whole process of seeing how the recording was done and the music video, seeing how they filmed each part and how they put it together,” said the Grade 11 student from Westisle Composite High School.

The four songs entailed nine hours of recording time and brought her in contact with some big name musicians, like bass player Rob MacDonald who has toured with the likes of Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton.

They utilized two of Paramount’s studios, including Encore, where, Horne learned, Michael Jackson recorded Thriller.

Horne is not sure where the recording experience might take year; she’s just thrilled to have had the experience. “I never really expect too much,” she said, “I always just love playing music; it’s just my passion, so in going to LA, I didn’t expect anything. It was just the experience. The LA experience, just to have the chance to do it: that was a really big thing.”

Her older sisters joined Karissa and her parents in LA after a couple of days so they also turned it into a family vacation.

On their last day in LA, the Hornes had a label meeting at Universal Records. An agent there expressed interest in Horne’s singing of You’ve Got to Lose and indicated he would like to see her do a video of that song. The family is considering another trip in the New Year but want to gauge the response to Karissa’s first recording before making a decision. Once they have the songs back electronically, Karissa plans to load them online. She can be found on facebook and youtube by entering her name in the search field or on twitter at

Organizations: Bel Air Talent Group, Westisle Composite High School, Universal Records

Geographic location: Los Angeles

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