“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 2014
Robinsong Music and Entertainment
As a songwriter and singer, Karen Robinson's life-long passion for roots music and for jazz flow together so that listeners compare her to Joni Mitchell, Peggy Lee, and Billie Holiday - but she and her original songs remain unique.
Career Highlights: TD Halifax Jazz Festivals 2015 and 2014 with 9-piece Karen Robinson Band and trio; 2016, Toronto’s Hugh’s Room with the amazing Jackie Richardson, Eileen Joyce and Patti Jannetta; 2015, 9-piece band Spring Tour to theatres in Nova Scotia; tour dates in Rio and Buenos Aires; Apple Blossom Festival Coronation Gala; JazzEast’s Jazz Up Your Spring Series; repeated CBC Radio and CTV airplay; CD Release at Halifax’s Carleton; Stayner's Wharf monthly show; The Press Gang’s Art of the Duo, 2011, 2012 and 2013 guest vocalist with the Big Valley Swing Orchestra; weekly performer on world-syndicated TV show; Karen has three other albums, plays drum kit, and was first to perform Red Coat Laddies - a performance that led the RCMP to make it their 125th anniversary Musical Ride theme song.
Her album of original music, 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 with some of its finest players giving shape to her original songs about love, loss, and finding the strength to soar when fate tries to drag you down. Produced and arranged by horn man Mike Cowie, the disc doesn’t overshadow Robinson’s warm alto tone, whether reflective on Cats and Crows, playful on She’s a Keeper or fierce in Cold Anger On. The range of expression is vast, the songs are rich and complex, and Robinson is direct and always present in the moment.”
(Stephen Cooke, Arts reporter, Chronicle Herald, NS)
“Karen has a great voice, an expressive voice. She feels the lyrics, and is an amazing writer too. 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)
“This CD you will want to really listen to. This is not background music. Karen uses all the subtleties and nuances of her great voice to tell the story.” (Chris Sweet of Peak Audio, Halifax) Peak audio uses this album to demonstrate 70 thousand dollar sound systems.
“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 writes and delivers music to be remembered whether it is a house concert for twenty people or a show for thousands. Karen has been embraced by the professional music community as she blossomed into her dream of performer and song writer after a life that took her through an award-winning non-music career, fighting a life-changing illness, and raising a family. “I am so very grateful for what I am doing now – for every song I sing, for every song I write.”
Karen qualifies for the Bringin' It Home funding program through Music Nova Scotia.