For Karen Lee Batten, music is all about honesty. Every word she sings is ﬁlled with raw, genuine emotion, and this commitment to sincerity is at the heart of her new album, Cause a Scene.
The British Columbia-based Batten has consistently wowed audiences across the country with her soaring and impeccable singing. She was a top ten finalist on Canadian Idol, and she’s a three-time winner of the British Columbia Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year award — just to name a few.
On Oct. 19, she’ll perform onstage at the BC Country Music Association Awards, where she has also been nominated for seven awards, including: Album, Entertainer, Female Vocalist, Video, Single, Website and Fan’s Choice.
In this week’s edition of ‘Coffee With,’ this curly-haired songstress with a voice as smooth as liquid honey discusses the evolution of her music career, her roots in the Fraser Valley and offers some sage advice for aspiring musicians.
What was it that drew you to a career in the country music industry?
I love real music. Not that other genres aren’t real, but country music just makes sense for me. What I’m singing has a meaning — it’s not just words leaving my mouth. When I sing I try to feel every word creating an energy or emotion that I can only hope the audience feels too. That’s my goal.
What does it mean to you to be nominated for these 7 BCCMA awards?
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Any advice for aspiring country singers here in the Fraser Valley?
Check out Karen’s new video, “Life Worth Living,” from her latest album in stores now! ~ Directed by Stephano Barberis