|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|1||Professor Strut||8||Audio||1989||Delmark Records|
Karen Carroll, singer, songwriter, musician, Chicago native, started singing in church at 6. She was taught singing theory by masters Robert Allen and Uncle, Nate Griffin was her vocal coach. Karen opened for Lonnie Brooks, Albert King and The Freeman Bros very early in her career. It goes without saying that all along her career, she has been supported by her mother Jeanne Carroll (respected, world wide Jazz artist), with whom she had her first professional gig. Since the early 80's she has appeared with Katie Webster, Albert King, Carey and Lurrie Bell, Rudy Rotta, Otis Grand, Willie Kent, Steve "Big Man" Clayton, Alvin Lee, Mongo Jerry, Mississippi Heat, Buddy Guy, Deitra Farr, Bonnie Lee, Eddie Clearwater, Sammie Fender, Eddie Shaw, Angela Brown, Billy Branch, Melvin Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Byther Smith, Johnny B. Moore, Sugar Blue, Buddy Miles, Zora Young and many more musical wonders. Singing gospel since her childhood she is an authentic performer of The Great American Deep Blues. Appearing twice at The Chicago Blues Festival; in 2008 at the request of blues master B.B. King. Karen turned to Europe in 1998, touring with many different bands, creating and leading some. Today she works solo or with different groups, always provokeing a stormy applause from the audience.
Works include “Had My Fun”, “Talk To The Hand”, “Professors Strutt”, “Women of Blue Chicago”, “Chicago’s Finest Blues Women” and “Stock Yard Strutt”. In Europe Karen created "Be My Guest", "Live in Coburg", "Live in Olesnica" and "Ghetto Love" (all her originals) keeping her in the limelight. She also appears on many compilation Cd’s of Blues, Jazz and Gospel.
She lives quietly in Germany near her mother who is still touring at the grand age of 80. Karen loves Koolaid, old fashion candy, reading, collecting books and computer games. Making time to visit her family and friends in the U.S. during down time. Karen is now a grandmother of 6 who keep her funk and spirit, fresh and hip. Putting God first and serving family, friends and fans, keep her pumping out that soulful groove. There is only one Karen Carroll, a true, free loving spirit that will forever be a musical legand.
Carroll is today working on a new CD, showcasing a combination of blues, jazz, gospel and inspirational tracks, all her own creations. She wrote, produced, played, sings, holds all copy-writes and will publish this production herself. She's one busy OG who will always have and be the blues.