Karen Hanna

Karen Hanna

BandJazzAdult Contemporary

Listening to Karen's honeyed tones is akin to being comforted by a familiar friend. The stories she tells in her songs speak straight to the heart and illicit emotions felt at the core of human experience...love, affection, longing, joy, pride and sadness.

Biography

Karen Hanna

Karen’s sound is a fusion of jazz, folk, retro R&B and soft rock. Think Diana Ross meets Norah Jones. Her road has wound through personal and professional peaks and troughs, picking up song writing accolades along the way such as finalist in the 2007 Australian Song Writing Competition Award, and in the ABC Song Writing Competition for writers over 30. But it was her dream to record a stunning debut album of her original songs that has been the driver for this independent Australian singer songwriter.

Engaging the top jazz talent the NSW North Coast has to offer, including Steve Russell on keyboards, Jim Kelly on Guitar, Greg Lyon on Bass, Dave Sanders on Drums and with Martha Baartz’s astonishing saxophone, Karen’s debut album, Carry Me Away is both a culmination of her personal musical journey and an indication that Australian jazz is still very much alive and well.

As Karen’s silky yet assertive voice has matured, it has become nicely frayed at the edges—picked up those coffee stains and cigarette burns you need to be a convincing jazz diva. Her musical journey has followed the tried and true path from musicals to pop to blues and jazz and her expressions of her own journey are where it’s all at for her now. Karen’s melodies will resonate with anyone of any age who has lived a little, but there is something of the ingénue that remains in the lyrics, a kind of sweet-natured refusal to accept the blues premise that things—and people—can always get worse. Hovering around the edges of the lush instrumentals and honeyed vocals of this debut is an endearing refusal to grow up, an adolescent fighting spirit that speaks to love and loss, the birds and bees—life and all that jazz.

Lyrics

Wrap it up

Written By: Karen Hanna

It’s time to wrap it up and put it away in my cupboard,
Somewhere I won’t see it every day
Unlock all the doors and open the windows
Let it blow me away………….

I’ll have to close it down and gather the pieces,
They’re scattered everywhere,
Turn my head and walk away and don’t disturb it
Don’t even look that way

Don’t look that way, don’t pay it no attention
Lock it away, yeah that is my intention
Wrap it up….Wrap it up.

Perhaps I’ll wrap it up and put it away in my pocket
Take it with me everywhere I go
Keep a secret smile and when no one is watching
Let it carry me away
Carry me away, carry me away, carry me away

No don’t pay it no attention
Lock it away, yeah that is my intention
Wrap it up……Wrap it up.

Swoon

Written By: Karen Hanna

Pour it on in
Fill my honey pot to the brim
Ooh the sweetness you bring
When you pour, you pour it on in

Pour it on in,
Fill my honey pot to the brim
I swoon as soon as you begin
When you pour, you pour it on in.

Oh don’t you tease me, come on now and please me
In that way that you do,
Don’t keep me waiting or anticipating
You know what I’m needing from you.

Pour it on in
Fill my honey pot to the brim
Ooh the sweetness you bring
When you pour, you pour it on in.

Singing Sadly

Written By: Karen Hanna

She feels her anger rising,
Though she will smile and say that everything is fine,
She’ll be compromising,
Although her heart knows he’s the only way to find,
The love she needs so badly
The love that takes her to another place and time
She’ll be singing sadly,
She knows she will never occupy his mind.

Oh how her heart is sinking,
Falling fast down to the bottom of the sea,
She knows she should be thinking,
Just take what destiny has deemed is meant to be.
To be the best that she can,
And let her heart be filled with others there to find,
She’ll be singing sadly,
She knows he will be forever on her mind.

Oh how she’s aching, its clear her heart is breaking
She wants him so badly she just can’t go on
Oh how she’s hurting, she sees how he’s flirting
She wants him so badly, she just can’t go on.

She walks for hours and hours
Until the morning light illuminates the sky
The tears are freely flowing and
In her mind she knows it’s got to be the time,
The time to let the pain go,
The time to smile and say that everything is fine
Stop her singing sadly
Though he will always forever on her mind.

Heatwave

Written By: Karen Hanna

Heatwave is over;
Storm blew my cover;
Definitely cooler, now winds have blown.
I thought that heatwave would go on forever
But every heatwave is followed by rain.

Bright skies have faded;
Colours less vibrant;
Definitely paler now you’re not here
I thought those bright skies would go on forever
But now those bright skies are shrouded by rain
Since you’ve been gone, all I see is grey.

I guess I’ll get used to life without you
I’ll learn to see colours once again

The dancing is over, the band has stopped playing
Definitely quieter since you are gone
I thought our dancing would go forever
But even dancing is followed by rain
Since you’ve been gone, all I see is rain

Gillian's Blues

Written By: Karen Hanna

Tell me Doctor, what news have you today?
Tell me Doctor, Am I gonna go away?
Tell me Doctor, What did you find?
Tell me Doc, I’m going out of my mind
Tell me Doctor, oh give me the news
It alright I’ve already got the blues
Tell me Doctor, Tell me Doctor….

Tell me Doctor is it good news or bad,
Tell me Doctor, cause its driving me mad,
Tell me Doctor, what is there to do?
Tell me Doctor, have I one year or two?
Tell me Doctor, stop wasting my time,
Tell me Doctor, what exactly did you find
Tell me Doctor, Tell Me Doctor….

I know your job is that easy to do?
Going round giving people the blues
I know these things aren’t that easy to say
But you gotta tell me anyway

I know your job is that easy to do?
Going round giving people the blues
I know these things aren’t that easy to say
But you gotta tell me anyway

Tell me Doctor how bad’s it gonna get
Tell me Doctor can I smoke my cigarettes
Tell me Doctor can I still drink my beer
Tell me Doctor, Doc lend me your ear
Tell me Doctor, I‘ve got places to be
Things to do and people to see
Tell me Doctor, Tell me Doctor

Tell me Doctor, Tell me Doctor

With You

Written By: Karen Hanna

Woke this morning with you on my mind
In the mirror, I smile I find,
On my lips…the sweet taste of you,
In my heart, warm glow

Sunlight streaming…warming my bones,
Strongest feeling, finally found my home,
With you, sweet darling, with you, with you.

Never thought I feel this kind of love,
Every night I thank the stars above,
That I found someone like you
You have made my dreams come true.

Arms to hold me, safe and secure,
Voice to soothe me, so deep and so pure,
Kiss so fine, it blows my mind,
I cant wait to be with you.

Never thought I feel this kind of love,
Every night I thank the stars above,
That I found someone like you
You have made my dreams come true.

I’m on my way, to be with you
I’m on my way to be with you
I never thought I’d feel this love
I thank the stars above
(With you)
Ooh I’m with you (With you)
On my way with you (With you)
With you
I’m on my way; I’m almost there with you.

Discography

"Carry Me Away". Independently recorded and produced at Nashua Rd Recording Studio in the Byron Bay Hinterland, the album is getting plenty of radio play and getting great reviews.

Tracks getting significant radio play include:
Gillian's Blues
I got your message
Trouble

Set List

Live performances feature a blend of beautifully crafted original tunes, favourite jazz standards, soulful blues & blissful ballads.