Born: January 6 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Karen Gold grew up in Toronto in a musically diverse family. In her teens, she performed at the Stratford Festival Theatre in concert with Perth County Conspiracy. Up next was the National Rock Opera Company's Jesus Christ Superstar, under musical director Bill King. Continuing with stage work, Karen had a feature role in the Salome Bey musical, Sweetmama at the Leah Posluns Theatre. Karen joined a “top forty” band called Network. They travelled across Canada, playing four sets a night. During the day, Karen started writing her own songs and eventually decided to go it alone. After performing her songs in clubs for about a year, accompanying herself on guitar, Karen hooked up with pianist / singer / songwriter, David-Paul Erhart. The duo played extensively in cafés and concerts, and appeared on numerous radio and television shows. At one point, they expanded to a trio, Kadabra, adding vocalist Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, now artistic director and conductor of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. At times, bass player, David Piltch (kd lang, Holly Cole) joined the group as well. Karen sang lead vocals and harmonies for trio, Palais Royale, alongside jazz guitarist / composer, Tony Quarrington, and bass player / singer / songwriter, Allan Soberman. They performed a wide range of material from the ‘40s and ‘50s, including jazz standards, through country classics, to romantic ballads. Throughout the years, Karen worked as a session singer for commercial jingles and on albums by Tony Quarrington, Quarrington Worthy, Graeme Card (of Humphrey and the Dumptrucks, and The Chattering Class) and Peter Foldy. On some sessions, Karen worked with renowned producer, Daniel Lanois. Karen also sang some lead vocals on album, The Children’s Corner, including a duet with Shirley Eikhard. An indie label, Qwurke Records, released Karen’s self-penned single, Tell It To My Face, which received national airplay. Karen wrote and recorded her debut solo album, Damsel in Distress, released September 8, 2008 on Refrain Records. On this album, Karen sings about a covert romance (Rendezvous); an attempted “break and enter” (Unlock Your Heart); toughing it out in the “big city” (Damsel In Distress); procrastination (Too Tired); living an unconventional life (Night Owl); an unusual friend and confidante (Java Joe); taking a risk for love (In Love’s Favour); escaping from life’s stresses (Tranquility); counting on a shady character (Love By Numbers); and a clandestine affaire (Nos rendez-vous cachés) with lyrics by David-Paul Erhart.
“It's all smart, sexy sounding and has a great beat! Well done.” Dana Flavelle,Journalist, Toronto, ON
“Love the artwork on the cover of the CD. Love the lyrics and theme of the CD. Really had fun with Love By The Numbers”. Love the lyrical ideas and development in ALL the songs. Really enjoyed it!” Jim Crocini, Singer/Songwriter, Kelowna, BC
“Am really enjoying it. Love her voice. The musical arrangements are wonderful. Wonderful singing, wonderful music.” Duke Walls, Singer/Songwriter, Hana, Hawaii
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