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“A star in the making.” - Bill Wax

"outstanding" - DOWNBEAT Magazine

"Lovely is a first class vocalist." - Art Tipaldi, BLUES REVUE

"Lovely’s performance...was one of the most unexpected pleasures of recent memory...[her] 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, INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF MUSIC, Music Critic LA Times, NY Times, Village Voice, DownBeat

"magnificent" - BluesWax Magazine

"Lovely's voice combines roadhouse grit with a focused emotional clarity all her own...she's an unstoppable force blasting out of the Pacific Northwest." - Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat

"Karen Lovely is the most talented singer I have been associated with since my early days with Robert Cray." - Dennis Walker, multi Grammy winning producer

"The single most impressive emerging female vocalist I've heard in quite some time" - The Blues Hound, 90.1 FM KPFT Houston

"fantastic" - Downbeat Magazine

"a truly exceptional album of thoughtful and moving songs" - Blues Blast


Karen Lovely delivers a blistering mix of contemporary blues and American root music. Known for her passionate, driven performances, this powerhouse vocalist delivers. Her standout performances - both live and in the studio, consistently garner awards and critical acclaim throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and South America.

Lovely's self-released albums (including her newest release Fish Outta Water) have topped both national and international blues and roots charts, consistently made the "Best of the Year" blues album lists for noted publications such as Downbeat Magazine, Roots Music Report, Living Blues and Blues Blast.

She is a two time “#1 Pick to Click” artist on XM Radio Bluesville. Her studio albums have all made the "TOP 10" list for dozens of radio stations in the US, Canada, and Europe, and has been a Featured Blues Artist on KKJZ FM in Los Angeles, one of the largest metro markets in the US.

FISH OUTTA WATER, Lovely's new album, a Downbeat Editor's Pick, debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 100 Blues Album chart, reached #1 on the RMR Contemporary Blues singles chart, #4 on the RMR Top 50 Contemporary Blues Album chart, #4 on the RMR Top 50 Blues Album chart and #4 on the Living Blues Top 50 chart and remained in the Top 50 Best Blues Albums RMR chart for 6 months.

The album has also made numerous Best of 2017 national and international lists including Living Blues, Blues Blast, Blues Music Magazine, Making a Scene, Crossroads, and Blues Van.

Lovely is a committed and vocal social activist, whose songs address domestic violence, sexual abuse, homelessness, mental health, addiction, and suicide. Proceeds from pre-sales of Fish Outta Water were donated to RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. Lovely has performed at fundraisers for Planned Parenthood, the LGBTQ community, Shriner's for Children, CASA, Columbus Cancer Clinic, PAWS, PBS, NPR, and many other organizations.

In addition to her charity work, Lovely donates proceeds from her album sales at live shows to Blues Societies and to the Blues Foundation's HART FUND. In January, she was one of the guest speakers for Dr. Marie Trout's HART Fund panel on "Abuse, Addiction, and the Blues" at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

Beginning with her 2nd album, Still the Rain, she has included links to domestic violence hotlines in each of her studio album liner notes.

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, immediately 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.

Her third studio album, TEN MILES OF BAD ROAD, produced by Grammy winner Tony Braunagel, established Lovely 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". The album also won a 2015 Blues411 "Jimi" Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist" and was selected by Downbeat as one of the "Best Albums of 2016."


2018 Blues Music Award Nominee "Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist"
2017 Muddy Award Winner "Best National Recording - Fish Outta Water"
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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