Karen Shadbolt

Karen Shadbolt

BandChristianSinger/Songwriter

Music with a message of hope delivered through original songs that both rock the stage and soothe the soul.

Biography

Karen Shadbolt is a singer, songwriter and musician whose main genre of music is contemporary Christian but some of her songs cross the line into mainstream. With positive lyrics, captivating melodies and energetic as well as soothing rhythms, her music appeals to audiences of all ages. Karen's original songs could best be described as a mixture of contemporary, country and folk. Early musical influences: Joni Mitchell, Judi Collins, Barbra Streisand, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Elton John, the Beatles. Karen learned to play piano at the age of 5 and guitar at the age of 12. She trained in songwriting at the Babbie Mason Songwriting Conference, Atlanta, GA in 1991; is a graduate (July 2001) of the vocal study of the Steve Hurst School of Music Ministry and Performance, Nashville and the Stamps-Baxter School of Music, Nashville (2004). She has also trained with well-known vocal coach Debbie Beinhorn. Karen spent 3-1/2 years in intensive training with Incubator Creative Group to further develop her ministry focus and vocal and songwriting skills, during which time she trained with vocal coach Dr. L. Scott Martin (Academy of the Arts, Denver).

In May 2009 Karen signed a music placement deal with Audiosocket, Inc. for a full catalog of the songs on her latest CD, "Better Day", for licensing opportunities. Also in May 2009 Karen's song "Who You Are" made it to the second round of judging in the Austin Songwriters Contest. Final judging has not taken place as of this writing. The song has gained recognition through extensive airplay on numerous internet radio stations around the world. Her latest CD release "Better Day" has gained positive reviews from both industry professionals and the average listener alike.

Lyrics

Who You Are

Written By: Karen Shadbolt

Who You are, not exactly who I thought You would be
Time has gone, and it's still a mystery to me

How You could calm the raging storm and open blinded eyes
How You could form the mountain range and make the sun to rise
And still look down with eyes of love on the likes of me
But that's who You are
Yes, it's who You are

Who You are, sometimes it's hard to explain
I have seen You're in both joy and in pain

I've been surrounded by compassion, I've been bathed in light
I have felt Your hand upon me in the dark of night
And even when my world is shaking You hold tight to me
'Cause that's who You are
Yes it's who You are

You are Lord of glory, You are King of kings
An all-consuming fire, the fountain of peace that keeps on giving

Who You are, it's what I'm longing to know
So I will wait as You continue to show, Who You are

I wanna know who You are
I need to know who You are
I wanna know who You are

I Won't Let Go

Written By: Karen Shadbolt

I'm trav'lin' down the road
And all my bags are packed with all my imperfections
I've evened out the score between the disappointments and all my broken dreams

But there's a new determination deep inside this heart of mine
And I won't let go, I won't let go

I won't let go even though it's hard to see
The path that lies ahead or the plan God has for me
Where this road may take me
There's just no way to know
But I won't let go

With memories inside me
Safely tucked away
I'll follow one more dream
With a mighty hand to guide me
I'll live my life believing
Even though I cannot see

'Cause there's a new determination
Deep inside this heart of mine
And I won't let go, I won't let go

I won't let go even though it's hard to see
The path that lies ahead or the plan God has for me
Where this road may take me
There's just no way to know
But I won't let go

(Repeat chorus)
(Tag)

Jesus, the One and Only

Written By: Karen Shadbolt

Deep inside the heart of every man, woman and child
There is a longing that consumes the very soul
No amount of riches in this world can satisfy
The deep, deep hunger that is like an empty hole

(Chorus)
But then comes Jesus, the One and Only
The giver of the peace and joy we seek
Oh, Jesus, the One and Only
He is all that we will ever need

He took upon Himself the sins of man and paid the price
Upon a cross and there He shed His precious blood
The Holy Son of God, the sinless Man of Sorrows
Suffering, just so He could spill the healing flood

(Chorus 2)
And this is Jesus, the One and Only
The giver of the peace and joy we seek
Yes this is Jesus, the One and Only
He is all that we will ever need

(Chorus 3)
And His name is Jesus, the One and Only
The giver of the peace and joy we seek
Yes His name is Jesus, the One and Only
He is all that we will ever need

