Colette Carr (born January 6, 1991), is an American musician based in Malibu and Los Angeles, California. She is signed to Cherrytree Records. Carr released her debut single, "Back It Up", in 2009. On August 15, 2010, she released her first mixtape, "Sex Sells Stay Tooned". Her debut album, Skitszo, a collection of previously released digital EP's, released on July 9, 2013, "Never Gonna Happen" the fifth single released from Skitszo, reached #11 on Billboards Dance-Club Chart.
Carr hosts her own radio show on CherryTreeRadio.com, titled "The Colette Carr Pool." In addition to her music career, Carr co-owns a retail travel store "Coca-Nico" with her sister Nicole. The "Coca-Nico" store opened in December 11, 2010 in San Francisco, CA.
Carr originally was a competitive tennis player, until an injury involving her back led her to be unable to play anymore. "I was either going to become paralyzed and continue playing or stop and find a new destination for myself," says Carr. Music was also a passion for Carr, "I was obsessed with music growing up. I had my walkman on 24/7. I would write lyrics and song titles all over my walls in sharpie. I was extremely consumed," said Carr.
2009-10: Career beginnings:
Discovered at a Game concert, Carr volunteered to go on stage when host comedian Stroy Moyd, asked the audience if anyone could freestyle. The audience reacted positively to Carr, screaming "Go white girl". Carr gained the attention of the audience, and various producers, including The Cataracs, who produced various songs for her. Carr released her debut single, "Back It Up" in 2009, which quickly became a viral success. The music video, directed by Richie Mac, received more than 465,000 views on MTV Music networks MTVU channel, charting top 10 video of the week. Carr was signed to N'credible, by Nick Cannon. In 2010, Carr released promotional single "Bitch Like Me", accompanied with video directed by Jonathan Singer-Vine, and her first mix-tape "Sex Sells Stay Tooned", with over 100,000 downloads in its first few months. On March 28, 2010 Carr performed at the 2010 Bamboozle Music Festival in California.
2011-present: Skitszo and second mixtape:
Cherrytree Records released Skitszo, Carr's debut album, on released July 9, 2013, although tracks were released to music streaming services as the album was being completed. Carr said that the album title was a tribute to her favorite uncle, who suffered from schizophrenia.
"(We Do It) Primo", the first single was released on May 11, 2011, reached the number-one spot on Billboard's Uncharted chart for artists whose music is primarily distributed online. "Sex (feat. New Boyz)", was released on December 13, 2011. "Like I Got A Gun", was released June 1, and premiered on CherrytreeRadio.com that same day. Carr planned to release digital EP's called 'The Skitszo Collection' which consisted of songs from her debut album that had been split into four EP's. Carr released "F16" on November 13, 2012 as a part of her first EP, the song was produced by Frankmusik. "Why Are You Leaving?" featuring Far East Movement's Kev Nish was released on January 8, 2013. "Never Gonna Happen" released on March 5, and the single remixed by Dave Aude appeared on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart at #11.
Carr is planning on releasing her second mixtape called "Going, Going HAM", sometime during 2014. She issued a track from the mixtape, via Sound Cloud called "HAM" featuring artist Ben J from Hip Hip duo New Boyz, co-written by Nate Walka and Jon Redwine produced by Marley Waters. Carr released and premiered the music video for 'HAM' on popular American radio personality, television host, and producer Ryan Secrest site RyanSeacrest.com September 13, 2013. Carr started touring along with Huey Mack and Mayo on the 'Pretending Perfection' tour from April 21 to May 1, 2014.
Carr has cited in various interviews that her influences include Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Wu-Tang Clan, Suzanne Vega, Baris Mancho, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Cure, and Britney Spears