photo courtesy Steve Mack. L to R: Billy Evanochko, Sean Carney, Karen Lovely
“A star in the making.” - Bill Wax
"Lovely’s style begins from sources within such classic blues singers as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and, like Janis Joplin before her, she has translated those influences into an
utterly gripping, contemporary style of her own." - Don Heckman
(former music critic NY Times, LA Times, Village Voice)
“outstanding” - DOWNBEAT
Herb Alpert's VIBRATO, Los Angeles CA
Internationale Jazzwache,Burghausen GERMANY
Karen Lovely shot onto the blues scene out of the Pacific Northwest like Stack O' Lee's .44 placing 2nd at the 2010 International Blues Challenge followed by three 2011 Blues Music Award Nominations for BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES FEMALE ARTIST, BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM and BEST SONG for her sophomore release STILL THE RAIN.
She is a two time “#1 Pick to Click” artist on XM Radio Bluesville and was selected as a 2014 Featured Blues Artist of the Year by KJZZ FM in Los Angeles. Lovely’s records have topped the national blues and roots charts and made the Top 10 favorite artist list for dozens of nationally syndicated radio stations.
Known for her passionate, driven performances, this powerhouse vocalist delivers a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Lovely's standout performances have garnered awards and critical acclaim at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
2014 Blues411 "Jimmi" AWARD NOMINEE
- Best Traditional Recording
2014 "Muddy Award" NOMINEE
Best NW Recording "Prohibition Blues"
2011 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE "BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES FEMALE ARTIST" "BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM" "BEST SONG" - 'STILL THE RAIN'
2011 BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE "BEST FEMALE VOCALIST" "BEST SONG"
2010 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE WINNER 2nd Place Band
7x MUDDY AWARD WINNER
"PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR"
"BEST FEMALE VOCALIST"
"BEST NEW ACT"
"BEST REGIONAL ACT"