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Karen White

At school in the UK I studied piano and music theory, learning about the structure of music.  Growing up I learnt some simple guitar chords, playing quietly to myself.  It wasn't until the early 'noughties'  having moved to the Tropics of North Queensland in Australia that I finally unleashed my hobby onto an unsuspecting public.  Since then I have produced  several of my own shows and performed at various gigs in Australia and occasionally in the UK.

I have been fortunate to have received mentoring in the recording studio from internationally renown musician/album producer Nigel Pegrum and receiving voice coaching by the equally fabulous Wilma Reading.

I happily perform solo but get the greatest kicks when a gig allows me to fund a band.  I write a few songs, I sing a lot of covers, I play rhythm guitar and occasionally keyboard; above all though I'm a performer.  I perform solo, with backing artists or with a full band.  When I sing I “live” each song as I deliver it – and clear diction has always been important to me so my audience can understand the song’s story as we go, experiencing the emotions along with me.

My genre is mixed, from love through pop to adult humour, drawing on some of my favourite music heroes such as Paul Kelly, Melanie, Billy Connolly, Kirsty MacColl, The Beautiful South and Richard O’Brien, via the enduring poetry of Leonard Cohen and the cutting satire of Tom Lehrer.   Currently I’m focussing on the music of the late, great Kirsty MacColl and have recorded two albums of her songs to accompany the live shows I am launching now in 2019.

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