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"outstanding" "genius" "fantastic" - DOWNBEAT

"first class vocalist." - Art Tipaldi, BLUES REVUE

"truly exceptional" - BLUES BLAST

"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

"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

 ABOUT


KAREN LOVELY offers up a blistering mix of contemporary Blues, Blues Rock, and American roots music. Known for her passionate, driven style, this powerhouse vocalist consistently delivers standout performances - both live and in the studio, garnering awards and critical acclaim throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and South America. 

A multi-award winning artist, Lovely has taken home 7 Muddy Awards for "Performance of the Year", "Best Contemporary Blues Band", "Best Female Artist" and "Best National Recording." In 2018, she recevied her 4th prestigious Blues Music Award nomination for "Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist" and her 4th Blues Blast Music Award nomination for "Female Blues Artist of the Year."

Her albums (including her newest release FISH OUTTA WATER) have topped national and international blues and roots charts, and 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. 

Lovely's newest release, debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 100 Blues Album chart, reached #1 on the Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Hot 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 made numerous Best Blues Albums of 2017 national and international lists including Living Blues, Blues Blast, Blues Music Magazine, Making a Scene, Crossroads, and Blues VanNorthWest Music Scene hails her as one of the best artists in the Northwest.

A committed social activist, Lovely's songs address domestic violence, sexual abuse, homelessness, mental health, addiction, and suicide. She donated proceeds from pre-sales of Fish Outta Water  to RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization, and includes links to domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines in each of her studio album liner notes. 

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 her sophomore release STILL THE RAIN.

Her follow up 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." 

HONORIFICS

2018 Blues Music Award Nominee "Contemporary Female Blues Artist"
2018 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee "Female Blues Artist of the Year"
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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