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Karen Carroll

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.

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”Karen Carroll comes back with one of the hottest blues tracks since Keb Mo hit the charts with “Soon As I Get Paid”. She responds wih a larger-than-life performance, this live recording also spotlights her burgeoning songwriting skills. She seasons her careworn, burnished alto and blows you away with her emotional desolation and unquenchable optimism. Carroll’s highly polished blasts of blues-rock is down and dirty Chicago blues never sounding forced. This is one of her best pieces of work, this OG with her soulful and bellowing voice works the band and her audience as always! ” -Ron Templin, BMI Rep.

”Karen, absolutely magnificent! Soulful, perfectly delictable, and masterfully performed

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Do Your Thang

From: Karen Carroll
By Karen Carroll

Do You Ever Think About Me

From: Karen Carroll Blues Collection
By Karen Carroll

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