La Jolla native and singer-songwriter Kara Connolly is releasing her debut album prior to her performance at the San Diego County Fair.
The 27-year-old born and raised in La Jolla is returning to hit the stage at the fair at 2 p.m. June 1 to perform her new coming-of-age anthem “Let Me Go.” The song, which is about being true to yourself despite what others might think, will be on her upcoming album “Life in the Rear View,” which debuts May 17. The La Jolla Village News recently chatted with Connolly about her new music and what it’ll be like to perform at an event that was a big part of her childhood.
What inspired your new song, “Let Me Go?”
“I write a lot from personal experience, but this song was actually inspired by a friend of mine because I felt like his parents weren't accepting of who he was and weren't allowing him to grow into the person that he was becoming and wanted to be. He was afraid to be himself and as a result, they were not as close because the parents were pulling even tighter.
There was kind of this co-dependent dance going on so to speak and I was inspired to write about that. And for me, it really goes out to anybody that feels the need to break free of a habit, a pattern a person or anything that’s really holding them back. The core message is that you’re really allowed and love who you love and not feel sorry about it."
How does this song relate to your upcoming album?
“The album really is a journey about letting go of what no longer serves you; the people, the places, the environment that no longer serve you and your growth. I think in order to do that you have to really learn who you are. You have to embrace the vulnerability you have to acknowledge your self-worth.
And I think that that song plays a little piece in the puzzle of that. Letting go of things that you don't need to necessarily hold on to anymore in order to be freer and more of who you are and to find more love and more joy and more happiness. And that really is the overall overarching message of the album."
Do you personally feel like you’ve been on that journey of self-growth?
“One-hundred percent. The album is called ‘Life in the Rear View” because all the songs are about the journey of growing as a person and learning from lessons. All of these songs are lessons that I had to learn myself, especially in my early 20s which is when I wrote a lot of this. This was a time where I felt like I had to either let go or be dragged.
I was clinging so tightly to everything and I can have a hard time letting go of anybody or anything that I've really really truly loved so it was painful and hard for me. But I started to realize my self-worth and realized that I didn't have to settle for less. It gave me the strength to then let go. Even though I knew that they were going to be some bumps along the way, I knew that on the other side of that was that that freedom and the true real love that I was looking for.”
Have you performed at the San Diego County Fair before?
“No! But funny story, my little brother [Kyle Connolly] actually has performed at the fair. When he was in sixth-grade, he was in a band called Code Red that performed at the House of Blues and at the fair, all these really cool venues throughout Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. So I remember going to see him at the fair and I was like ‘How is my little brother up here performing?’ But his band was really great.
What other memories do you have at the fair?
"I grew up going to the Del Mar Fair. I grew up in San Diego so all my friends and I would go to the fair over the summer. We'd go on all the rides and taste test all the food and eat the fried Oreos. I have so many memories of the fair. I'm really excited to be performing in San Diego because it is my hometown, and I know that my family members and my friends all really love the Del Mar Fair.
I hope that people I grew up with will come out because I haven't seen them in so many years, and I think it'll be a cool homecoming show.”
For more information about Kara Connolly’s new album visit karaconnolly.com. For more information about her performance and others at the San Diego County Fair, visit sdfair.com.