KAREN LANE originally from Perth Western Australia, moved to Sydney in 1990. Her initial grounding was the graveyard shift in seedy Kings Cross, with 10 piece original soul funk band, The Hard Word. Her first foray into Jazz quickly followed with the formation of The Eclectics, a sophisticated lounge trio playing standards. She won coveted slots, including headline at 1993 Western Australia's York Jazz Festival, and support for the elite British jazz pianist, Julian Joseph, during his 1994 Australian tour, at Sydney¹s premier jazz club the Basement.
In 1993 Lane formed her first original band Deluge and between 1994 and 1997 established her song writing and band leading credentials culminating in the debut of her original acid jazz band, Substance, at the prestigious Bacardi Club for the 1995 Sydney International Arts festival. During this period she also wrote and produced music for a NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) dance production Appetite which was featured at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. From her experience as one of the few song writing and band leading females in an Australian music scene dominated by mass marketed, made to order young popstars, Lane conceived the idea that became Bloomers, an independent recording project for women singer songwriters. She secured government funding and recorded 17 women from around Australia. The Bloomers compilation CD was released with considerable national print, radio and TV coverage in August 1998 through Roadshow/Warners music.
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Karen Lane is a fresh voice and presence on the UK jazz vocal scene and someone who has the ability to build a substantial career for herself. She has what I would describe as a rare combination of musicianship, technique and just plain feel: one can sense that, even at this early stage of her European sojourn, her potential is that of someone who could command a worldwide, rather than a merely local, audience.
Keith Shadwick Jazz writer and critic
A lovely singer Highly Recommended.
Michael Parkinson’s BBC Radio 2
When you hear her softly Latinised account of On Green Dolphin Street here, the band
resembles Astrud Gilberto in some kind of unannounced encounter with the MJQ
Willing to teach
Associate Lecturer in Voice, Surrey University Guildford UK
Karen Lane is also a qualified Speech and Language Therapist so focuses on providing clinical evaluation of voice disorders or problems, in particular those affecting professional voice users. Private sessions or workshops available.