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 has just been selected as the 2014 Featured Blues artist 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 and always backed by stellar musicians, this powerhouse vocalist delivers a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Lovely's standout performances have garnered awards, critical acclaim and standing ovations at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
Karen has just completed 4 successful European tours, playing to packed houses and sold out shows in France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Her performance at the 44th Internationale Jazzwache in Burghausen, Germany was taped for broadcast and began airing on German TV in December 2013.
Karen is currently working on 10 Miles of Bad Road, her highly anticipated third studio release of original contemporary blues with Grammy winning producer Tony Braunagel and the legendary Curtis Salgado. The CD is expected to launch this spring.
Bill Wax, of XM Radio’s Bluesville calls her “a star in the making.”
Downbeat Magazine thinks she’s “outstanding” and Don Heckman, former music critic for the NY Times, LA Times and the Village Voice, wrote in his review of her live show at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato in Los Angeles, “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.”