Karen Robinson writes and delivers music to be remembered whether it is a house concert for twenty people or a show for thousands. Karen’s life-long passion for roots music and jazz flow together so that listeners compare her to Joni Mitchell, Peggy Lee, and Billie Holiday, but she and her original songs remain unique.
Her album of original music, Karen Robinson With, received a Jazz Album of the Year nomination from Music Nova Scotia, and was Chronicle Herald Arts Reporter Stephen Cooke’s Pick of the Week:
“Karen Robinson With is like a love letter to the Maritime jazz scene … The range of expression is vast, the songs are rich and complex, and Robinson is direct and always present in the moment.” (Stephen Cooke, Arts reporter, Chronicle Herald, NS)
Career Highlights: TD Halifax Jazz Festivals 2015 and 2014 with 9-piece Karen Robinson Band and trio; 2016, Toronto’s Hugh’s Room with the amazing Jackie Richardson, Eileen Joyce and Patti Jannetta; 2015, 9-piece band Spring Tour to theatres in Nova Scotia; tour dates in Rio and Buenos Aires; two Apple Blossom Festival Coronation Galas; JazzEast’s Jazz Up Your Spring Series; CD Release at Halifax’s Carleton; Stayner's Wharf monthly show; The Press Gang’s Art of the Duo, 2011, 2012 and 2013; weekly performer on world-syndicated ATV music show; Karen has four albums, plays drum kit, and her original songs enjoy repeated CBC Radio and CTV airplay. Karen was first to perform Red Coat Laddies - a performance that led the RCMP to make it their 125th anniversary Musical Ride theme song.
“Karen has a great voice, an expressive voice. She feels the lyrics, and is an amazing writer too. Karen is one of the most intrinsically musical people I have ever worked with.” (Janice Isabel Jackson – Soprano, Contemporary Music Specialist, Producer, Vocal Instructor, Halifax)
“Karen's music is unique and the lyrics thought-provoking. There is laughter and there are tears. Compare her vocal delivery to Billie Holiday…very real and moving. Karen is the real deal.” (Mike Cowie, Musician, Producer, Halifax)