Kara Elyse is an American Pop-Soul, R&B recording artist and performer, a published photographer and journalist, model and entrepreneur.

Through her work and lifestyle she aims to serve and inspire women to unapologetically chase their dreams; to passionately pursue and live in purpose.

Though currently based in Texas’ capital where she is a photography and digital media student at the University of Texas at Austin, she was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and takes pride in her Midwestern roots.

Having been described by peers and collaborators as a “multi-talented, multi-faceted” individual, the below are highlights of her current endeavors.


Although stylistically bringing nostalgia-tapping ’90’s R&B feels, she also brings a tonation, delivery and energy that is all her own, making her sound a most refreshing reprieve in this new-age of music. Her first official single “Take Control”,  released in spring 2018, is an urban take on the classic tale of boy meets girl. With mellow grooves laced on top of a mild tempo, this introductory track successfully blends soaring melodies — synonymous with ‘classic R&B’— with playfully delivered lines, indicative of now prevalent, more contemporary flavors. Updates and new music available here.

Photo + Journalism

KE’s work, written and photographic, has appeared in various publications, including Ms. Magazine, Reporting Texas, KUT and the San Marcos Record. Her journalistic mission: to capture the humanity of whatever moment she finds herself in; the beauty of places she’s fortunate enough to see; and, to convey the stories of those members of marginalized members of society whose voices, talents and narratives have, historically, been ignored let alone validated. Head over to her portfolio.


Having always considered herself a “global citizen,” Kara Elyse has been passionate about travel and adventure-seeking from a young age. Inspired by persistent wanderlust-related inquiries from countless friends, family and followers of her other creative pursuits, she launched thatchickfromohio; a travel blog and guide to adventuring “boojee on a budget.” Though a platform designed generally inspire millennials of color to venture beyond , the specific focus is to both create dialogue and evoke change around stereotypes commonly associated with individuals from the Midwest or small towns. In short, there is more to us than cornfields, cows and LeBron James (no shade because he’s a king)— topics that too often become the center of conversations. Learn more about TCFO here


As a model, KE has collaborated with several brands including, but not limited to: Trove, Fanm Djanm, Strides by miyanna, Icon’s Closet, Mutual Feelings, Suavs Shoes.

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