Glorious artist Raquel Kiaraa stopped by MoggBlog HQ to chat about hidden talents, why music is the right path for Raquel and advice they’d given to their younger self.
Introduce yourself (yourselves) and your hidden talent!
I gave wings to my music in late 2018/early 2019, having never sung or played an instrument prior. At 32, I learned how to sing and play the piano for the first time to transform my poetry into music, the same age as my muse/role model, Leonard Cohen, when he began making music. I had never sung anywhere nor understood music whatsoever. Only the fact that I love to listen to it. The only thing I did know was I always loved to write, and I had books upon books of poetry I had written but had no idea how to turn them into songs. I wanted to create a goal so out of reach that I knew there was no room for the “impossible” in my life when I accomplished it. I coach people every day in my job as a full-time coach to believe in the possibility of where they can take their bodies and minds. I’ve always been one to want to lead by action in my life, by implementing my coaching practices on myself.
By March of 2019, I was motivated and determined enough to turn my goals into reality. By simply believing in the power of my music, I assembled a band of accomplished musicians. After only two rehearsals, some vocal lessons and music sheets for 13 original songs, I produced two sold-out 250+-seater performances, selling my tickets and running my publicity single-handedly. First and foremost, I was an athlete in my earlier years, a talented runner and basketball player, intending to make it to the next successful athletic level. In my 17th year of life, with my goals to be realized and achieved, I suffered a life-altering injury that would take me from athletics for the rest of my life. Three surgeries on my right leg and taken away from the very thing I loved most in this world, being an athlete.
As a young, tall, disillusioned teen, I moved through a terrible depression, a darkness that would last for many years—writing saved me in many ways and from that time, much of my poetry was born. Brokenness healed through writing and believing that I would find my passion calling again. I received a double University and College Degree in English, Journalism: TV, print and newspaper. I started a successful athletic performance academy with my partner, where we both coached and educated people/teams every day into their goals for the last nine years. I gave birth to my son, Legend Kingsley Cornell, in May 2020 and am expecting another son on the way in February 2022.
I am opening a 5,000 square foot branding and video studio for creatives and artists called Parisian Creative. Being an entrepreneur has breathed life back into me, creating, discovering and experiencing new passions not only for myself but for the people I get to help and work with. Finishing my 11 song album this year has been surreal in so many ways. The goal is real and alive. The impossible is POSSIBLE. Words, stories, and observations in life were etched into the pages of what would one day be released to the world as lyrics to my songs, and this is my Defying Odds.
My hidden talent: Defying odds, turning impossibles into possible.
What made you decide that music is the right path for you?
I just decided that I wanted my poetry to be more than just words in a book; I wanted to give them life. So like my muse and role model, Leonard Cohen, I embarked on a journey to become a musician and let the world hear my thoughts. I also profoundly wanted to inspire others to believe in their goals and know that they too can reach them with enough hard work and commitment. I coach clients full-time to believe in their power and achieve their goals; I wanted to prove that this is always possible for them.
What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?
Step into yourself with confidence. Work on the relationship with yourself, know who you are, believe in yourself, find your purpose, accept your gifts and work hard to become the person you dream of. When you become rooted in who you are and what you are capable of achieving, you empower yourself beyond measure; nothing and no one can stop that. That is power.
What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?
Lyrics. Ideas flood through me all day long; I can’t escape words and ideas. So I have always found myself carrying around a small notebook to jot down the constant ideas that come through me. I love words and writing stories; it’s something that has always come so fluid and natural to me
Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?
My new album is called “Defying Odds.” Although it is a compilation of my most unique and charismatic songs, this album has a profound meaning. It is about owning my power, celebrating the beauty of not only giving life to the child but giving light to myself, my strength, and my music goals.
Powerful and commanding, I wanted to show that I will continue to rise through all challenges as I move through pregnancy and toward becoming a mom for the second time. The title of the album speaks to women’s power to transcend the status quo. Time and again, women rise to the occasion proving to themselves and the world that the impossible is possible, and their dreams are alive, and we are achieving them. “We are women – Defying Odds. I am a woman – Defying Odds.”