Scarlette Fever aka Karen Barrow has been writing with Chris Neil, Daniel Merriweather, Paul Barry from Metrophonic and J.R. Richards recently as well as country queen Leslie Satcher. Her latest material can be heard here: Scarlette has performed live on Bob Mills @ Talk Radio recently and Tony Hadley has supported her forthcoming single ’Sealed with a Kiss’ on BBC Three Counties. She recently sold out Village Concerts in Reading, The Green Note in Camden and will be headlining at the brand new major venue The Camden Club this September.

Scarlette Fever’s extensive career has seen acclaimed support within the UK media, from tabloid pop pages and teen press, to securing the stamp of approval from Popjustice and prestigious appearances on the BBC Radio 2 playlist + much more. As well as obtaining two Top 5 singles in the Billboard Dance Charts with her debut single ‘Crash and Burn’ & remix track ‘P.S. I Hate You’ in collaboration with Jason Nevins (Run–D.M.C., N.E.R.D.), Scarlette has stepped onto the stages of ample renowned venues across the world including Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Birmingham Arena, Beautiful Days and Isle of Wight Festivals, Blue Bird Café in Nashville and West Hollywood’s Viper Room.

Scarlette could be giving lectures on how to survive in this tough old business and more importantly how to build a sustainable career through hard work and passion – plus the ability to take the knocks and rise again supported by her dedicated Scarlette’s Sweethearts audience and social media followers which is over 100,000 fans strong whilst juggling her coaching classes and teaching SEN students.

Tell us about your entry into music:

I was 7 years old and Father Christmas gave me a karaoke machine for Christmas… From that moment onwards I was absolutely hooked on singing.

Do you have a favourite performing memory?

Definitely…. Playing at the Albert Hall on the ‘Mike and The Mechanics’ tour with a coach load of my family and friends in the audience

What do you think of busking as a form of performing?

I think it’s an awesome way to hone your craft, test out new material and practice engaging with your audience.

What is unique about busking?

When you’re busking you only have a couple of seconds to get someone’s attention, if they like what they hear they’ll stop to listen… If they don’t, they’ll carry on walking.

What do you do to support the music scene and emerging artists?

I coach lots of artists/singers which I love doing and I regularly put out coaching videos and content online

And what more could be done by society?

I think people need to be educated, they don’t understand how little money artists/musicians get for streaming and I think artists/musicians should stop giving away so much for free… During lockdown I saw chefs charging for online classes, comedians for online gigs and barely any artists/musicians, they all gigged online for free which just isn’t sustainable.

Why did you decide to perform at International Busking Day 2022?

It was a no brainer! It’s such an exciting event with an awesome line-up, when I was asked to play I jumped at the chance

What are you most excited about for International Busking Day?

After lockdown, the buzz of being back on stage performing in front of a live audience is something I’ll never take for granted again.

International Busking Day

You can see more about International Busking Day here.

● Now in its seventh year, International Busking Day will return this summer with big names, alongside up and coming artists and grassroots acts.

● Curated and produced by Busk in London, who are supported by the Mayor of London, the festival scooped up an award at the prestigious Music Cities Awards 2021, a global competition designed to reward the most outstanding applications of music for social and cultural development in cities all around the world.

● Created by Busk in London in 2015 as a hashtag campaign to help raise the profile of street performance and celebrate talent, it has grown and developed into a musical highlight in London’s cultural calendar. It was designed as a promotional vehicle to highlight the importance and value of busking – which has been under increasing pressure over recent years due to gentrification.

● There will be over 150 performers on 10 stages from across different art forms. Music, street theatre, circus, acrobatics, street art, dance and more will all be on offer to entice and excite visitors.

● One of the 10 stages will be fully dedicated to emerging musicians from North-West London nurturing local talent to become the next headliners at Wembley venues.

● International Busking Day is a great opportunity to support some of the hottest home-grown talent and world-class street performers, in London’s most iconic destination for music and live entertainment.

● One Wembley was known for its big stage – and we want to enable everyone to have that feeling. From emerging artists to household names, everyone can feel a star at London’s home of music. Whether you’re at the beginning or pinnacle of your musical career, Wembley Park is the home of musical talent.

● Through International Busking Day and its annual free cultural programme, Wembley Park is providing opportunities for the community to participate and engage with live experiences across different artforms.

● Wembley Park is London’s most exciting new neighbourhood – only 12 minutes from central London it is home to a broad and varied cultural offering for local residents and visitors from further afield.


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