18-year-old singer-songwriter and actor, Carson Koa has teamed up with us at Canadian Beats to unveil his brand new single, “Breakfast Special” along with a video to accompany the release. The song is the result of a writing collaboration with mentor Lily Frost, along with Rob Joy, Denielle Bassels, and Chris Bartos.
“Breakfast Special” hinges on the clever double meaning of the key chorus line, “She makes my breakfast special.” The production, arrangement, and singing style all charmingly underplay the romantic infatuation of the lyric, about the passionate but unrequited love of a young man for a small-town waitress.
The video for “Breakfast Special,” shot during the pandemic, features Carson performing the song in various rural settings and similarly understates the situation by never revealing the object of the young man’s affection, leaving her as out of reach for the viewer as she is for him.
Check out the video for “Breakfast Special” below, and find out more about Carson via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My full name is Carson Koa Reaume. I’m 18 years old and starting University of Windsor this fall. I’ve been singing since I could talk. I was an anthem singer for hockey games, sang in front of thousand of kids for WEdays, and loved being in a recording studio singing covers. I’ve also been in the entertainment business acting. From kid shows like Annedroids & Odd Squad and the movie The Shack. Great experiences. I was always hoping for a role that I would be able to act and sing. When it comes to music though, that’s where I know it’s my true passion.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
I’m really all over the place. I’m learning more about myself as I write, more of what style I fall into and I’m going to let my music and songs categorize me as they are produced. I like a little bit of everything right now.
How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?
This pandemic affected so many people in so many different ways. I finished my last year and a half of high school online. My parents had to work from home, my sister online school as well. However, I did pick up my guitar frequently and started writing. I didn’t want to write songs about COVID, lockdown, or not being able to see my friends. I just dug deep into feelings and stories and wrote. I really love adding lyrics to my guitar tunes. I also kept myself busy. Besides school, I played golf every chance I could, basketball with my friends, and of course met friends when I was able to. I am still an actor and filmed a Christmas movie that will be out in December which kept me busy this summer.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
I worked with a great team when writing and recording “Breakfast Special.” Right now it’s my only single. But I can’t wait to finish and launch my new originals, and I’m heading to the recording studio soon.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I did a lot of cover songs growing up while working on my own songs. My favourites range from the Tragically Hip, Justin Beiber, Shawn Mendes, Drake, and The Weekend, to Michael Bublé.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.