Karen Jacobsen

Karen Jacobsen

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Whether Karen Jacobsen is speaking, singing, hosting an event or a segment on a television show, everything about her commands your attention. Her songs are catchy, melodic, timeless pop, kind of like Billy Joel would sing if he were a tall, blond Australian woman...also known as "Australian Karen".

Biography

“…be prepared to lose your heart to Jacobsen,
or at the very least, leave singing her lovely, melody-driven songs.” New York Press

Her voice may be familiar to you, and she just might be giving you directions in your car all day every day. She is "Australian Karen", the Aussie voice (and one of the most popular) in the Garmin GPS system in millions of cars worldwide.

When Karen Jacobsen walks on stage you know she belongs there. She has the looks of a model, the presence of a superstar, and then you hear her voice - that "never-seen-a-cigarette-in-her-life-voice". Whether she is speaking, singing, hosting an event or a segment on a television show, everything about her commands your attention.

Her songs are catchy, melodic, timeless pop, kind of like Billy Joel would sing if he were a tall, blonde Australian woman.

Now New York based, Karen has shared the stage with Norah Jones, Christopher Cross, Jars of Clay, Three Dog Night, Deborah Cox, Cyndi Lauper, Spyro Gyra and her songs have been heard on Dawson's Creek and NBC.

Karen has performed across the US, Australia, Germany, England, Malaysia and Thailand alone at the grand piano, with a full band and a capella singing the anthem at major sporting events.

She has appeared on network television in the US and Australia as a performer and host, her speaking voice is used in voice systems worldwide, and her latest record "Kissing Someone Else" was released on Kurly Queen in January 2007 with a performance at Joe's Pub in New York City. Kissing Someone Else was named in the Top 25 CDs for 2007 by Indie-Music.com.

Karen's life is all about making a difference and doing it now. The music video for her new single Melting Moments was inspired by her experience in Zambia, Africa performing for 250 children living in extreme poverty, and includes footage of that performance.

She proudly combines her charity work with her music, believing if we focus on our similarities instead of our differences, we will live in a world that works for everyone.

From Australia...

Originally from Mackay, a country town in the tropics near Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Karen performed in her first concert at the age of five and has rarely been off the stage since. At seven, with a longing to have curly hair, she wrote the song "Kurly Queen" which is now the name of her record label. Karen sang the entire soundtrack of Grease into her hairbrush in front of the mirror, learned classical piano and was drawn to musical theatre, the pure pop of Abba and her childhood idol Olivia Newton-John. Winning a local song contest at the age of thirteen, Karen's dream of a career in music felt within reach.

Classically trained in piano and voice and flirting with jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Karen was working as a jingle singer and live performer as often as she was in college classes.

Relocating to Australia's largest city, Sydney, Karen landed a role in the Australian version of the Broadway show Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, singing the Star Spangled Banner 220 times in the six month run. Regular national television appearances followed, including Good Morning Australia, Midday and a twelve-part series of the game show "I Do I Do". Karen's days were busy as a jingle and voice over artist, while she continued to write and play live up to five nights a week.

Although her life was settled and successful, in 2000 Karen was ready to fulfill her long held dream to move to America. She recorded the piano/vocal album "As I Am", sold everything, and arrived in New York City on July 4th, 2000. Karen loves that there are fireworks for her every year on that anniversary.

To New York City...

Karen immediately began performing at The Bitter End, and was soon touring clubs and colleges throughout the U.S.

Making her U.S. Network Television Debut, Karen performed at the Mohegan Sun Arena for the NBC-TV Special Dare to Dream 2002: A Concert for Hope, also featuring Uncle Kracker, Jars of Clay, Dave Mason and Spyro Gyra. Karen co-wrote the theme song, and NBC-TV aired the concert nationally, with Karen closing the star-studded extravaganza, and Access Hollywood describing the song as "Wonderful writing ...simple and clear and from the heart."

Karen's song "Supposed To Say" was used for the worldwide DVD release of the hit-TV series Dawson's Creek, her first US licensing deal.

Her first performance of The Star Spangled Banner on American soil was to a sellout crowd at Fenway Park in Boston. Madison Square Garden, Dodger Stadium and many other major sporting events followed, with a performance for 80 000 people at a New York Jets game at Giants Stadium being a career highlight.

She won the Abe Olman Scholarship for Excellence in Songwriting presented by the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, placed in a zillion song contests, and has appeared on the main stage at LA, Jersey City, Delaware & Ottawa Pride Festivals.

Recording and releas

Lyrics

Strong Woman

Written By: Karen Jacobsen

STRONG WOMAN

Remember the days when you were small
And everything seemed far too high above
I recall, how in time I’d do it all
Despite the fear of failure that I would overcome
You’d better believe it baby
What you’re gonna see

A STRONG WOMAN is what I see and hear
A STRONG WOMAN will soon be standing here
And you know that a STRONG WOMAN
Is what I aspire to find
But she will only be strong if she’s allowed to shine
Yes she will only be strong if she’s allowed to shine

Don’t hold her back for another day
She’s ready now of that you can be sure
If I can stay as focused as I am today
The key is in my hand and I can see the door
It’s opening up now baby
Are you ready to see?

CHORUS

You’d better believe it baby
You can be free
It’s opening up now baby
Are you ready to see?

