“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
Songwriter and singer Karen Robinson’s life-long passion for roots/folk music, and also for jazz, flow together into interesting songs that cause listeners to compare her work to Joni Mitchell, Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday. While she is equally at home interpreting jazz and folk standards, her original songs shine with unique turns of phrase and melodies that draw audiences in and leave them wanting more. “Karen is one of Atlantic Canada’s most imaginative songwriters.” (Mark Cuming, musician, teacher, concert band arranger)
Career highlights: Five Halifax Jazz Festivals; Toronto’s Hugh’s Room Tribute to Peggy Lee with the amazing Jackie Richardson, Eileen Joyce and Patti Jannetta; 9-piece band Spring Tour to theatres in Nova Scotia; club dates in Rio, Buenos Aires and Ho Chi Minh; Canada Days/Bedford Days annual concerts; Two Apple Blossom Festival Coronation Galas; as vocalist with the Sackville Concert Band and guest vocalist with the Big Valley Swing Orchestra, and as a regular on a world-syndicated CTV music series, Maritime Country. Karen has four other albums, plays drum kit and guitar, and was first to perform Red Coat Laddies – the performance led the RCMP to make it their 125th Anniversary Musical Ride theme song. Karen’s music enjoys repeated airplay on several stations, including CBC and on line.
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. ...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)
“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.