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About Karen

A talented, fun and highly sought after vocalist and tribute artist, with songs for all occasions. Classical crossover duo available.
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Southsea
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A fabulous cabaret singer with songs for all occasions. Perfect for easy listening evenings, drinks receptions or an upbeat celebration of any type. Karen has a great knack for judging her audience and pulling a great tune out of the bag. Now one half of classical crossover duo Tesoro (more info through separate Encore listing - PERFECT for any function) Karen has green screen equipment for virtual gigs and can also make singing telegrams for special occasions and events. Whether your celebration is an upbeat party or just a low key gathering, Karen will make it a night to remember. Karen travels throughout the UK with a brand new Alto Trouper sound system which can fit into the smallest wine bar (one speaker) or a large hall/restaurant (two speakers and base bin). 21years in the business has seen Karen travel the world, performing in some of the most incredible venues and settings. Karen has sung BV's for rock legends Foreigner and supported classical trio Blake as well as performed at countless weddings, parties, festivals and social nights.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Covers, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Easy listening, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Motown, Disco, Funk, Soul, Tribute, Rock 'n' Roll, Pop rock, Christmas, Classical, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Jazz, Cabaret, Light music, Vintage, Rock, Classic rock, French music, Italian music, Spanish music, Country
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Church service, Concert
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Other skills:
Actor, Musical comedy, MC
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Song list

Upbeat/Party Tunes:
Car Wash - Rose Royce
We are Family - Sister Sledge
Love Really Hurts Without You - Billy Ocean
Red Light Spells Danger - Billy Ocean
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys
Man! I Feel Like a Woman - Shania Twain
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Mamma Mia - ABBA
Waterloo - ABBA
Gimme Gimme Gimme - ABBA
Rock Around the Clock - Billy Hayley & his Comets
Runaround Sue - Dion
Little Biddy Pretty One
Do You Love Me - Blues Brothers version
Shake a Tail Feather - Ray Charles & Blues Brothers
Steamy Windows - Tina Turner
Proud Mary Tina Turner (Elvis Presley Version)
Right Back to Where we Started From - Maxine Nightingale
Mercy - Duffy
Castles - Freya Ridings
The Best - Tina Turner
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Shut Up and Dance
The Heat is On - Glenn Frey
Needle in a Haystack - The Velvelettes
Be My Baby - The Ronettes
My Guy - Mary Wells
Dance the Night Away - The Mavericks
I Love to Boogie - Marc Bolan
These Boots are Made for Walking - Nancy Sinatra
500Miles - The Proclaimers
Nutbush City Limits - Tina Turner
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Reach (for the stars) - S Club 7
Puppet on a String - Sandie Shaw
Stuck in the Middle - Steelers Wheel
Somewhere in My Heart - Aztec Camera
Feel It Still - Portugal the Man
Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
I'm Still Standing - Elton John
Lambada - Kaoma
La Bamba - Los Labos
Moving On Up - M People
Young Hearts - Candi Staton
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Out of Our Heads - Take That
Easy Listening:
Spooky - Dusty Springfield
My Baby Just Cares for Me - Nina Simone
I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl - Nina Simone
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Aretha - Rumur
Slow - Rumur
Fly Me to the Moon - Julie London
Old Devil Called Love - Jazz Standard
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
True Colours - Eva Cassidy
Time After Time - Eva Cassidy
Make it With You - Bread
Stay - Rihannah
Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald
I Can See Clearly Now - Jimmy Cliff
Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Someone Like You - Adele
Ain't Know Sunshine - Bill Withers
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
Angel - Sarah McLachlan
All of Me - John Legend
Closest Thing to Crazy - Katie Melua
Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles
Heaven - Bryan Adams
Dream A Little Dream - Mamas & the Papas
Close to You - Carpenters
We've Only Just Begun - Carpenters
Solitaire - Carpenters
For All We Know - Carpenters
Rainy Days & Mondays - Carpenters
Goodbye to Love - Carpenters
Can't Smile Without You - Carpenters
Movies, Show Tunes & Classical
Skyfall
Goldfinger
Diamonds are Forever
Moonriver
Golden Slumber
Hopelessly Devoted to You
Send in the Clowns
O Mio Babbino Caro
Wishing you Were Somehow Here Again
Memory
As If We Never Said Goodbye
Don't Cry for Me Argentina
Feed the Birds
All I Ask of You (Duo/Duet)
E Piu ti Penso (Duo/Duet)
Time to Say Goodbye (Duo/Duet)
Hallelujah (Duo/Duet)
Pie Jesu (Duo/Duet)
Christmas Songs:
Step into Christmas - Elton John
Silent Night - Traditional or Eva Cassidy
O Holy Night
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Merry Christmas Darling
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Last Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Jingle Bell Rock
All I Want for Christmas is You
All Alone for Christmas
Blue Christmas
Wartime:
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
We'll Meet Again
White Cliffs of Dover
There'll Always be an England
Sentimental Journey
It's a Long Way to Tipperary/Pack Up Your Troubles
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, absolutely. I always travel with background/break music to play before, between and after my sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

Depending on space, playing area and electrical access I can normally set up on my own in around 45 minutes. This will take longer if parking is further away.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes of course. It's normally best to let me know in advance of the gig, in case I need to look over the song(s) again, but I've been approached at many gigs and asked to sing certain songs and if I can (have the track) I will.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

With exception to a table and chair - this is all I ask for.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

As long as I have fair warning and I can source a backing track then this is never a problem. I would normally add another £10.00 to the fee, purely to cover the cost of the track and rehearsal

Reviews

From customers:

Andy S, 4 years ago

Karen sings for our Blind Veterans UK Dinner and Dance at HMS Sultan every year. She is an absolute pleasure to work with and knows exactly what songs to sing and judges everything perfectly.

Britannia H, 4 years ago

We love Karen at the Royal Albion Hotel. Great songs, great voice and just so lovely. Karen must do at least 20 gigs for us every year

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