Meet the Staff Monday: Caroline Kamerschen, Development and Communications Intern

Has your background being  from Atlanta, Georgia influenced your musical choice and career aspirations?

Growing up in Atlanta definitely helped shape my appreciation for both soul music and soul food. I fell in love with hip-hop sometime in middle school, and I enjoy it just as much today. I think growing up with Southern roots cultivated a deeper appreciation for the music of what the city that would come to be known as a dominating force in the rap world. Due to being raised in a small town outside of Atlanta, I think the small-town mindset of the people around me was a definitive force in pushing me to pursue bigger dreams. For me, that meant moving across the country without knowing a soul. Moving to Los Angeles has allowed me to grow and have access to opportunities I never could have had where I was from. Atlanta shaped who I am, and has also pushed me into becoming the person I have always wanted to be.


Where have you seen music connecting others to one another? Why did you remember this particular moment?

The most obvious place I view others connecting through music is at festivals and live shows. In particular, I remember attending a famous music festival called Sonar Festival in Barcelona this past summer. There were hundreds of thousands of people there from all over the world, who all spoke different languages. However, despite cultural and language barriers, we were all able to find common ground in our love of the performers. I remember being front row at one of the performances, singing along with the music along with the other people surrounding me. For me, this was a defining moment in proving how powerful live music can be.


What do you hope to accomplish in your time at Music Forward?

In my time at Music Forward, I hope to contribute my passions of writing and music to help positively impact youth around the nation. As humans, I think we have a tendency to separate ourselves based on our differences. But the reality is, we have much more in common than we may think. I think music is a driving force in proving this by its ability to bring people together. And Music Forward, as an organization, makes sure that every person has an equal opportunity to be a part of this musical community. I hope that in my time here, I am able to be a part of helping people of all backgrounds connect through music.


Favorite artist and why?

Nas, because he is a musical genius! His strength as a storyteller combined with his lyrical wit makes for an unbeatable combination.


Favorite genre and why?

If you can’t tell by now, hip-hop. J Of all genres, I think it offers one of the most raw forms of human expression and the human experience. If it is a truly good hip-hop song, I can listen to it a hundred times and get something different out of it every time.