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Olsztyn Blues Festival, July 2016

"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)



“A star in the making.” - Bill Wax

 about

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.

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.

With the release of her 3rd studio album TEN MILES OF BAD ROAD, produced by Grammy winner Tony Braunagel, Lovely established herself as a singer/songwriter with a style uniquely her own, receiving nominations for the prestigious 2016 Blues Music Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist" and 2016 BluesBlast Award for "Best Female Artist". She also won a 2015 Blues411 "Jimi" Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist" and the album was selected by Downbeat Magazine as one of the Best Albums of 2016.

Her albums have topped the national blues and roots charts and made the Top 10 favorite artist list for dozens of nationally syndicated radio stations. Lovely is a two time “#1 Pick to Click” artist on XM Radio Bluesville and was selected several times as a Featured Blues Artist by KKJZ FM in Los Angeles.

Lovely's newest release, FISH OUTTA WATER debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 100 Blues Album chart, has been #1 on the RMR state chart for 3 months, hit #1 on the RMR Top 50 Contemporary Blues Singles chart, #4 on the RMR Top 50 Contemporary Blues Album chart, #4 on the RMR Top 50 Blues Album chart and is currently #4 on the Living Blues Top 50 chart. DownBeat magazine calls the album "fantastic" and is an Editor's Pick. more info

2016 Muddy Award Winner "Performance of the Year"
2016 BMA Nominee "Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist"
2016 Blues Blast Nominee "Best Female Vocalist"
2015 Blues411 Winner "Best Contemporary Female Artist"
2014 Muddy Award Winner "Best Female Vocalist"
2011 BMA Nominee "Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist"
2011 BMA Nominee "Best Contemporary Blues Album"
2011 Blues Blast Nominee "Best Female Artist"
2010 WINNER, 2nd Place Band, International Blues Challenge

 

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