FAIRFIELD — Karissa Lee is a teen on a mission.
Her dream is to become a recording star like her favorite performer, Carrie Underwood.
“I have followed her since ‘American Idol,’ ” Karissa said of Underwood. “I haven’t met her, but I’ve been to all of her concerts (in the area).”
The 13-year-old Sacramento resident plays guitar, sings, acts and dances. She’s also known for her leopard print and pink fashions and her mix-matched socks.
Karissa began dancing when she was 7 under the tutelage of her aunt. Today, she competes with the Dance Elite All-Stars in Rocklin.
About the same time she began dance classes, Karissa got involved in community theater. Last month, she was featured in the Sacramento Music Circus production of “The King and I.”
On Sept. 29, she makes her Solano County debut at Candy Palooza at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center.
Those at the event will hear her perform country songs, including some classics. She will accompany herself on the acoustic guitar.
Festivalgoers may also hear Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.”
“My voice is really appropriate for that song,” she said.
Karissa tours all over California. In October, she’ll play in Fresno and Anaheim. The high school freshman is enrolled in online classes, freeing up her schedule for travel.
She dreams of going to Nashville and getting a record deal.
“I really enjoy playing my guitar and sharing music with other people,” she said. “Hopefully, my music (career) will take off.”
Her first two singles, “Our Summer” and “Over You,” can be heard on her website.
She donates a portion of her sales to cancer research. Two years ago, her father was diagnosed with Stage 4 lymphoma. He’s now in remission.
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