A STRONG WOMAN is what I see and hear
A STRONG WOMAN will soon be standing here
And you know that a STRONG WOMAN
Is what I aspire to find
But she will only be strong if she’s allowed to shine
Yes she will only be strong if she’s allowed to shine

Here In My Heart

Written By: Karen Jacobsen

HERE IN MY HEART

I don’t want to have this conversation
I know where it’s going to lead
Leaving today
My thoughts are screaming
Silence prevails
I will miss you so
I wish I could tell you

I’m not very good with goodbyes
Just hold me close
So you can’t see the tears in my eyes
Though we’ll be apart
You are with me
You are HERE IN MY HEART

You opened my imagination
Now I have incredible dreams
Of how it will be
When we’re together
How it will feel
We already know
Connected from soul to wandering soul

CHORUS

Heart to heart
Far, far away
Time will pass
But until we farewell
We cannot be together again

I’m not very good with goodbyes
Just hold me close
So you can’t see the tears in my eyes
Though we’ll be apart
You are with me
You are HERE IN MY HEART

Your Body Over Mine

Written By: Karen Jacobsen

YOUR BODY OVER MINE

You’re in Chicago and I’m in L.A. for a show
Maybe tomorrow will be the day
We’re meant to be together again
And it’s been so cold
Alone in my hotel bed
And it’s been so clear
That I don’t want to spend another moment without

Your face, your skin YOUR BODY OVER MINE
If you could only hear my deepest thoughts of you
There’s be no mistaking
Which way we’re headed to

I lost my perspective while living my life on the road
The way I remember you wanted to love me
But how you didn’t know
And it’s been so hard
To try to get you out of my mind
And it’s been so long
Since I have let myself need anybody’s

Face or skin or BODY OVER MINE
If you could only hear my deepest thoughts of you
There’d be no mistaking
Which way we’re headed to

So cold
So clear
That I don’t want to spend another moment without

Your face, your skin YOUR BODY OVER MINE
If you could only hear my deepest thoughts of you
There’s be no mistaking
Which way we’re headed to

Your face, your skin, YOUR BODY OVER MINE
Your voice, your lips, your touch
Your face, your skin, YOUR BODY OVER MINE

Melting Moments

Written By: Karen Jacobsen

I had a plan
But again I let it go
I’m not afraid of making a choice
I need to know the truth
Can you help me to find what is lost inside?

My life is a tomb
Of endless broken dreams
Why am I back
At the very beginning
I thought I had it all
Am I losing the reason I started?

If it’s not for the love of being here
If it’s not for the passion every day
If it’s not for the joy of MELTING MOMENTS
I’m not gonna stay

Would you stop with the talk?
There are many simple ways
Somehow despite all the obvious roads
I have managed to wind up in some peculiar maze
Of thoughts moving me somewhere silent
CHORUS

Gotta get my head around
Being so badly let down
Oh when will I see the sun

Time is a curse
It’s supposed to make it pass
Me, I can wait
Though my patience is thin
I refuse to lose my faith
I have made it this far
No I will not falter
CHORUS

Karen Jacobsen
© Kurly Queen (SESAC)

Kissing Someone Else

Written By: Karen Jacobsen

You don’t want to talk about tomorrow
So we don’t
And even though there are things that should be said
We know they won’t
I walk out the door
We never settle up the score

And now I’m KISSING SOMEONE ELSE
And I don’t even know myself
Anymore
And when his lips were touching mine
All I could think about is
Why why why why why
We live this lie

I can understand your situation
To a tee
Not that long ago you know the transitioning one
Was me
But it’s time we start
To deal with matters of the heart
CHORUS

I don’t have the answer
The question isn’t clear
And this uncertainty is hard for me

I won’t be the first to say I love you
But I do
I couldn’t stand the silence if you didn’t
Love me too
So I’ll play it cool
Until I know it’s safe to tell you

I was KISSING SOMEONE ELSE
And I don’t even know myself
Anymore
When his lips were touching mine
All I could think about is
Why why why why why
We live this lie lie lie lie lie
Oh tell me why why why why why
Do we live this lie?

Karen Jacobsen
© Kurly Queen (SESAC)

I Believe In This Man

Written By: Karen Jacobsen

It isn’t easy
There are mountains to climb
You have your cross to bear
I know I have mine
We’ll find our way and as it all becomes clear
Joy is replacing my fear

I wandered onto a tumultuous road
I was weary from the weight of the load
Then I remembered
I am holding your hand
And we are sharing the life we planned

I BELIEVE IN THIS MAN
I believe in this love
In the beauty of his spirit
And the strength of his word
I believe in this chance
And I’m willing to take it as far as we can
I BELIEVE IN THIS MAN

I thought I’d worry through this
Life all alone
To my surprise now I don’t have to make it
All on my own
My faith is strong
And my misgivings are gone
CHORUS

He is there when I need him
It is almost like breathing
To give this man
To give this love
My all

CHORUS

Karen Jacobsen
© Kurly Queen (SESAC)

Discography

Karen Jacobsen - Kissing Someone Else (2007)
Karen Jacobsen - Your Body Over Mine: The Remixes (2006)
Karen Jacobsen - Here In My Heart (2004)
Karen Jacobsen - Being Brave (2002)
Karen Jacobsen - As I Am (2000)

Compilations:

Seasons of Light (2007)
The Holidays at Home (2007)
MS MusicFest Compililation for the Montell Williams Foundation (2006)
Gina for Missing Persons Compilation (2005)
GoGirls! Music Compilation (2004)
Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcase Vol 2 (2004)
Home Compilation for Children International (2002)

Set List

Kissing Someone Else
So Fast
Melting Moments
I Believe In This Man
Amazing
The River of My Life
Merry Go Round
Leave Your Love Behind
Afterthought
It's Time To Say Goodbye
Strong Woman
London Town
Your Body Over Mine