In a previous life June Caravel was called T-ka, taking inspiration from the forehead mark worn by Hindu Indians (no, not the UK's favourite spicy dish!). She composed mellow and soul piano tunes and vocals, performed on stages as diverse as Paris, Seoul and New-York, played at renowned festivals such as "Enghien Jazz Festival", "Solidays", "Muzik'elles" and even opened for world-class artists such as Maceo Parker, Tower of Power, Malia and Robin Thicke.
In 2007 thanks to Sellaband and 684 generous believers from all over the world she raised $50,000 and recorded her first real album And maybe a tree will rise out of me...
in Weed, California. The soul-pop record was produced by Sylvia Massy (Prince, Skunk Anansie) and supported by a crowd of hugely talented musicians: guitarist Jeff Pevar (Ray Charles, Crosby Stills & Nash), drummer Stevie D (David Gilmour, Crosby Stills & Nash), bassist Tibo Barbillon (Nouvelle Vague) and horn-player Bill Holloman (Nile Rodgers, Diana Ross). Las Vegas rappers "Ambytionz Chyldren" also featured on the track "Terror". In 2011 after seeing Bobby McFerrin & Richard Bona live, T-ka discovered the limitless possibilities offered by the human voice and decided to give up traditional compositions for A Cappella singing. It was a revelation. She started experimenting new songs with her unique three and half octave voice range and her loop pedal and soon became June Caravel.
An incredibly very down-to-earth, creative and fiercely independent busy bee, June Caravel loves to constantly explore new avenues such as drama, bass playing, screenwriting, rock-and-roll dancing, to name just a few. She feeds these inspirations into her songs along with her music heroes Prince, Maxwell and Tori Amos.
To promote her second album The A Cappella Sessions
, June literally went to the other side of the world. She had only busked about an hour in total in London before she decided to go Busking in Australia
. June's goal: only survive off donations that people give her in the street while singing. Not only did she survive this way 2 months but she also filmed it and produced a mini online series
After that experience, June went back to good old Europe and based herself in Hanover, Germany. In February 2013 she won the city prize "Kre(h)tiv" and around the same time started exploring yet another way to do concerts by performing in the homes of guests and fans between Germany and The Netherlands.
June moved back to Paris in October 2014 and is now coming back to her dancing roots. She's been a rock'n'roll dancer since she's 12 and even was a French acrobatic rock champion at 15. Thanks to 116 Kissbankers, she gathered 15,000 euros to record her third rock'n'roll album, "Boogie-Woogie Style" which which was released on all digital platforms on October 12th, 2016.