The powerful, sensitive singer, songwriter, Karen Tobin, is a veteran of the Los Angeles Music scene and former recording artist with Arista Records - New York, and Atlantic Records - Nashville. Ms. Tobin has been compared with such luminaries of the female vocalist elite as Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.
”She's got just right amount of emotion in her performances to make you want to hear more." "Karen sings the heart right out of her chest." "Ms. Tobin wails out a shivering mountain edged soprano that's laced with a powerhouse of control and emotion"-- Cash Box." "Everything she does is wonderful, this woman has so much ability." - Robert Oermann, MusicRow Magazine.
Karen was classically trained at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music in her home state of Pennsylvania. She started singing professionally after moving to San Francisco and ended up her stint there as a featured vocalist on the last Hot Tuna album. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Karen was signed to a recording contract by Clive Davis of Arista Records.
Taking time off to raise her two daughters, her song writing flourished. As her love for the music business prevailed, she started writing country songs stylistically influenced by the legendary Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Her duo, Crazy Hearts (country's Fleetwood Mac) were immediately asked to contribute a cut to the "Town South of Bakersfield Vol. II” CD. Crazy Hearts became a local favorite, playing around the Los Angeles area, and at the Country music festivals.
Keith Stegall (producer of Alan Jackson) heard her sing at the famous Palomino Club and was immediately hooked. Before she knew it, she was in Nashville recording some demos with Keith. The call from Atlantic Records came soon after, along with it, the release of the critically acclaimed album "Carolina Smokey Moon". Karen, with the help of her band, composed and recorded the CD "Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts". Karen was nominated as Best Female Artist by the Los Angeles Music Awards, along with Dwight Yoakum and Jim Lauderdale. She has sung on projects with Neil Young, Everclear, Hot Tuna, Oasis. Karen sang background vocals for John Stewart recordings and touring.
Her release entitled "That's What You Get" got rave reviews for the vocal quality and the songwriting; utilizing the talents of some of the West Coasts most outstanding players and recording engineers. Karen is currently in the studio producing her 2013 release for her independent label Sunnyland Records.
Karen has had songs recorded by Artists in Switzerland, Holland, Japan and the United States. She can be heard singing on various movie soundtracks. She is a prolific songwriter with a sensitive lyrical style.
"She will touch you to the bottom of your soul with her intensely emotional performances. All of her songs come from her real life situations. Her show should not to be missed.
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