Karen Lee Burnette

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Professional vocalist available for weddings, depping, backing vocals, solo gigs and recording
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I was born into a musical family and played piano, descant, treble and tenor recorders and saxophone at school, I was also a member of the school orchestra and choirs. I always loved singing from a very early age and performed my first cabaret at 16 years old singing 3 songs with a live band backing me. There were subsequent cabaret appearances over the next 5 years until I joined a function band in my early 20’s. I then took the band over and ran it for a further 15 years performing at Masonic functions, weddings, private parties, corporate events etc. I have recorded 2 cd’s Recent vocal history: Lead Singer with Rockabilly band ‘Jive Agents’ Lead Singer with Function-pub band Present day: Lead singer with ‘60’s/70's band ‘White Plains’ Part of male/female duo covering ‘60’s music ‘Karen & Pete' I love Theatre work and being in the recording studio and I have sung at Church weddings, and solo gigs with backing tracks

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This act has been working with Encore for over 7 years
1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Cabaret, Gospel, Blues, Pop, Acoustic, Motown, Covers, Soul, Latin, Samba
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party
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Karen's Song list

All I Ask Of You
Middle Of Nowhere
It's So Easy
Make You Feel My Love
You're My World
That'll Be The Day
The More I See You
I do I do I do I do
Addicted To Love
It Might As Well Rain Until September
All Night Long
Bad Moon Rising
Saturday Night At The Movies
I Saw Her Standing There
You Belong To Me
Love This Is My Song
Da Doo Ron Ron
Come On Over To My Place
Misty Blue
I'm Never Gonna Fall In Love Again
Goes To Show You Never Can Tell
Customer questions

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

I always try my 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 me know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for the live performance!

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

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure I find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own PA and backing tracks

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients have said that they love the variety of styles of music I perform and the fact that I talk to the crowd and also the fact that I'm very reliable, professional and versatile.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at private parties, weddings, U3A meetings and WI events plus cabaret at The Meads Ballroom Brentwood.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Connie Francis, Shirley Bassey, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt.... the list is endless!!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Cabaret spot at a high profile function in Brentwood Essex

Karen's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£600

Karen's Reviews

From customers:

4 years ago

Karen, you are amazing. What a fab night and thank you for my dad's birthday announcement, very much enjoyed it xx

4 years ago

We had a great time! Dad especially loved it, it was his era after all but any age, young and old, you put on a great show!