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Karis Lee on Releasing Her New Single in Quarantine

The singer and songwriter from Texas shines in her newest single, "2 PM." This song will give you LIFE.


"The gift of quarantine has definitely been time," said the 24-year-old musician. "Life moves so fast, and there are a million things to do, but in quarantine, I've had the time to breathe and re-center."


Social distancing did only give the singer an opportunity to take a step back, but it also inspired her to release her newest single, "2 pm." While music has always been a part of her life, Karis was hesitant to debut as a solo artist.


Nerves. Doubt. Hesitation. These were a few of the things that kept her from releasing "2 pm," which she finished nearly a year ago.


"Quarantine forced me to take the time to develop the song, and the strategy behind it. In a good way, everything came together," said Karis.

The song comes from a place of frustration, but also love. Funnily enough, Karis recalls writing it at 2 am in her bedroom in Malaysia. The song romanticizes the idea of a 2 pm person, one who's more than just a late-night text. While our generation is so ingrained in hook-up culture, Karis believes that this song will resonate with a lot of people who are looking for deeper connections. After listening to the song on repeat for this past week, I couldn't agree more with her.


"It's sort of an anthem for young people in love, and I think it will resonate with a lot of people," she said.


Karis Lee's path into music was born during her early piano lessons. As a songwriter, most of her songs begin with the music instead of the lyrics. Sometimes, people will send her beats that will inspire her. Other times, a word will come to mind and she'll quickly write it in the no