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Rising Australian star Lara D today releases her new single ‘Better By Myself’ and announces her debut EP Yours Truly will be released on June 10.
The track is a gorgeous, multi-faceted R&B track that also incorporates slivers of jazz and rap and highlights Lara’s ability to inhabit any genre she choses after the pure pop of previous single ‘Bad Case Of Loving You’.
“’Better By Myself’ is about knowing your worth and taking the steps toward the journey you want to have for your life, even if it means doing it on your own,” Lara says. “It’s about self-accomplishment and self-determination to believe in you when no one else does or tries to tell you what your purpose should be in life. It’s about learning to love yourself and appreciating your own presence and not needing to surround yourself with people to be satisfied with oneself/happy.”
Sony Australia’s chart-topping star Lara D makes her North American debut with a new single and video “Bad Case of Loving You.” For the debut, the Morrocan-Lebanese singer-songwriter tells a rollercoaster love story that ends in one discovering self-love. Stream the new single below via Sony Entertainment Australia.
With the incredible amount of great music coming from all around the globe, we're excited for what the new year holds. Here are a few artists that caught our attention in 2021 that we’re making sure to keep an eye on for the year ahead..
With an incredible amount of great music coming from gifted artists around the globe, there is so much impressive talent blooming in all corners of the world. From Nigeria to the USA via AUNZ, here are 5 global artists that caught our attention in 2021 we think you should keep an eye on in 2022.
Traversing R&B, soul and more, here are five local artists with undeniable star power that you should have on your radar.
With the amount of fresh talent brewing on the streets of Australia and New Zealand, there is an abundance of upcoming artists who are absolutely killing it in their area code. These rising local stars are a need-to-know, creating world-class R&B, soul and more. Check out the list below!
Rising R&B-pop artist Lara D today releases her first new music of 2022, ‘Bad Case Of Loving You’. Leaning more into pop than her previous releases, the song is powerful and impactful, expertly constructed with beautiful melodies, a driving beat and a remarkable vocal performance from Lara. It is an incredibly assured song from a relatively new act and can stand side-by-side with music released by the very best international superstars.
“‘Bad Case Of Loving You’ is about falling into the trap of toxic love and the mixed emotions that come with discovering if someone is genuine, or if it’s all part of a game,” Lara says. “Sometimes we fall for someone that we shouldn’t because they don’t treat you right or they fall through on their promises. It’s not a heartbreak song, it’s more about warranted disappointment in someone for turning out exactly like you thought they would.”
The song was co-written by Lara with acclaimed production team DNA Songs, who also produced the track. “I was playing with vocal ideas and I come up with a cool rhythm vocally in the chorus, everyone reacted and said "that's it", it became a key hook - it was funny as I kinda wrote it without thinking!” Lara says of how the song came together.
Also released today is the beautiful music video for ‘Bad Case Of Loving You’, which was filmed at Caves Beach and an arcade in NSW. Lara styled and co-directed the video which remarkably had to be delayed when a whale beached itself on Caves Beach, with Lara and the crew helping it get back to open waters.
It’s our first fresh music friday for 2022! Andy park, alex vardanega and nicola weiss have shared their takes on a new track from sydney r&b up-and-comer lara d, some gloomy and heart-wrenching irish post-punk courtesy of fontaines d.c., and a rush of glitchy pop dopamine from japanese producer phritz.
We’ve been fans of Lara D for quite some time now. From her captivating stage presence to her range, the teenager Sydney local is an artist who we always knew would go far. Looks like we were right.
Ever since her debut on The Voice 2019, Lara D has been stretching the walls of RnB as far as it can go. From her debut single White Lies to her latest release #BeMe, audiences have been served a scintillating blend of raw emotion, candid lyricism, vibrant melodies, all capped off by the singer’s immaculate vocals. As an artist, Lara D is jaw-dropping.
For any artist, fame is a double-edged sword. As the process of making art will always inherit a level of publicity, artists are continually faced with attention from those who feed off notoriety: people who had never looked twice in your direction are suddenly your biggest fans the moment your work reaches into the world. On her latest single, Lara D cancels the clout chasers and takes her rightful place amongst hip-hop’s greats.
I’m Not is as much a coronation as it is a catharsis. The Sydney-based singer cleanses herself of the toxic people who attempt to wagon off her success, whilst also melting generations of hip-hop into a neon ascension. It’s a song for the ages.
Lara D is formidable. Carving through Australia’s RnB scene at just 17, the Sydney-based singer is releasing songs that perfectly balance meaning and explosive sonic.
Following the release of her latest single I’m Not, the RnB darling has shared a bit about where music began for her as a young artist at the start of a vibrant career.
Amidst studying for the HSC, Lara D took some time out to chat us through her biggest RnB influences behind her new video for I’m Not.
