Carrie Haber: A Maltese at ease
September 15, 2010 Leave a comment
Carrie Haber has devoted her life to music, which is not at all extraordinary for a young singer/songwriter.
But what is unique about the Malta-born artist is that she hasn’t spent the past few years doggedly searching for a big break.
She, in essence, goes where the wind takes her. Yet, despite her relaxed attitude about her career, opportunities seem to have fallen into her lap like overripe fruit.
The artist received a free offer to have her video filmed by a producer in Malta, who kindly decided to take her on as a project for his marketing company.
She also received vocal lessons, which gave her the skills she needed to become a vocal coach in her spare time.
Performing Right Society
After earning enough money to produce her own EP, Haber attended a Performing Right Society meeting for artists in Malta.
The organisation, created to make sure artists get paid royalties for commercial use of their music, had drawn an interesting array of people.
When one of the attendees asked Haber to loan her keyboard to him for a show he was doing later, she agreed. The artist was none other than British music promoter Tony Moore. He was so grateful that he asked Haber to open his show that night.
“He invited me to come to London and perform in his venues. I was coming over regularly at first, for a week at a time and then a month. I made the decision that because things were happening for me in London, I should make a move.”
Haber’s move to the richly diverse and cultural city of London caused her fans to develop a greater respect and recognition for her as an artist.
The Malta Music Awards
In 2009, she won Best Songwriter and Best Female Artist at the Malta Music Awards.
By 2010, after living in London for just over a year, the talented singer/songwriter had already attracted some influential people in the music business.
“I’m working with Sting’s producer, U2, and Peter Gabriel.”
But while Haber’s good fortune is seemingly a windfall, it is her attributes as an artist that is undoubtedly the secret to her success.
On stage, her humility is as much a part of her energy as the songs she belts out with incredible self-assuredness.
“I’ve improved so much,” admitted the singer, later on. “I received a lot of constructive criticism. I had one to one’s with Tony Moore that have opened up my mind. I have a better understanding of what talent scouts are looking for.”
Like any young artist, 25-year old Haber has difficult moments in her career.
“I have moments of worry, but nothing ever happens when I panic. It’s also about having a backup. I live music. I breathe music. I teach music as a backup so that I can be around it all the time.”
Almost every decision Haber makes is based on self-improvement, not only as an artist, but as a person.
“I studied psychology in university because I wanted to understand myself and others a little better. It opened my mind a lot. I check in with myself often and ask questions like, ‘Why am I going through this?’ and ‘What’s going on with me?’
Her willingness to self-improve has made it easier for her to make vital connections in the music business.
Her magnetism is obvious to everyone in the room, even if it isn’t to her. Over coffee, Haber’s cheerful disposition infects another singer and friend nearby. The two begin to giggle like schoolgirls.
Animated, Haber continues to talk about self-therapy. And even in this, her philosophy of letting inspiration find her comes through.
“You don’t have to go looking for whatever your spiritual muse is, just stop and look within.”
Her face a bit more serious, Haber warns against musicians being unclear about their art.
“Artists tend to focus on the business side of things too much. If you forget about the spiritual and the passionate side of music, you’ve lost the plot.”
When asked if she had any advice for young artists out there, she simply responded,
“Lie on the grass and just breathe. Be inspired by quiet moments. There’s a difference between someone who’s writing from the heart and artificiality in songwriting. Don’t do it if it’s not who you are because things won’t connect that way. You’ve got to be genuine.”