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Karen Lee White / Bio

Karen Lee White

The intensity and passion of singer/songwriter Karen Lee White’s songs speak of a lifelong dedication to celebrating her roots and developing her art. Born in Grimsby, a small town near Lake Ontario, and now based in Victoria, British Columbia Karen is a proud descendant of the Tuscarora, Northern Salish and Celtic People and has been adopted by the Daklaweidi Wolf Clan of the Interior Tlingit /Tagish People. She has written and performed her own songs since the age of thirteen and played at many major Canadian music festivals and events, sharing stages with the likes of Pied Pumpkin’s Joe Mock and Rick Scott, African guitarist and singer Alpha Yaya Diallo, singer/songwriter Garnet Rogers and Dobro player Doug Cox.

Karen’s music is influenced stylistically by North American Roots Music: traditional country, blues, and folk in particular. She has also absorbed elements of musical styles encountered on her extensive world travels to countries such as Zimbabwe where she lived for three years among the Shona People.

On her CD, Dance Away, Karen gives luminous musical life to experiences from her journey through the world as a woman of Aboriginal/Celtic heritage. While her own personal circumstances and background inspire her songs, they deal with life themes significant to most of us. Delivered with a powerfully expressive voice and backed only by her intricate acoustic guitar work, Karen’s finely-wrought lyrics eloquently explore the pleasures and disappointments of loving relationships, the importance of roots and sense of place in our lives, and the possibility of finding spiritual meaning and joy in day to day existence. “I sing and write the songs from the very depths of myself, the way I would in a ceremony with a drum while singing a traditional song” says Karen, “But while there are definite Aboriginal and Celtic roots at the base of the tree of my songs, they can be and have been appreciated by people of all cultures.”

General Info

Artist Name
Karen Lee White
Home Page
Folk / Alternative / Aboriginal

Contact Info

Victoria, BC, CA

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