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Vassy
I was in the high school choir and was told I couldn't sing. Then, years later, that teacher heard me singing on a national radio station and ended up writing an apology letter, which is kind of funny. - Vassy
by Michael Shinafelt
Vassy
Vassy

Australian native Vassy Karaglorgos wants you to have a "Beautiful Day" with her new album. "Beautiful Day" is a pop parade of giddy proportions, from a singer/songwriter who has melodies constantly on her brain. So, pull up a chair, it's time to get Vassy!

MS: Looking over your materials, I was really impressed you had a song in "Cabin in the Woods," by the way.

Vassy: Oh, thank you!

MS: I'm a horror movie freak. Are you into that?

Vassy: Ya know, I'm not a big horror fan, but it was really cool that they wanted my song.

MS: "Desire" was a naughty little song. What makes you want to do fizzy dance pop?

Vassy: Well, I'm versatile. "Beautiful Day" has that vibe about it.

MS: Ok, but I want to know why. I looked at the video for your acoustic song, "Fallen," which is so great and different than the vibe of your album. What drew you to this?

Vassy: Being an artist, that's kind of what I do. Sometimes I feel like doing this, and sometimes I feel like doing that. Ya know, there's no rules, we eat different food everyday. When you're an artist, you just create.

MS: I wasn't trying to put you on the spot. After hearing some of your edgier material, I was curious what propelled you to this type of music.

Vassy: Oh, no, it's cool, you're not putting me on the spot. I'm just not sure how to answer that question. (laughs)

MS: Your choir teacher in high school told you you couldn't sing. Uh, ok, tell me about that.

Vassy: Well, I was in the high school choir and was told I couldn't sing. Then, years later, that teacher heard me singing on a national radio station and ended up writing an apology letter, which is kind of funny.

MS: Too funny that you were written an apology.

Vassy: Uh huh, I was kicked out of high school choir and was told I couldn't sing and when you're a kid that's very disheartening. But I just took it and went, "ok, cool." Instinctively, I knew I was a leader and not a follower.

MS: Yes! I love that, so cool. Billie Holiday was one of your inspirations. Being a fan of hers, I think that's really great.

Vassy: Yeah, I heard her sing when I was fifteen/sixteen and I remember being so moved by her. I was like, "God who is this woman with her vulnerable little voice"? Then I fell in love with her. I became obsessed. Ever since I heard "Autumn in New York," it made me dream about moving to America.

MS: You live in Los Angeles now. Did you move to New York first?

Vassy: I did, actually. Then I came to Los Angeles and everything fell into place.

MS: The weather here is better.

Vassy: Yes, the weather in New York is awful.

MS: Since I haven't heard the album "Beautiful Day," and I am so into your acoustic song "Fallen," enquiring minds want to know; is there anything like "Fallen" on the album?

Vassy: "Beautiful Day" is very organic. Obviously, I really love to do the acoustic stuff. I have a channel and I do acoustic stuff on it all the time.

MS: Your songs have been featured on many television shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "Ugly Betty." Did these songs help you branch out and be "Vassy".

Vassy: No, I was always being "Vassy". (laughs) I did the songs that were on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Ugly Betty" when I was in Australia. They heard them and they wanted to use them. I was never writing for TV and film. I was just being Vassy, and they liked my stuff, I am guessing. (laughs)

MS: Do you think being on those shows helped propel you to where you are now?

Vassy: Yeah, absolutely! I love music! I have always wanted to do it, but I didn't have the support, so I studied architecture.

MS: Oh, wow!

Vassy: I got my degree in it. My father passed away and I was really upset at the time, obviously. A friend of mine submitted a song I had written and it won a national competition. The song was on the radio. I got a record deal and I moved to America. Music is my passion. I love writing for others and myself. I'm very fortunate and blessed to be able to pursue my dream. Oh, and I have finally gotten my green card! (laughs)

MS: So, why did you decide to title your website "Kiss My Vassy"?

Vassy: Well, that's my thing, you know? "Kiss My Vassy!" I mean, how often does someone's name play off? (laughs)

Kiss yourself some Vassy at www.kissmyvassy.com.

Michael Shinafelt
Michael Shinafelt has covered pop & dance music since he first burst on to the writing scene, interviewing everyone from pop icon Olivia Newton-John to pop artist E.G. Daily. Not to mention the many dance divas (male and female) who he has crossed paths with. Other interviews of note are Pamela Anderson, Heidi Fleiss, as well as cover stories on Margaret Cho and Kathy Griffin. Peace.
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