Karina Grace Forman is just 13, but her songs reveal a maturity beyond her years
From the May 2017 issue
Click here to listen to Karina's original song, "So Much More"!
Karina Grace Forman remembers a photo of herself sitting at a piano when she was just 2 years old. It’s a picture that sticks out in her mind because the seventh-grader can’t remember exactly when she fell in love with the instrument.
“But I was 6 when I really started playing,” she says with conviction.
Karina, who has never had any formal music instruction, recalls taking a few piano lessons from her grandmother, a concert pianist, but she learned how to play largely from watching videos on the Internet. That’s also how she learned to play the guitar.
These days the 13-year-old from Milton, who is home-schooled, not only plays both instruments but also writes her own music and sings. Moreover, she’s found fame from posting her songs online, and has recorded a track at The Cutting Room Studios in New York City.
Karina’s mom, Annalise Forman, believes the performance gene was handed down to her daughter from older generations.
“My mom plays piano and my great-aunt is an opera singer — she’s even sung at The Met,” Annalise says, referring to New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. “But I am not musically inclined at all... I think the gene skipped a generation.”Karina, a middle child with two brothers, grew up listening to a lot of Christian contemporary music. But these days she prefers pop artists like Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, and the songs she writes fall into the same genre.
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