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Welcome to Karen Robinson's music website
As a songwriter and singer, Karen's life-long passion for roots music and for jazz flow together in a way that has listeners comparing her to Joni Mitchell, Peggy Lee, and Billie Holiday - but she and her original songs remain unique.
Karen is joined by highly acclaimed musicians in her 9-piece Karen Robinson Band, the Karen Robinson Trio, and duos with piano or guitar.
“Karen has a beautiful voice with a vintage sound and organic charm. Jazz folk at its finest.” (Scott Ferguson, Music Producer /Musician)
Her second album of original music, called “Karen Robinson With” received a Jazz Album of the Year nomination from Music Nova Scotia, and was Chronicle Herald Arts Reporter Stephen Cooke’s Pick of the Week, “The range of expression is vast; the songs are rich and complex..."
“Where did she come from? Why haven’t we heard her before?” (George Doxas, musician and sound engineer, La Boutique du Son studios, Montreal)
Her career has included festivals, stages in North and South America, and a world-syndicated CTV music series. Karen has three other albums, plays drum kit and guitar, and delivers music to be remembered whether it is a house concert for twenty people or a show for thousands.
See/hear songs and videos using the music tab at the top of this page. Here is a song sample:
A message from Karen
I am back in the recording studio! We have been relatively safe here in Nova Scotia during the pandemic, but it was a good opportunity to work on a new album. Well....it looks like two albums! The first I expect to release in the summer and the second in the fall, if all goes well.
I am grateful to be working with such wonderful musicians and friends, Dave Staples, Larry Bjornson and David Burton, as we arrange and record the songs together. I think we laugh as much as we work. (Teaser: look for the pig duet in the fall album.)
I released two singles since I last wrote. A fun Hallowe'en song and a Christmas song. Both are available on this website. October 31st is finding its place in drama and music classrooms in Halifax schools, maybe others.
I am so pleased that my song, "Delay is Not an Option" found its place among those helping refugees. Groups in Canada and the US used it for their fundraising. We humans have such an awful history of intolerance and cruelty, but out of that often comes great compassion from others. The song's performance is as raw as the subject it is written about. Powerful, not pretty. Not perfected.
Choir director Paul Simons wrote choir charts for “Roof of My Car”. Hearing The North Street Singers of Halifax sing it was great! Let me know if you are looking for choir charts.
To join my email list to find out where I am playing next, to book a concert, or to buy a CD, use the contact form. Or Facebook at www.facebook.com/KarenRobinsonMusic
All the best to you,