Karen Knowles

From the Heart: 30 Years of Musical Memories

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Karen Knowles is an Australian born singer and performer. Commencing her performance career on Young Talent Time and then soon after as a recording artist and live performer her career now spans over 30 years. Her recording credits include: “Why won’t you explain”, (Fable/Polygram/EMI/PRT(UK)WEA)(gold record(Aust)), “You are the Reason (platinum recording) (Fable/Polygram/EMI), “Loves us all” (gold recording), “A Night of Carols” with the Australian Girls Choir, “By Request”, “On a clear day”, “Moonglow” (VTL (USA)). Karen was the highest selling female recording artist in Australia for two consecutive years. While concurrently maintaining her solo career, she was invited to join as lead singer of legendary Australian folk group “The Seekers” for two years touring nationally and internationally. Joined by the group’s main song writer Bruce Woodley and the National Boys Choir she recorded the original version of the much loved song “I Am Australian”. She received a nomination for a Green Room Award for best supporting actress in a musical for her role as Mary Jane Wilks in the hugely successful 18 month run of “Big River”. Performing regularly in her own solo concerts at Arts Centres and venues around Australia, appearing as a mentor in It Takes Two and in various television guest spots, her career has spanned all forms of performance – recording, music theatre, live performance, television and theatrical credits (Melbourne Theatre Company, Chamber Made Opera).

More recent projects have included a performance at the National Gallery of Victoria with her six piece band (piano, bass, drums plus the Carneval Strings trio), various collaborations on vocal soundscapes with sound artist and internationally renowned composer Darrin Verhagen for theatre productions with the Melbourne Theatre Company and Chamber Made Opera, performances and recordings with The Choir of Hard Knocks, recordings with indigenous elder Uncle Bob Randall feeding listeners’ fuller experience of connection with the Australian bush, and drawing on her classical vocal training, performances with internationally renowned baroque ensemble Latitude 37.
Karen has received many awards and nominations during her career as a performer including an Australian Humanitarian Award for her Services to the Arts and was appointed by the Reconciliation Council as an Inaugural Ambassador for Reconciliation.

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I Am Australian

The Second Time

Why Won’t You Explain