So psyched to be back in cyberspace - gigs coming up in NYC at The Beach Cafe on Friday 1/25 & First Acoustics in Brooklyn with Those Girls on Valentine's Day, and all-new TG shows at The Laurie Beechman Theatre and Pangea
later this Spring, so hope you'll stay tuned
Please weigh in on what you think, what you'd like to see more of, etc. This site's gonna feature info about my solo & producing mack-inations, as well as some shout outs on coming events with talented pals you should know about. For all the scoop on what's up with my vocal group Those Girls, visit http://www.thosegirlssing.com
"There are no bad ideas - just good ideas that went horribly wrong." - A. Lincoln (or maybe Ghandi or Brendan Fraser)
Karen is an eight-time MAC Award winner for vocal performance and songwriting, as well as for her current vocal harmony work in NYC pop vocal group Those Girls (thosegirlssing.com), and for 12+ years prior with talented singer/songwriter Michael Holland as half of the pro vocal duo that brought the acclaimed & ridiculous retropop series “Gashole!” to the world. LGNY says “in addition to her sense of humor, she has the kind of voice one longs to hear…her flawless placement, appealing style and dead on performance are electrifying!” and The Village Voice echoed “Mack can sock anything with a rock beat out of the ballpark.” Karen was part of the 25th Anniversary Gala for the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, Handel’s “Messiah Rocks - A Joyful Noise” at NJPAC.and was featured in the UK premier of “Brenda Bly, Teen Detective”, and “Build Me A Bridge - The Music of Miller and Hammonds” at the Bridewell Theater in London’s West End. Club appearances include Town Hall, Symphony Space, B.B. Kings, The Bottom Line, Caroline’s, The Fez, The Bitter End, and numerous college keggers. As a songwriter, she was acknowledged for her debut CD "Take That" (Miss Prim Records) in a cover story by Show Business Weekly on promising writers on the rise, in prestigious, well-established company that included Julie Gold (From A Distance), Amanda McBroom (The Rose), and John Bucchino (Grateful).
Always drawn to rich and complex vocal harmony, Karen was a performing member and co-managing partner of DOO-WA-ZOO, a five-part contemporary a cappella group with a pop/rock repertoire of original compositions and creative covers back before Pentatonix ruled the aca-earth. Featured on the nationally broadcast VH1 special "Takin' It to the Streets", the vocal band headlined at major venues on the east coast such as The Bottom Line, The Bitter End, The Ironhorse, New England Conservatory, Princeton University, Penn State University, and the 92nd St. Y, NYC. All members of the group were contributing writers and arrangers. Their independently produced EP "Onomatopoeia" is considered among the best in contemporary a cappella by TAXI Independent A&R (LA), as well as the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA), and continues to enjoy national and international airplay.
And if you don't care so much about music, but are into quality baked goods, be sure to friend her on FB before October when her daily baking and posting for National Cookie Month begins (yes, that's a real thing.)
My first CD produced by the ever awesome Michael Holland back when I fancied myself an eclectic acoustic rock star (also avail. digitally at iTunes & CDbaby.com, but from me you get old school "hold it in your hand" and maybe a surprise or 2...)
"It's a sound you want to hear fronting a first-rate band, and that's just what she's got behind her... Mack can knock anything with a rock beat out of the ballpark... Besides being naturally funny, she's so generous she passes out song sheets that supply songwriters' names and their Web sites."
D. Finkle - The Village Voice
"In addition to her sense of humor, she has the kind of voice one longs to hear... her flawless placement, appealing style and dead on performance are electrifying... she'll give you chills she's that good!"
C. Byrne, LGNY
"Like bolt lightning, she electrified the stage from opening to encore... she sounds like a combination of Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks - the perfect vocal instrument for rock, country, and all points in between. Can this gal sing!"
J. Hoglund - Backstage
"I'll say it up front: Do not miss this show! Mack's voice has a precision and purity of tone that's nothing short of stunning... It's a satisfying breath of fresh musical air.”
John Michael Koroly - Whitney Radio/WVOX
"A sterling instrument! She has unerring good taste in her musical choices and wisely lets the lyric speak for her in simple and understated interpretations.”
David Hurst, Show Business
”Mack's voice is a thing of beauty with a rich, lush, inviting tone that somehow works equally well belting rock standards or performing the most frivolous of the era's love ballads.” Mona Finston - Cabaret Hotline