The Transformational
Alchemy of
Music as The Sonic Space
of the Human Heart

Karen set the stage for her music career with an innocent zest at the age of 2 when she begged her parents for piano lessons. At 14, a friend on her field hockey team inspired her to transition from piano to guitar by inviting her to join an all female band (Pangaea) that rocked audiences of teenagers on the East Coast including winning The Battle of The Bands in 1985. After recording her first LP while still in college, she began gigging and built a solid following in New York City. A few years later, at age 27, Karen was awarded a prize for The John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the single “On The Way Down.”

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Karen spent the next 15 years juggling a multi-faceted career and an extended period centered upon world travel and profound inner and outer exploration, which included spiritual inquiry, somatic healing and other cutting-edge psycho-emotional transformational practices. From these sources, Karen brings to every area of her work and life an original interpretation of the energies and ancient wisdom of China, India, Brazil, Thailand and New Zealand.

Her experiences culminated in the Vibration Project, a moving and imaginative body of work, both musical and visual, that invokes the listener’s soulful contemplation upon the courage of ordinary people as vehicles of transformation. Her debut music video, “You’re My Home” from the album was awarded Most Positive Video of 2012 in the Posi Music Awards.

Today Karen writes and performs in the San Francisco bay area where she dedicates her life to music, photography and philanthropy. Karen is also an award winning ethical entrepreneur and Ted Talk speaker and has appeared on Good Morning America.

Style and Influences

Karen’s style could be defined as Soulful Lyricism meets a female fronted Indie Rock sound that traverses decades of stylistic influences. One can hear traces of nostalgic sounds from the 60’s through the 90’s, with particular emphasis on the 70’s. With lyrical clarity, commanding guitar hooks and heart tugging melodies, her music has been likened to the sounds of Bonnie Raitt, The Cranberries, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Buckley, and Ani diFranco. Some of Karen’s early influences include Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd, Lisa Loeb, and The Beatles.

Style and Influences
Other Karen trivia includes:

Other Karen trivia includes:

Playing Day Tripper (including the guitar solo) to an audience of 800 just one month after learning to play the guitar, touring internationally, appearing on radio interviews, getting major airplay on radio stations throughout the US, and even having her songs played in films such as “Boys” with Winona Ryder and Lukas Haas. At the age of 16, Karen’s musical peers nicknamed her “Karen Zappa.” The lead singer in Karen’s all female high school band, Liz Mitchell went on to sing with singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb in college, where Karen ended up joining her and became inspired to write music and sing by listening to the duo in small venues at Brown. In 1995, after hearing Karen perform a solo version of her single “Angel” at a Robert Fripp (of King Crimson) workshop, the California Guitar trio invited Karen to open for them on their upcoming Italian tour.

The
Transformational
Alchemy of
Music as
The Sonic Space
of the
Human Heart

Karen set the stage for her music career with an innocent zest at the age of 2 when she begged her parents for piano lessons. At 14, a friend on her field hockey team inspired her to transition from piano to guitar by inviting her to join an all female band (Pangaea) that rocked audiences of teenagers on the East Coast including winning The Battle of The Bands in 1985. After recording her first LP while still in college, she began gigging and built a solid following in New York City. A few years later, at age 27, Karen was awarded a prize for The John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the single “On The Way Down.”

Karen Atkins Music

Karen spent the the next 15 years juggling a multi-faceted career and an extended period centered upon world travel and profound inner and outer exploration, which included spiritual inquiry, somatic healing and other cutting-edge psycho-emotional transformational practices. From these sources, Karen brings to every area of her work and life an original interpretation of the energies and ancient wisdom of China, India, Brazil, Thailand and New Zealand.

Other Karen trivia includes:

Her experiences culminated in the Vibration Project, a moving and imaginative body of work, both musical and visual, that invokes the listener’s soulful contemplation upon the courage of ordinary people as vehicles of transformation. Her debut music video, “You’re My Home” from the album was awarded Most Positive Video of 2012 in the Posi Music Awards.

Today Karen writes and performs in the San Francisco bay area where she dedicates her life to music, photography and philanthropy. Karen is also an award winning ethical entrepreneur and Ted Talk speaker and has appeared on Good Morning America.

Style and Influences

Karen’s style could be defined as Soulful Lyricism meets a female fronted Indie Rock sound that traverses decades of stylistic influences. One can hear traces of nostalgic sounds from the 60’s through the 90’s, with particular emphasis on the 70’s. Some of Karen’s early influences include Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd, Lisa Loeb, and The Beatles. With lyrical clarity, commanding guitar hooks and heart tugging melodies, her music has been likened to the sounds of Jewel, The Cranberries, The Sundays, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Buckley, and Ani diFranco.

Style and Influences

Other Karen trivia includes:

Playing Day Tripper (including the guitar solo) to an audience of 800 just one month after learning to play the guitar, touring internationally, appearing on radio interviews, getting major airplay on radio stations throughout the US, and even having her songs played in films such as “Boys” with Winona Ryder and Lukas Haas. At the age of 16, Karen’s musical peers nicknamed her “Karen Zappa.” The lead singer in Karen’s all female high school band, Liz Mitchell went on to sing with singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb in college, where Karen ended up joining her and became inspired to write music and sing by listening to the duo in small venues at Brown. In 1995, after hearing Karen perform a solo version of her single “Angel” at a Robert Fripp (of King Crimson) workshop, the California Guitar trio invited Karen to open for them on their upcoming Italian tour.