KAREN SOUZA

KAREN SOUZA

Karen Souza began her career under various pseudonyms as she provided vocal support to a number of electronic music producers and was part of several International House hits on her label, Music Brokers. She can be found singing under these pseudonyms on albums such as Pacha Ibiza, FTV (FashionTV) and Privé.
Professional career:
The Jazz and 80's series of CDs brought Karen into the spotlight when she recorded her version of Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? by Culture Club in 2005. This was followed by her recording jazz versions of Radiohead's classic song Creep as well as Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode a year later on the following volume of the series, Jazz and 90s. Beatrice Ardisson of Naive chose Personal Jesus for inclusion in the 6th volume of her series Paris Dernière and requesting that Karen create further tracks in this vein for upcoming projects. Karen's label took note of this interest and in 2007 she appeared on two different albums. The first was yet another volume of jazz versions, this time titled Jazz and 80s Vol. 2 where she sang on the tracks Every Breath You Take (originally by The Police) and a duo with fellow vocalist Jamie Lancaster in their version of the king of pop, Michael Jackson's immortal Billie Jean. She also participated in a Brazilian project titled Brazilian Chill Sessions where she recorded a version of Corcovado (Quiet Night of Quiet Stars) written by Antonio Carlos Jobim. In 2008 she joined the same production team in the studio once again and recorded two tracks for the album Jazz and 70s, Wake Up and Make Love With Me by Ian Dury and The Blockheads as well as Have You Ever Seen the Rain? by Creedence Clearwater Revival. She also began to play some small gigs at private corportate events in Sao Paolo, Brazil and in Caracas, Venezuela. In mid 2009 she went back and recorded New Year's Day by U2 for the third volume of the Jazz and 80s titles along with a rendition of Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes. She does not appear on the last title of this series, Jazz and Beatles which was released in 2010 as she began to develop her solo career at that time, though she did record a version of Strawberry Fields with Rafael Basurto of Los Panchos for the album Nü Cubana which was released by her label in mid 2010. Karen's live performances are played with the accompaniment of three musicians with whom she makes up the Cooltrane Quartet, in a play on words and homage to John Coltrane, one of the greatest jazz musicians ever. She is accompanied onstage by a pianist, drummer and bass guitarist. In 2010 she traveled to LA several times to begin recording her own material, the first track which is titled "Lie To Me" was released as a bonus track in the ITunes deluxe edition of her eponymous album, Karen Souza Essentials. She worked with famed lyricist Pam Oland during her visit and may have more tracks to be released soon, though no others have appeared yet.