Karen Oberlin, a jazz-cabaret singer who was recently named as a finalist for Outstanding Vocalist for the 2007 Nightlife Award for her work in her new show, Like Love: The Popular Music of Andre Previn, won the Back Stage Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist of the Year for her previous show, the critically acclaimed Secret Love: A Tribute to the True Doris Day. (An award-winning CD was developed from the show, Secret Love: The Music of Doris Day, on the Miranda Music label.) Her voice and interpretations, called moving, artful, and velvety, by Entertainment Weekly, have been heard at major New York venues such as Town Hall (for the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention, and the Broadway By The Year series), Merkin Hall, The Metropolitan Room, The Firebird, and The Knitting Factory, among others, and she entertained sold-out audiences at the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room to launch the release of her highly lauded debut CD, My Standards (Miranda Music). She performed in the world premiere of the newly discovered musical by Duke Ellington and Herb Martin, Renaissance Man, as well as in an all-star CD version, Secret Ellington (True Life), which featured Joe Lovano, Grover Washington, Jr., and Freddy Cole, among others. She has also had guest appearances on other CD compilations.
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(Oberlin) invests ballads with a breathless intimacy and lays the allure at the listener's
feet. -- Robert L. Daniels, Variety
Ms. Oberlin's vocals can only be described as heavenly, and her performance flawless.
You simply must see and hear (her)... (It) is perfection! -- Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline
(Oberlin) presents (songs) as lusciously lyrical tales told for the very first time. -- David
Murphy, Time Out NY
Riveting... Exciting... Poignant... Oberlin mixes exquisite singing with pithy and charming
patter. A gifted writer and performer! -- Barbara & Scott Siegel, Theatermania.com