The Egyptian singer and songwriter Lara Scandar has a loyal fan base of over 2.4 million followers on Facebook, and counting. 2017 holds promise for the Cairo-born singer, who has been putting in the hours at recording studios in Lebanon and LA with JMR music producer Jean-Marie Riachi. Scandar also filmed her latest music video for the single Chains in Miami, directed by Ray Kay. Ahead of the Egyptian Nike ambassador’s debut album release, Vogue Arabia finds out 14 things you probably didn’t know about the region’s emerging solo artist.
Where do you write your songs?
I write my songs everywhere, but the [place] that most inspires me for some weird reason is on the plane. My songs usually come from an experience. I build up on it with my imagination but the core of it is always an experience.
Favorite fan moment?
I think of little things, like when a fan writes to me and says that they named their daughter after me. I think that’s very touching. Also, the yearly videos they do and the gifts they send on my birthday and the way they always manage to know everything I’m doing even when I try to hide it.
Most emotional song?
Broken Vow by Lara Fabian and To Where You Are by Josh Groban.
Probably makeup. I think that if I [didn’t go into singing] I’d probably be a makeup artist. I learned to do it all on my own.
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