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Karen Lynne


Todd Tally


Multi-Award Winning Singer Songwriter

Growing up in a large family, raised on family singalongs and playing a homemade guitar, Karen's love of music has always been an integral part of her life. Her understanding that dreams come true only with hard work, dedication and determination, has led Karen to a successful and rewarding professional career. Karen's music comes directly from the heart, speaking about love, Australia and it's people. There is a special, haunting quality in Karen's voice and this is combined with a mixture of great songs including her own original compositions and collaborations with some leading writers such as Heather Field and Pat Drummond and Mark Selby (USA).

As a soloist, Karen performs predominantly Country and Australian Folk music accompanying herself on the twelve-string guitar with midi files (where applicable). Her versatility extends to various duo formats; Traditional "old time" and country music with keyboards/singer Barry Thompson, and with other talented male singers for a variety of Country/ Country Rock/ Contemporary covers from the 50s to the 90s. She also works with Sydney's best bluegrass band "Acoustic Shock".

Karen has previously spent time songwriting in Nashville, Tennessee, both prior to and since the release of her startling debut CD, "Labour of Love", an impressive blend of traditional and contemporary country, Australian Folk and Bluegrass styles. The album features 3 of Karen's original compositions and also includes a haunting version of Henry Lawson's poem "Water Lilly" and an exceptional version of Enda Kenny's "Colours Of Australia".

In 1999 Karen entered into an exciting new partnership with noted Australian Singer/Songwriter, Pat Drummond. This show now features songs from Pat & Karen's highly acclaimed Duet Album "Six Days in December", released in January 2000 at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Tracks from this album, including the first single "The Rush" have already been featured nationally on ABC radio and ten of the eleven songs have been penned by Pat and Karen. The debut single "The Rush", notched up an impressive record already with wins in three categories of the Qld Songwriting Competition - "General Country", "Best Contemporary Song" and "Overall Best Contemporary Song". In January 2000 it also reached the Grand Finals of the TSA National Country Songwriting Competition, and then took out the Award for "Contemporary Country Song of the year" in the 2001 Songwriter Salute Awards.

Karen's achievements include: Top 5 Finalist "New Talent" and Top 10 Nominations for "Vocal Collaboration" (with Pat Drummond) & "APRA Song of the Year" in the 1999 & 2001 Australian Country Music "Golden Guitar" Awards and Top 4 Grand Finalist in the "Album of the Year" Category and Top 4 Grand finalist in both the 1999 & 2000 "Female Rising Star" Category in the Mildura Independent Country Music Awards. One track from her album also picked up a Top 5 Finalist in the "Stan Coster Heritage" Category of the 1999 "TIARA (Independent Recording) Awards". The year 2000 however proving to be more successful with 4 Finalist nominations in the "Duo", "Songwriting", "Heritage" & "Female Vocal" Categories of the 2001 Tiara Awards.

So, impressed with her talent, UK Promoter - Alan Cackett invited her to tour the UK for a number of weeks in October/November 1999 which she did to rave reviews! This followed her success in July 1999 when she was the first Australian to enter the Top 10 of the Nashville "International Country Music Association" - Non Major Label Chart (at the same time she also made it to No. 28 in the mixed Major/Non Major Label chart). Karen has once again spent a number of weeks songwriting in Nashville, Tennessee, this time with a number of very well known Nashville writers including Mark Selby ("There's Your Trouble" - as performed by the Dixie Chicks).

Karen has also been a Grand finalist in the prestigious Tamworth Festival "Starmaker" quest, and has won the "Tamworth Songwriters National Songwriting Competition" with the song "Grandma Used to Say" (Co-written with Heather Field and James Gillard and featured on the ABC compilation album "Open Road Two - Unexplored Country"). Other songwriting credits include a third placing in the 1998 Tasmanian TSA Songwriting Competition for "Country Home" (co-written with Michael King and Becky Lynn), Finalist positions in the "Spectacular Progress" and "Most Popular Female" Categories in the Spirit of Tamworth Association, Independent Artists Country Music Awards and a number of Capital Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards for performance including twice "Female Vocalist", twice "Best Performance of an Australian Composition", and "Best Band" (with her former band Shades of Grey), and a number of appearances at various Australian and British Country and Folk Music Festivals.

Following her success in the Australian Country Music Awards Karen's performance of her debut single "Half the Moon" has been featured on EMI's "Winners 7" compilation featuring Australian Country Music Awards winners & finalists. Her performance of acclaimed Australian Folk Singer/songwriter, Enda Kenny's song "Colours of Australia" is featured on the National Folk Festival's CD and her version of Pat Drummonds "Song of the Quilt" features on the Illawarra Folk Festivals CD.

Changes - 2006

A stunning Australian "Bluegrass & Acoustic" album which will absolutely delight listeners and expand Karen's fan base enormously. From the gentleness and acoustic sweetness of the opening ballad "We Should Only Have Time for Love", to the power and strength of the opposing up tempo traditional bluegrass tracks such as "Jealous", to the traditional acoustic and almost folky feel of Phil Ochs' "Changes", you know that this album is very different and there is something very special happening here.

Produced by Rod McCormack & Herm Kovac, it is a much more contemporary bluegrass album than her previous straight traditional bluegrass album "Blue Mountain Rain". This project ventures much deeper into the realms of the sound we expect and love from the more contemporary bluegrass artists - such as Alison Krauss, who have constantly pushed the boundaries of traditional bluegrass in recent years. There are 13 tracks and a bonus track, comprising a good balance of tempos from sweet acoustic ballads to strong up tempo traditional bluegrass songs and as usual, it contains a couple of songs from Karenšs own hand. Both originals are co-writes, this time with previous collaborator Heather Field and also with Richard Porteous.

It is beautifully packaged and combines exceptional production along with Australia's 'A Team' of Bluegrass pickers - Ian Simpson (banjo), Mick Albeck (Fiddle), James Gillard (Double Bass), Trev Warner (Mandolin) and Rod McCormack (Guitar) and it is also the first ever collaborative project from two of Australia's best producers - Rod McCormack & Herm Kovac






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