Award winning Singer Songwriter and Recording Artist, Karen E. Reynolds, has spent the majority of her life on a stage, writing songs, and appearing at premier venues, performance series' and high profile festivals (Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, Atlanta's Eddie's Attic, Kent State Folk Festival, Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, Jammin at Hippie Jacks, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Nashville Songwriters Festival, National Shrimp Festival, Rhythm n Blooms Festival, The Square Room, Douglas Corner, The Listening Room, The Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and more), all while sharing the stage with some of the best in the music industry and in front of tens of thousands. Yet, she shouldn't be here.
In late 2014, a bi-lateral pulmonary embolism came very close to taking her life. While in ICU recovering, she was disgnosed with thyroid cancer which had encroached upon her vocal cords. She was expected to lose them and never sing, nor even speak, again. Medically, there was no explanation for her surviving the embolism, and the cancer had done enough damage to her esophagus, the physicians were amazed that she was able to sing at all. But, somehow, her voice was still as clear and strong as it had always been. Through what she describes as a "series of miracles", she has managed to not only survive, but to thrive.
Calling herself a "stubborn southern girl" Karen has refused to allow it to beat her. After re-teaching herself to sing following the surgery to remove the cancer, she has relied upon humor, hard work and prayer, to help her continue doing what she considers to be, "what God built me to do."
With a style described as, "Americana Heart & Southern Soul", Karen has been coined as, "a consummate performer who can command any audience", and calling her “hearty voiced” one moment and claiming her to have the “voice of an angel” the next. Karen signed her first publishing agreement in 2007 which brought attention from both independent and major labels. Karen regularly writes with nationally recognized artists and songwriters, and has chalked up a respectable list of independent cuts including (just a few): Ryan Sheley, Robbie Helton (lead guitarist for Emi Sunshine), Callie Watson, Jason Mitchell, Sean Gasaway, and well known Canadian artist, Amanda Rheaume, as well as, major label holds including the likes of Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson. Her own recordings receive airplay across the nation and on over 400 stations abroad. A respected music industry consultant, Karen is also host and program director of a worldwide program that has aired for over 19 years, is a sought after speaker and workshop presenter at conferences and music industry events, and has taught songwriting and music business for a variety of organizations and universities. Karen is also the Director of the Frank Brown Int'l Songwriters Festival In-Schools Program', and teaches extensively for the Mississippi Songwriters Festival Educational Outreach.
KAREN'S PRESS QUOTES:
"An Americana singer songwriter in the realm of creativity as Cheryl Wheeler, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, James Taylor and Carole King."- Metro Pulse Magazine
"One of Tennessee's best singer-songwriters."-Bluegrass Standard Magazine
"Fantastic vocals, compelling lyrics and great instrumentation! Love your music and will be playing more!"-Deb Anderson, Host/Co-Music Director, KZUM, Lincoln, NE
"....a singer-songwriter with a melodious alto and a penchant for writing everything from wickedly witty to staggeringly beautiful lyrics."- Maryville Daily Times