Te'ara Kai is a native New Yorker where she still resides. She models with Major Model Management, and is also the lead singer of a Rock Band, YJLK (Young Jimmy & Lady Kai).
Te'ara started singing and performing at a very young age. Her influences include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill just to name a few. Her number one influence is her mom :) who is also a singer. Her musical background includes Classical, Jazz, Gospel, R&B/Soul, and Musical Theatre. Some of her most proud moments to date include singing for NY Governor Pataki in 6th grade, for the inauguration of NY Mayor Bloomberg in 2002, singing background with her HS choir for her favorite artist Whitney Houston in 2003, and of course forming her band, YJLK.
Lead guitarist and 2nd vocalist, Christopher Beckwith a.k.a. Young Jimmy, has been a good of Te'ara, a.k.a. Lady Kai, for almost 10 years. They've always shared the same passion for music and dreams of becoming a performing artist. About a year ago Young Jimmy came to her with the idea of starting a band together, with great ideas and a totally different sound (indie pop/party rock). They have played shows all over New York City at popular venues including Uncle Mike's, Don Pedro's, The Delancey, and the list goes on. The goal is to eventually becoming a household name and travel the world playing their music.
Te'ara will periodically post videos of live shows of herself solo and with YJLK, and perhaps even some some sneak peaks at what goes on behind the scenes! Stay tuned to tearakai.com and make sure to give her feedback when you comment on her videos.