Being adopted into a musically inclined family, she was introduced to music at an early age. Her grandfather, who played the guitar, introduced her to basic musical melodies on a push button keyboard. She'd experiment more with the keyboard and started writing songs at the tender age of eight.
Her mother, who founded and pastored JC's House of Worship in Pocomoke, MD (and later moved it to Norfolk, VA), was the driving force behind Karen's musical development. At her mothers urging, Karen would perform solos as a youngster and quickly developed confidence in her musical abilities. Karen fondly remembers, "My mother never ceased to tell me constantly to use the ability that God had given me.
She became the church's main soloist and would perform original compositions, refining her skills on the church choir. She is the current Minister of Music at her church; writing and performing worship that helps lift and build the congregation. She holds membership in two local gospel groups, Harmony with Doc Christian, and The Divinity Praise Team.
She describes her style as a mixture of contemporary harmonies, traditional gospel, and jazz. Some of Karen's key musical influences were Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, The Clark Sisters and Richard Smallwood.
Because of all the parental encouragement that Karen received, her first and sophomore CDs, "The Nature of Praise" and "Rest For Your Soul" were dedicated to her mother, the late Pastor Margaret Jones. The songs on both CDs were written out of experience and the love she feels in her heart for Christ. She sincerely prays that all that hear will be as blessed by the words and encouragements as she has been.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Praise Him
2. When I Think On You Lord
3. Be Strong
4. Belongs To You
5. God Has Done It Again
6. I Must Tell Jesus
7. I Owe It All To You
8. Look What The Lord Has Done
9. Rest For Your Soul
10. Who You Are