Jaz Karis Drops Off New EP ‘Dear Jaz’

Joe Simpson

By Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson

17 Nov 2022

South London songstress Jaz Karis has released her new EP, ‘Dear Jaz’ a
self-reflective open letter to her past and future self. Spanning over 7 songs, 3 unreleased as well as her most recent single ‘Side Of You’, ‘Dear Jaz’ follows her chronicles over the past few years as she experiences the trials and tribulations of love and heartbreak, coming full circle and ending on her poetic single, ‘Home’.

The lead single ‘Come Outside’ is Jaz’s personal favourite on the project and with Fred Cox on production, it is sure to go the distance. With hair-raising vocals and anthemic beats, the song is about her letting go of guilt and her old self, and entering this new exciting chapter in her life.

Drenched in nostalgia, the title track ‘Dear Jaz’ was a cathartic experience for the singer as she has an honest conversation with her own conscience. She refers fondly to her therapist and how she’s learnt not to be so hard on herself and leave old relationships in the past. ‘Complicated’ came quickly
and naturally to Jaz, written in one session the song has a raw, cheeky feel to it that feels like an improvised scat.

The 25-year-old singer grew up in church choirs and performing was within her from as young as 7 years old when she began playing the piano and singing for anyone who would listen. Her parents would play Gospel, Soca and Soul around the house which ignited Jaz’s love for music and the rest is
history. From a St Lucian and Maltese background, Jaz is incredibly proud of her dual heritage, although she felt torn between the two and not entirely accepted by either side, something that continues to show up in adulthood. Jaz looks back on her youth and is thankful for the lessons she
learned, both good and bad and between her primary school talent shows to Brit School productions, they’ve moulded her into the woman she is today.

A full circle moment occurred last year when she recorded ‘U Got Me’ with Reuben James at the same studio, confirming that she is exactly where she’s supposed to be. There is still so much to learn about the rising musician, Jaz has a huge love for all things nostalgic from D’Angelo and SWV to Enid Blyton and Jacqueline Wilson, she has a particular passion for fiction and sees life through the lens of a young girl fixated with fairy tale endings.