*“I was not living my full potential, said Karima Trotter (Virtue) about coming out with a new solo single “Redeemer” (Dare Records), even though she had a very successful and lucrative career in retail and home furnishing design. “You get comfortable doing the same thing. I didn’t feel satisfied, there was still an emptiness…I said this can’t be it. So I asked God to open a door for me to do my music again. I reached out to a writing partner in Atlanta…to put some kind of music out, create cute videos with my pictures.”
Well God answered Karima because doors started opening up. Her single “Redeemer,” produced by Aaron Lindsey, reached #5 shortly after its release on Billboard’s “Gospel Radio Chart.” She also recorded and released for the holidays “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “This Christmas,” and “My Favorite Things.”
Her first solo single after co-founding the Contemporary Christian group Virtue was in 2009 titled “Just Karima.” Virtue’s debut release was in 1997 and they went on to record and release seven projects. They initially signed with Verity Records in 1997 then signed a production deal with Fred Jerkin’s Dark Child Gospel in 2004. Their “Testimony” (Darkchild Gospel) album in 2006 received a Grammy nomination. The trio Virtue, with Karima as lead singer, also received Stellar and Dove Award wins. The other members are Ebony Holland and Heather Martin. Currently the New Orleans native Karima is signed to DARE Records via Michael-Anthony Taylor.
“God wanted me to pay attention to everything…I said God I need a label…I want what they have. I kept praying and kid you not; I had a DM (direct message) from the CEO of that same label. He never heard it (the ‘Redeemer’) but come find-out I’d worked with him with Virtue. He said, ‘I was literary drown to your (social media) page.’ It happened by just believing. He (God) believes in me.’”
One of six siblings Karima is also a Chef and entrepreneur with a food service business. She is a graduate of Oakwood College, a historically black college in Alabama.
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 23rd year. Next events are coming to Baltimore Saturday April 16, 2022 presented by Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times, and Los Angeles Saturday, November 5, 2022 via Zoom. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference offering a Professional Industry Panel Q&A Session, a Professional Talent Showcase and National Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $16,000 valued in prizes/product/services. You can log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information, or to RSVP, for Zoom Access. [email protected]