Introducing Lara D, the 17-year-old vocal powerhouse from Sydney, Australia. Lara D grew up on a healthy diet of RnB and pop music. As a contemporary music fan, Lara takes cues from the likes of Camilla Cabello, Ella Mai and Bazzi. Lara D describes music as her ultimate expression, a gateway into telling her story and sending a message to her peers, “when I sing it makes people happy which I love, music is my way of putting how I feel or what I want to say to the world”. Lara D is here to relate and speak to her audience, a formative direction for the youthful artist. On her debut single “White Lies,” Lara D delivers an infectious and captivating performance beyond her years. Lara D speaks on truth and honesty on “White Lies,” “one tiny lie can affect a person, knowing someone telling the truth is better than not knowing at all and looking like a fool”. With a level-headed and positive approach to her music, Lara D is here for all the young girls trying to fit in, or look a certain way, “when people, teenagers especially, listen to my music I want them to feel like they have the world in their hands like they can do anything”.
Lara D is a breath of fresh air for the urban music scene. Her cut above talents in both singing and her rap game have gained her widespread attention, and have backed her as the one to watch in 2019. Currently living in Sydney, Australia with her family this sweet sixteen pop prodigy has set her sights on the world stage. Given her talent, work ethic, and ability to put out pop bangers, it won’t be long until she’s a household name.
Growing up on a solid diet of RnB, hip hop, and pop music, Lara takes cues from the vocal and musical stylings of Camilla Cabello, Ella Mai and Bazzi, mixed with the lyrical spice and rhythmic swagger of Cardi B, and Nikki Minaj. Lara D describes making music as her ultimate form of self-expression, a portal into telling her story and sending messages to her peers, “When I sing it makes people happy which I love, people need a bit of happiness in their lives especially these days. I guess music is my way of connecting and putting forward how I feel, or what I’m wanting to share with the world”.
Introducing Lara D, the 17 year-old vocal powerhouse from Sydney, Australia. Lara D grew up on a healthy diet of RnB and pop music. As a contemporary music fan, Lara takes cues from the likes of Camilla Cabello, Ella Mai and Bazzi.
Lara D describes music as her ultimate expression, a gateway into telling her story and sending a message to her peers, “when I sing it makes people happy which I love, music is my way of putting how I feel or what I want to say to the world”.
Lara D is here to relate and speak to her audience, a formative direction for the youthful artist.
On her debut single ‘White Lies’, Lara D delivers an infectious and captivating performance beyond her years.
Lara D speaks on truth and honesty on ‘White Lies’, “one tiny lie can affect a person, knowing someone telling the truth is better than not knowing at all and looking like a fool”. With a level-headed and positive approach to her music, Lara D is here for all the young girls trying to fit in, or look a certain way, “when people, teenagers especially, listen to my music I want them to feel like they have the world in their hands like they can do anything”.
Kelly Rowland was left ‘gutted’ on Monday night’s The Voice finals after two of her team members were eliminated from the competition.
The former Destiny’s Child star looked devastated as Team Kelly members Denzel M and Lara Dabbagh were voted out of the Nine competition by the public.
'It is honestly a reminder for people to vote for their favourites. I mean, I'm just so shocked. '
And now it looks like Kelly’s chances of repeating last year’s success – her contestant Sam Perry won last year – are slipping away as she’s left with just one contestant
VOYAGER Point teen Lara Dabbagh is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her musical idol Alicia Keys.
The 14-year-old will be releasing her debut single Smile later this month, marking a huge stepping stone for the once-shy performer.
To realise her dream of becoming an artist, Dabbagh took to the stage for the first time at a school performance a few years ago before enrolling in a drama class to overcome her nerves.
“I’ve been singing ever since I was little to get over my stage fright. I started performing onstage when I was in Year 6,” she said.
“I was really nervous but I decided I had to get over that stage fright.”
Voyager Point teen Lara Dabbagh usually spends Australia Day at the beach with family and friends but this year is set to be completely different.
The 15-year-old singer will be performing at Liverpool Council’s annual Australia Day celebrations, which is expected to draw huge crowds to Woodward Park.
“I’m trying to find good songs that will be upbeat. I’ve practised them a few times and I thought (they had) good vibes,” Lara said.
She will be performing a 20-minute set of covers and mash-ups alongside other local artists.
Born in Australia with a Morrocan-Lebanese background, Lara said she appreciated the opportunities that came with being an Australian and “the fact that you have a culture that you can come to and the freedom.”
A spectrum of bright colours, statement head pieces and a whole lot of beads dazzled Liverpool Catholic Club last Saturday during the annual African Cultural and Dinner Nite (sic).
The event celebrated African culture, people and their socio-economic contributions to Australia. It also allowed people from different parts of Africa to unite and experience varied African food, cultures, and dance rhythms.
Lara, 14, is of Moroccan and Lebanese background.
“It’s my first time at the event. I’ve performed at events before but tonight I performed Alicia Keys because she’s my inspiration. I love tonight’s vibe and how it celebrates African culture. I want to be an inspiration to all girls out there, no matter what their background is,” Lara said.