“With a velvety voice and a distinct delivery, Halifax songstress Karen Robinson delivers jazz standards and evocative originals with a true sense of musicianship”
— TD Halifax Jazz Festival program
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Robinsong Music and Entertainment
Songwriter and singer Karen Robinson’s life-long passion for roots/folk music and also for jazz makes her equally at home interpreting jazz and folk standards. That mix flows into her interesting original songs that shine with unique turns of phrase and melodies that draw audiences in. “Karen is one of Atlantic Canada’s most imaginative songwriters.” (Mark Cuming, musician, teacher, concert band arranger)
"The End of Time" a song from Karen's recent album, "When We're Together", has won Best Jazz Song in the World Songwriting Awards, spring 2022. “A Song for Mississippi John Hurt” was a top-ten finalist in the World Songwriting Awards’ spring 2021 Blues category, "Feather and Bone" top-ten in their summer 2021 best jazz song, and “Gamecock and His Hen” top-ten in the jazz category fall 2021. “October 31st" was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Contest (ISC) children’s music category 2021.
"When We're Together", her fifth album, features her original songs arranged and played, as always, by outstanding musicians. The core band is Larry Bjornson on bass, Dave Staples on keyboard, and David Burton on drums. Chris Mitchell and Holly Arsenault joined on several songs, along with Danny Martin, Gina Burgess, JP Cormier, John Campbelljohn, Marie-Neige Dupuis-Carbonneau, and Hamish Gordon. The recording engineer is Scott Ferguson of FMP Matrix.
Her previous album, "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: “Karen Robinson With is like a love letter to the Maritime jazz scene … The range of expression is vast, the songs are rich and complex...” (Stephen Cooke, Arts reporter, Chronicle Herald, NS)
Recent highlights: Karen’s hour-long special featuring videos from her “When We’re Together” album was featured on Eastlink TV and is streaming on demand since; six-time performer TD Halifax Jazz Festival; Annual Canada Day/Bedford Days concerts; 9-piece band NS theatres Spring Tour; Vocalist, Sackville Concert band; Toronto’s Hugh’s Room “Tribute to Peggy Lee” with the amazing Jackie Richardson, Eileen Joyce and Patti Jannetta; club dates in Rio, Buenos Aires and Ho Chi Minh; CD Release, Halifax’s Carleton; Two Apple Blossom Festival Coronation Galas; JazzEast’s Jazz Up Your Spring Series; repeated CBC Radio and CTV airplay; Stayner's Wharf monthly show; The Press Gang’s Art of the Duo; Rose and Kettle Concert Series; The Marigold Theatre; guest vocalist, the Big Valley Swing Orchestra. She has released five albums. “Karen has a rare talent to straddle challenging styles to find the sweet spot between theatrical expression and classic jazz.” (Scott Ferguson, FMP Matrix Studio)
"Karen has a great voice - an expressive voice. She feels the lyrics, and is an amazing writer. Karen is one of the most intrinsically musical people I have ever worked with." (Janice Jackson, Soprano, Contemporary Music Specialist, Producer, Vocal Instructor)
“Great music, engaging songs, fab arrangements, outstanding visual aspects, fabulous show, fabulous!”
(Al Rosen, Director of the Marigold Theatre, Truro)
“Karen's music is unique and the lyrics thought-provoking. There is laughter and there are tears. Compare her vocal delivery to Billie Holiday…very real and moving. Karen is the real deal.”
(Mike Cowie, Musician, Producer, Halifax)
Karen’s musical career has been intertwined with an award-winning non-music career as an environmental health professional and with raising a family.
Video links to live performances:
30-second promo for Release Concert for “When We’re Together” https://youtu.be/wMeVihMsYS8
Feather and Bone: https://youtu.be/2asSeaC8BuI
She’s a Keeper on the TD Halifax Jazz Festival main stage: http://youtu.be/rIH2Tr1IqZg
Tadpole Blues at the Rose and Kettle Concert Series: http://youtu.be/YFJc-OYNIew
And just for fun, the costume malfunction at the Al Whittle Theatre: http://youtu.be/xcekPgKG0wg
Karen qualifies for the Bringin' It Home funding program through Music Nova Scotia.