However, her gutsy determination and feisty spirit worthy of Bette Midler has since seen her fight her way back to good health and beyond, through her first steps as a professional singer and songwriter. Having achieved her academic goal of top A-level grades, Karen Louise made the bold decision to fulfil her greatest ambition and pursue a singing career as a recording artist. Using her wit and determination, she took a temp job, recorded a demo CD and set about finding a way into the music business. In the years that followed Karen won a national talent competition, performed at the London Palladium, and attended numerous auditions including the original Mis-Teeq hunt. Refusing to sit on the sidelines, she joined a function band singing at weddings until she found a manager who took her into a west London recording studio. At 22 having released her debut dance single, Karen Louise performed at Europride in Manchester and London’s Heaven where the diva came to life, propelling her to new musical heights – “the crowd was huge and the reaction was fantastic.
At that point I knew for sure that the place I am most at home, where I truly belong, is on stage. When I step out into the lights and start to sing something happens, something magical.” Heaven’s spell continued as Karen went on to support Lemar and Girls Aloud before returning to the studio where she met her writing partner, music graduate Tom Gearing. After a year of writing together Karen Louise began networking the industry to secure a record deal. Realising that she did not want to become a manufactured artist being told how to talk, how to act and what to wear, Karen Louise chose to sign to an independent label.
In 2004 she began working on her album, but without the big advances of a major label Karen grafted hard, singing at weddings, teaching stage school and delivering song-writing workshops at schools in Hertfordshire; she also recorded sessions for Hans Zimmer; and appeared in the innovative human car choir for the international Honda advert. In 2006, Karen Louise supported X Factor finalists Journey South on their 38-date UK tour, covering the country from Edinburgh to Brighton including a show at London’s prestigious Hammersmith Apollo. Following on from the success of this tour she has just been confirmed to support former Blue member Simon Webbe on his UK tour throughout May and June. Karen Louise is excited about what 2007 holds for her as she releases her debut album…’Standing On My Own’ in September, featuring 10 original tracks that showcase her astounding voice and unleash the diva within. Produced by Tommy D (KT Tunstall, Corinne Bailey-Rae) and Ash Howes (Dido, Texas), with mixes by Jeremy Wheatley (Sugababes), and Andy Bradfield (David Gray, Rufus Wainwright), this is a record that introduces a British diva with an extraordinary voice. In the words of Tommy D “Karen touches your soul with wonderful melodies and heartfelt lyrics.
It’s simply a matter of a great voice performing great songs.” Karen Louise – a British diva is born! from: www.karenlouise.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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