13413702_10206468915710289_7153715442667101119_n-2Karlea Lynne is an 18 year old jazz artist who recently graduated from Howard W. Blake High School of the Arts. Her talent has been featured at many events sponsored and/or hosted by the City of Tampa and the NAACP including the “Lakeland Holiday” at the “Tampa and Wesley Chapel Jazz Festivals”. She also participated in the NAACP “Act-So National” competition in Philadelphia, PA – where she showcased both her jazz and operatic style – and placed 2nd at the “International Sarah Vaughan” competition.

This year, Karlea had the honor of being selected to perform with the Florida Music Education Association all state high school and collegiate jazz bands. She was also one of 10 vocalists selected for the “Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival” where she placed 1st and she also performed with the “Greg Hopkins Berklee Jazz Orchestra”. Karlea was also selected as an award winner for the National Young Arts Foundation.

Karlea is still making great strides. She is currently attending Berklee College of Music and was recently chosen as one of 5 vocalists for Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Program.

Words of advice from Karlea… “My biggest piece of advice to a high school student is to be the best that you can be and then some. Don’t compete with others. Learn to compete with yourself and that will take you further than worrying about what the next person is doing! At the end of the day, your success is not measured by how you compare to someone else, but by what you did with your spare time, how you reacted to your mistakes, and how hard you worked for yourself!”