Karen has always written songs, although it was while working as a portrait artist that Gary Kemp and Jess Bailey from Spandau Ballet encouraged her to spend some time in the studio and to focus on her music. They, like many others, loved the heartfelt honesty and sincerity of her lyrics, which are warm and can always be related to. Karen writes with great humour, mostly about her adventures with the men she has met and what it is to be a woman today.
In 2007 Karen toured with Take That at Britain’s largest arena, the O2. She worked in the studio with Yoad Nevo, (producer to Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Jem) and Stephen Lironi, (Jon Bon Jovi, Hanson).
Looking for a different way to bring her songs to the world, Karen went to New York in 2009 to develop a musical, Therapy Rocks. Therapy Rocks was staged at the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival. The run was sold out and then extended, and the female lead, Rachel Stern, won Festival Best Actress Award for her role in the production. The musical was directed by Thomas Caruso with Boko Suzuki as Music Director (Rent, Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera).
Karen has recently been recording some new material in London with producers Charlie Russell and Brad Spence. Her musical Therapy Rocks has changed title to “Single” and will be performed off Broadway in New York in Spring 2015.