Gospel roots have sprouted a soulful selection of sincere and reflective melodies within originals melding R&B, folk, pop, and jazz. Described from listeners as the songbird-like sensibilities of Alicia Keys meets the insight and heart of Joni Mitchell, this is Karen Anne Mathews.
The Portland, Oregon’s native daughter is an eloquent, gentle sort whose lyrics are like a soft wind that lift you up and whisper, “you will be alright.” Soothing originals sewn from life experiences to tap-your-toe covers like Don Henley‟s “Heart of the Matter” and “Keep it loose, Keep it tight” by Amos Lee to Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” Ms. Mathews mesmerizes audiences with her clear voice, floating piano style and contagious passion for her art.
Karen has been performing in front of live audiences since the age of 17. Though Karen is a self-proclaimed shy public speaker, one would never guess it from the way she commands the stage and leads her listeners through her journeys in song. With such expression and ease, she draws her audience to laugh with her, cry with her, and relate their life‟s experiences to her own.
Karen frequently plays with and is available as a trio with guitar and bass, as a quartet with bass, guitar and drums, though most performances are as a solo performer behind the ivories.