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Karen Gold


Toronto, Ontario

Karen Gold Biography









     Toronto-born, Karen Gold, started performing in her teens. Her first gig was in concert with Perth County Conspiracy at the Stratford Festival Theatre. She toured with the National Rock Opera Company’s Jesus Christ Superstar, under musical director, Bill King. She also had a feature acting / singing / dancing role in the Salome Bey musical, Sweetmama at the Leah Posluns Theatre (Koffler Centre for the Arts).

     Karen travelled across Canada in the “top forty” band, Network, playing four sets a night. She started writing her own songs and eventually decided to go solo, playing her music in folk clubs for about a year, accompanying herself on guitar. Pianist/singer/songwriter, David-Paul Erhart joined Karen, and the duo played extensively in cafés and concerts, appearing on numerous radio and tv shows. At one point, they expanded to a trio, Kadabra, adding vocalist Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, now artistic director and conductor of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. At times, bass player, David Piltch (kd lang, Holly Cole) joined the group as well. Karen sang with Palais Royale, alongside jazz guitarist / composer, Tony Quarrington, and bass player / singer / songwriter, Allan Soberman. They performed a wide range of ‘40s and ‘50s jazz standards, country classics, and romantic ballads.

     Throughout the years, Karen did session work for commercial jingles and albums and had the opportunity to work with producer Daniel Lanois. Karen also did some lead vocals on the album, The Children’s Corner, including a duet with Shirley Eikhard. Indie label, Qwurke Records, released Karen’s self-penned single, Tell It To My Face, which received national airplay.

     Karen’s CD of all original tunes, Damsel in Distress, was released September 8, 2008, on indie label, Refrain Records.