Karen's memorable melodies and heartfelt lyrics are inspired by artists like Aimee Mann, Keane, Neil Finn, Patty Griffin, Jason Isbell, and others. "In my music, I strive to keep uncovering what is just under the surface," Karen said. "I hope that when I get it right, a song of mine can make someone feel less alone. I'm always aiming to do what my musical heroes have done for me—to give voice to what it means to be alive." After a 20-year hiatus from music-making to raise her children, Karen returned to songwriting during the pandemic, when life became quiet, and she could hear her soul's call.
A Los Angeles native who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Karen was a musical sponge in her formative teen years, taking in all the music she could get her hands on. This led to guitar and piano lessons so that she could learn the songs of her idols. She performed in several bands in college and was part of an acoustic duo in the 1990s called "Stranger Than Fiction."
"Karen Turner's lovingly detailed songs evoke emotion like photo albums," said Rob Seals, founder, and director of the Songwriting School of Los Angeles. In a voice made for vinyl, she sings with all the ache and affection essential memories demand. Her songs help us move through the sepia and blue of our past to a present where our strength is necessary and possible. I am a fan."