Karen Gold Karen Gold

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

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“There are palpable influences of torchy divas like Laura Nyro and Linda Ronstadt. Some of the songs are poignant, as is the title track, Damsel In Distress, as well as my favourite, the hauntingly unforgettable, In Love's Favour. Other songs are witty and “fun-poking” such as the blues- influenced, Love By Numbers, which is set in a nightclub and done with audience participation. To me, the marvel is that Karen Gold composed and performed all these songs and arrangements, playing all the instruments herself. She sings all the lead vocals and harmony backups too. Her lyrics are sensitive, insightful, and always so clearly crafted

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