By Nicholas Jason Lopez
An 18-year veteran known for her powerhouse vocals and dominant stage presence, Canada-based R&B singer/songwriter Stephanie Caprara recently delivered the music video for her latest single “Let Me Know.”
Inspired by diva pop predecessors like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, Caprara set her own path from the jump and hasn’t looked back. A helpful asset to the music industry, she also serves as a recognized vocal coach and music teacher.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to chat with Caprara about “Let Me Know” and more.
Music Bugle – What’s your particular method for balancing all that you do?
Stephanie Caprara – I am a very disciplined and organized person. I keep a schedule with everything I am juggling. I’m also very determined and never back away from a challenge. In my mind, nothing is impossible and I feel energized and inspired by hard work. I don’t get a thrill from anything that comes too easy. I generally thrive when I am busy.
Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from?
Stephanie Caprara – I was born in Montreal. Montreal is a very diverse city. There is a lot to be inspired from and the music scene here is unique. I am a very proud Canadian! Canada is a beautiful, multicultural country with two official languages, which I find charming.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Stephanie Caprara – I am mostly inspired by old-school music. Artists like Prince, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, etc.. I also appreciate new artists such as Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato and Shawn Mendes.
Music Bugle – If you had to pick a theme song for yourself, what would it be?
Stephanie Caprara – “Focus” by Ariana Grande. The lyrics describe my personality.
Music Bugle – What directly inspired your single “Let Me Know”?
Stephanie Caprara – The song is about a personal experience regarding a man that had commitment issues. He played hot and cold and just didn’t know what he wanted. It was a situation that was confusing, annoying and time-consuming. I turned a negative experience into a feel-good, funky pop song.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Stephanie Caprara – This pandemic has affected the music industry all over the world. Gigs have been cancelled and so, I had to find other ways to connect with my audience and fans. I turned to doing some livestream shows on Facebook and Instagram. I have been posting more often on YouTube and giving lessons online. It has not been an easy situation. I do my best to stay positive and find ways to stay active to keep my spirit lifted.
Music Bugle – What’s something you wish happened more in today’s music industry?
Stephanie Caprara – Authenticity and humility! I feel like real music is a dying art. There is a considerable lack of substance and artistry in music today. It takes years of dedication and passion to master an instrument and the human voice. Richard Strauss stated it best when he said, “The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.” I believe in music education and aspiring artists should train with certified and experienced professionals if they are serious about pursuing a career. As an artist, you have a moral duty to create something beautiful that speaks to the masses! I take what I do very seriously. This is something I dedicated my life and my entire heart and soul to. All that being said, more artists should focus on the music rather than exposing their bodies.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need an escape?
Stephanie Caprara – I like to go on long drives and blast music in my car. I also enjoy losing myself in a good book.
Music Bugle – What are your goals for 2021?
Stephanie Caprara – The main thing I am focusing on is writing music and staying creative despite the setbacks of the pandemic.
Music Bugle – What has been your biggest challenge lately?
Stephanie Caprara – I recently put together a home studio and I am learning how to work with all the technical aspects of recording and producing.