Not too long ago, Vero Faye was running a shoe and accessory empire IVY KIRZHNER NEW YORK and worked with entertainment’s biggest A-listers including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Kesha, Lily Collins, Cassie, Jamie Chung and Tori Kelly.
Now, Faye is focusing on a new project — music. Going by the stage name CZARINA, Faye’s music resembles her notoriously unapologetic rock-and-roll persona. The first single, “Silence & Surrender” is a neon-hued 80s inspired track that is a true reflection of her progressive, modern mindset and spirit.
“[Silence & Surrender] talks about letting go of control, surrendering, free-falling and dismantling the layers of protective armor to allow faith and trust to penetrate,” CZARINA explains.
Celeb Secrets sat down with the shoe designer turned singer recently to get the scoop on who she really is. Take a listen to “Silence & Surrender” and learn more about Vero with 5 secrets about her below!
1. CZARINA was actually going to be a band first before I took the project solo. I was trying to regroup with members of my former progressive metal band, AIKOSTAR. But when I started to write the songs and the music, I felt the songs were too personal. I decided to take the project solo so I could keep it true to my personal form and vision. Nonetheless, I still love playing and performing with a band.
2. When asked who CZARINA is, I tell them I’m David Bowie and Siouxie Sioux’s secret love child. Trent Reznor’s baby sister. For real.
3. Prince and I share the same birthday, June 7th. Which explains the same love for glam and flair, substantiated by the passion for music, performance and writing… and being polynymous.
4. I was going thru a series of massive breakups and changes when I first wrote “Silence & Surrender.” For a very long time, I had a successful company, career and relationship. I was very much used to being in control. Then suddenly everything changed. My life was forced to go towards a totally different direction. Tho it might seem that I had everything at one point, I failed to be honest with myself and there was this sudden urge to change. That’s when I realized the power of surrendering. As the saying goes, everything you ever truly wanted is on the other side of fear.
5. The original version of “Silence & Surrender” had a pre-chorus section which was one of my absolute favorite parts and I was obsessed with it. But it added another 24 seconds to the song which made it so long and too epic. When I handed the song to Joe Peretore to lead production, he convinced me to edit it out. I wept that evening. But ultimately decided that I have to be a big girl if I want to be good.