Bri Hall also known as her music alter-ego, La Hara is an R&B songstress that needs to be on your radar! The 24-year-old emerging artist hasn’t had the average come up within the industry. Starting off in the art world as a prestigious graphic designer, the emerging singer amassed a plethora of fans from her artwork, Youtube channel, and 2018 Tedx Talk. With her budding music career, over 700,000 subscribers, and partnerships with some of the worlds most recognizable brands, La Hara is showing no signs of slowing down.
Sighting Sade, Deniece Williams, and Lauryn Hill as major music influences, she is the perfect artist for lover’s of R&B to listen to!
We got a chance to chat with La Hara, about everything from her humanitarian work, her alter-ego origin, and more…
Do you think that your fans being able to connect with you through your content allows them to relate to your music more than the music of a singer-songwriter who only releases music?
I absolutely think that being an influencer allows an additional peak into my life that helps my audience connect with my music! People who have been following me for a long time know that I started as an artist before I was an influencer. To see me actually doing something that I said was my off-camera passion is really inspiring to some of my followers.
Do you think that it’s important for people in similar positions to you to use their platforms to try and encourage positive social change?
Nothing bothers me more than wasted influence. It’s our social duty to our communities to utilize privilege to contribute more to our world. We used to be in a place where celebrities have the only voice. Now, we’re in a place where the everyday person has access to platforms that give them a voice, and what we have to say is important to the next generation.
You recently carried out a humanitarian trip to Ethiopia, and raised $1300 for school supplies and $2000 in prenatal vitamins and infant care. What was it that inspired you to go to Ethiopia in particular?
Being born to a family of immigrants from Jamaica always gave me a sense that there was beauty beyond borders. Africa is a place that I need to see for myself; I hope to visit every country in Africa one day. At a family dinner a friend opened up about some of their work in Ethiopia. It sounded like they needed help on the social media front, and I was more than happy to volunteer my knowledge. Some of the beautiful nonprofits we worked with work so hard for the children and families in Ethiopia, but they fall short in small resources such as prenatal care and infant vitamins, which are huge assets to the children, women, and families in Ethiopia.
You’ve been invited to the BeautyCon pink carpet and the official Hellboy NY movie premiere red carpet recently. How do you find the whole world of red carpet premieres and fashion shows?
I am in love with red carpet premieres and fashion shows. As a little girl I always dashed for the nearest camera, so much so that my mom ended up getting me a Barbie video camera and a Polaroid camera. I love dressing up and being extravagant for a night, because if we’re being honest I am in sweats and a hoodie most of the time on a computer or in a studio.
What made you adopt the alter ego La Hara to release your music under?
I’ve never quite felt that I fit into the beauty influencer mold. I am an artist, but I’m also a black woman from New York and raised just outside of DC in Maryland. Basquiat has been a huge influence in my learning in the arts; La Hara is actually inspired by one of my favorite Basquiat paintings that he used to express what it’s like being not only an artist but a black man in New York. I felt this work represents the duality I feel between who I am online and my personal life.
Are you feeling nervous to be performing your music live for the first time at your upcoming live shows?
I’m so anxious. Growing up I played piano with headphones on, I hummed when no one was looking or listening, and I wrote in my room with the door closed. To be able to perform my music in front of an audience has been one of my biggest fears, but once it’s done I will feel so much more powerful. I want to show my followers that you don’t have to hide your passions from the world.
Who are your biggest influences musically?
I’m a huge fan of Denise Williams. I think her voice is so angelic! I also grew up on the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Honestly I feel like a lot of my musical influence comes from powerful women. Also, in middle school I was all about Hayley Williams from Paramore. I always wanted to have bright vibrant hair colors and perform as courageously as she did. Now, those moments are finally coming.
Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?
That’s such a hard question! I feel like I can’t limit it to just one. I love Lion Babe, Anderson .Paak, and Tierra Whack at the moment. Also, I would love to work with some of my friends Mannywellz, Masego, and Ari Lennox down the road.
What can you tell us about your latest single? ‘Unlawful’ is very much up to interpretation of the listener, but when I wrote it I primarily thought about a love that had to be fought for. Whether that fighting was internally, because that person changed or something changed, or externally, because the world did not approve based on race, religion, gender, or sexuality. We’ve all been at that place in love where we’re ready to fight before we give up on them
Make sure to check out La Hara’s new video for her track Unlawful below!