(Tag)
Jesus, the One and Only
Jesus, the One and Only

God of Endless Grace

Written By: Karen Shadbolt

We’ve seen the fire and we have seen the rain
Darkness all around
Raging storms, clouds of mystery
With cries the only sound

But mystery is only the veil of Your glory
And soon Your glory will be revealed

(Chorus)
And we will see You face to face
Majesty and wonder in the Holy Place
Yes we will see You face to face
God of all creation, God of endless grace

Hidden things, secrets of Your throne
Are not for us to know
We cannot judge with wisdom of our own
The things You do not show

But mystery is only the veil of Your glory
And soon Your glory will be revealed

(Chorus)
And we will see You face to face
Majesty and wonder in the Holy Place
Yes we will see You face to face
God of all creation, God of endless grace

(Bridge)
One day we’ll rise on wings of eagles
And we will soar with you on high
These earthly chains will fin’lly free us
When we meet You in the sky

(Repeat Chorus)

Broken Bridges

Written By: Karen Shadbolt


Spend a lot of time these days thinkin’ about my home
Where the sound of the music plays while evening shadows roam
Yeah, the setting of the sun brings back the memories
Of a place called home

Don’t know why I left that day, it’s somethin’ I can’t explain
But the heart of a fool can’t tell the sunshine from the rain
And now I sit and wonder how this foolish heart
Will get past all the pain

(Chorus)
Oh, can someone tell me how to mend those broken bridges
Oh, it’s hard to find a way when I don’t deserve forgiveness
‘Cause all I left behind were wounds as deep as trenches
Now I’m lookin’ for a way to mend those broken bridges

Round and round and round it goes, like circles in my mind
The fear that these lonely days are all I’ll ever find
But facin’ all the ghosts of past mistakes
Is fear of a different kind

(Repeat Chorus)

(Bridge)
Maybe I’ll just leave my pride and take my chances
I’ve wasted so much precious time on present circumstances, Oh, Hmmm

Spend a lot of time these days thinkin’ about my home
And I know I just can’t be the same if I was to go
But the setting of the sun brings back the memories
Of a place called home

Keep On Livin'

Written By: Karen Shadbolt


I’ve been searchin’ for some solid ground to walk on
And a palce of refuge from a troubled world
But I’m not sure the safest place to be is all alone
I find that I’m not good here on my own

(Chorus)
So no more hiding behind walls of unforgiveness
No more locking up the windows of my heart
No more closing of the door to keep from feelin’
Oh, gotta keep on livin’

I can’t avoid the pain to keep from cryin’
Can’t hide from storms that are sure to come my way
And it’s only in the fire that the bitter turns to sweet
In that place where joy and sorrow meet

(Repeat Chorus)

(Bridge)
I don’t wanna miss the miracle
I wanna see all the mystery
I want everything, everything that’s meant for me

(Ad lib/ Repeat Chorus 2x w/ad lib)

Keep On Livin'

Written By: Karen Shadbolt

I've been searching for some solid ground to walk on
And a place of refuge from a trouble world
But I'm not sure the safest place to be is all alone
I find that I'm not good here on my own

(Chorus)
So no more hiding behind walls of unforgiveness
No more locking up the windows of my heart
And no more closing of the door to keep from feeling
Oh, I gotta keep on livin'

I can't avoid the pain to keep from crying
Can't hide from storms that are sure to come my way
And it's only in the fire that the bitter turns to sweet
In that place where joy and sorrow meet

(Repeat Chorus)

(Bridge)
I don't miss the miracle
I wanna see all the mystery
I want everything, everything
that's meant for me

(Repeat Chorus 2x, ad lib to end)

Discography

"Home", a 10-song CD of original songs written by Karen was released in 2003

"Better Day" -- 10 original tunes was released in September 2008

Set List

1. Jesus, the One and Only 2. Everything Good (cover) 3. Just A Closer Walk with Thee (cover) 4. Nothing but the Blood (cover) 5. Rock of Ages (orig) 6. I Won't Let Go (orig.) 7. Good and Faithful One (orig.) 8. Keep on Livin' (orig.) 9. Broken Bridges (orig.) 10. The Road Less Traveled (orig.) 11. God of Endless Grace (orig.) 12. Who You Are (orig.) Sets are typically 55-60 minutes. One set per concert event.