Karen Carroll, singer, songwriter, musician, Chicago native, started singing in church at 6. She was taught singing theory by master Robert Allen and Nate Griffin was her vocal coach. Karen worked with Lonnie Brooks, Albert King and The Freeman Bros very early in her career. It goes without saying that all along her career, she has been supported by her mother Jeanne Carroll (respected, world wide Jazz artist), with whom she had her first professional gig. Since the early 80’s she has appeared with Katie Webster, Albert King, Carey and Lurrie Bell, Rudy Rotta, Otis Grand, Willie Kent, Steve “Big Man” Clayton, Alvin Lee, Mongo Jerry, Mississippi Heat, Buddy Guy, Deitra Farr, Bonnie Lee, Eddie Clearwater, Sammie Fender, Eddie Shaw, Angela Brown, Billy Branch, Melvin Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Byther Smith, Johnny B. Moore, Sugar Blue, Buddy Miles, Zora Young and many more musical wonders. Singing gospel since her childhood she is an authentic performer of The Great American Deep Blues. Appearing twice at The Chicago Blues Festival; in 2008 at the request of blues master B.B. King. Karen turned to Europe in 1998, touring with many different bands, creating and leading some. Today she works solo or with different groups, always provokeing a stormy applause from the audience.
Works include Son of a Gun, “Had My Fun”, “Talk To The Hand”, “Professors Strutt”, “Women of Blue Chicago”, “Chicago’s Finest Blues Ladies” Delmarks 50th Anniversary and “Stock Yard Strutt”. In Europe Karen created “Be My Guest”, “Live in Coburg”, “Live in Olesnica”, Evolution Revolution and “Ghetto Love” (all her originals) keeping her in the limelight. She also appears on many compilation Cd’s of Blues, Jazz and Gospel.