We had the good fortune of connecting with Harriet Fraser and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Harriet, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My career has gone through many changes, partly geographical, and partly as a response to world events. I was working as a general practitioner (family doctor) in the UK in 2007 when it became clear that our family was going to relocate to the USA for my husband’s work, and armed with two young children we made that move and I could no longer practice as a family doctor. That is when I turned to singing as my career focus, which had been more secondary in the UK. During the pandemic, when my career, which was primarily based on singing with others, whether in a professional choral ensemble or in a film recording session or chamber music, was one of the most risky things to do with a global pandemic raging, I used the need I had to heal (as a doctor) and my need to sing and make music, to launch Harriet Fraser Music, and I started recording music meant to heal, to bring calm and peace into a world filled with anxiety and fear.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As I mentioned in the first question, I came from a career in medicine in the UK, and so my music/my brand, is all about creating music that is in some way therapeutic. This was initially my response to the pandemic, a way that I could connect my music to people who were suffering, who were fearful and sad, and help them find some calm and peace in their life even for a few moments. I had never recorded at home before the pandemic, so setting up a home studio, makeshift as it was, and learning the technicalities of recording at home and producing something that my mixer could work with was a huge learning curve, and that continues today! It was a huge challenge particularly changing careers so drastically with a move across continents.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The main attractions I take people to when they visit-of course the beach-Santa Monica beach is pretty amazing, Its width and expanse, with the iconic pier and lifeguard stations. I do love the Back on the Beach cafe/lunch spot. There are so few cafes on the beach, but I generally start with a cycle or walk to the beach and visit to this cafe to start things off. I love the museums of LA, LACMA always has a fantastic exhibit and I love to take people downtown, the Broad Museum, Disney Hall for the architecture and a concert if possible, amazing eateries, and a trip to the flower market also. Downtown is a treasure trove! I love to take people on my favorite hike at Will Rogers State Park, you get such an amazing sense of the expanse of ocean and the mountains.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It would have to be my family. We became particularly close during the pandemic and they supported me every step of the way through the birth of Harriet Fraser Music and my first album. Of course Shawn Kirchner, the wonderful composer and arranger or all the songs on the album, and Dana Nielsen who mixed and mastered the album, deserve a huge shout out, and my most significant singing teacher and collaborative pianist William Hancox, a masterful teacher who really got to the core of learning.

Website: www.harrietfraser.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harrietfrasermusic/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100067996059742

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaCLDOZT_8Q-2e3M9IDj-5w

Image Credits
Nicola Buck

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