Karen Lovely shot onto the blues scene out of the Pacific Northwest like Stack O' Lee's .44 placing 2nd at the 2010 International Blues Challenge followed by three 2011 Blues Music Award Nominations for BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES FEMALE ARTIST, BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM and BEST SONG for her sophomore release STILL THE RAIN.
With the release of her newest album TEN MILES OF BAD ROAD (released 10/13/15), Lovely has established herself as a singer/songwriter with a style uniquely her own. She's been nominated for a prestigious 2016 Blues Music Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist" and in December, won a 2015 Blues411 "Jimi" Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist."
Lovely is a two time “#1 Pick to Click” artist on XM Radio Bluesville and was selected as a 2014 Featured Blues Artist of the Year by KJZZ FM in Los Angeles. Lovely’s records have topped the national blues and roots charts and made the Top 10 favorite artist list for dozens of nationally syndicated radio stations.
Known for her passionate, driven performances, this powerhouse vocalist delivers a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Lovely's standout performances have garnered awards and critical acclaim at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
"Lovely’s style begins from sources within such classic blues singers as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and, like Janis Joplin before her, she has translated those influences into an utterly gripping, contemporary style of her own."
- Don Heckman (former music critic NY Times, LA Times, Village Voice)
2016 Muddy Award Winner "Performance of the Year"
2016 Blues Music Award Nominee "Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist"
2016 Blues Blast Nominee "Best Female Artist"
2016 Willamette Weekly "Best of Portland" 2nd Place Winner
2015 Blues411 Winner "Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist"