Karen was born in New Zealand and raised in Browns Bay on Auckland’s North Shore and always wanted to be a singer. She learnt to play the piano and guitar, and during her school years won talent quests for singing and songwriting. To date Karen has won 27 awards for solo, duo, group, & original song.
993 Karen appeared on the Howard Morrison show as Dolly Parton. And joined the Boot Scoot’n Boogie Band.
1995 Karen won the Premier Entertainer of the Year Award. The same year, had the honor of being guest artist at the Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year on Norfolk Island as Dolly and has since returned three times to perform.
1997 Karen toured Australia with ‘Reflections’ Eddie Low and other top NZ performers.
Karen also performed at the Australian Gimpy Muster and Had sell out shows two years running at Tamworth with Legendary Tony Martin and Steve R Cheney. Karen has had a lot of experience with bands and has played and toured New Zealand, Australia, Norfolk Island and Sung in Las Vegas.
Karen is part of a documentary in the USA called ‘Dream Weaver’
Karen also does a great tribute to ‘Dolly Parton’,’ Stevie Nicks’ ‘Camp Leader’ of the Topp Twins and a comedy skit with her very own character. These shows range from 20mins to 2 1/2 hrs.
In 2008 Karen appeared on TVs “Stars in Their Eyes” As ‘Dolly Parton’
In Dec 2009 Karen set a Guinness world record for marathon singing for 48 hrs. and was appointed an Ambassador for Kidney Kids NZ.
Karen was also awarded the silver scroll award at the Variety artists NZ Benny Awards and nominated top Female vocalist 5 years running.
2011 Karen won the AGNEW award for excellence in music.
Karen currently has a band called ‘Dreams’ The Fleetwood Mac experience. An excellent 3 hour tribute show. She makes all the costumes and this show has now been deemed international standard. She also has a 2hr variety show called ‘Stars’ This fabulous show includes lots of fun, comedy and laughter. Karen teamed up with Ken Strong 4 yrs ago and is part of a successful Duo called ‘Toucan’ (duet Better than one) Traveling the country, their repertoire includes a night of ‘irish’ or ‘rockn’ roll paradise’ or ‘a country hoedown’ or The Dolly Parton Experience or ’70’s plus Pub Rock’ ‘Blue Diamonds’ (blues and light jazz).
Karen has 7 CDs, they are also being played globally. Karen makes all the costumes for every show and the visuals are always spectacular.
Definitely an Act not to miss!