Whether singing from the heart or cracking jokes about the ups and downs of romance, Karen Gross keeps it real.
A classy, sassy cabaret singer, songwriter, and comedienne, Karen charms audiences with her warmth, wit, and gorgeous, heartfelt voice. One of Philadelphia’s most popular performers since 2001, Karen recently put down roots in New York City and is quickly making her mark in that city’s thriving cabaret scene.
Karen regularly performs at prestigious music venues and private events. Performance highlights include:
- Lincoln Center, New York City
- NYC cabaret institutions The Metropolitan Room, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and Don't Tell Mama
- Featured entertainer at a private party launching the sale of Frank Sinatra's NYC penthouse
- Special guest for celebrated comedian Robert Klein and hit songwriter Lisa Loeb
- The Philadelphia area's premier venues including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, World Café Live, Sellersville Theater, Tin Angel, and Cabaret at Odette’s
Karen recently debuted her new show “Cabaret Mixtape” at NYC’s prestigious venue The Metropolitan Room. Directed by Lina Koutrakos, with musical direction by Rick Jensen, "Cabaret Mixtape" is a musical homage to one of the quintessential pastimes of the 1980s and '90s. Karen revisits and reimagines the songs, the stories, and the memories associated with mixtape-making -- from Lilith Fair to lite rock, hair metal to boy bands.
Karen is the creator and star of the comedic cabaret show “Sex & the Single Singer,” which entertained sold-out audiences for over five years. She also created a cabaret tribute show to legendary Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. Karen debuted the show to a sold-out audience at Mr. Hammerstein's historic, longtime home, Highland Farm, in Doylestown, PA (also Karen’s hometown).
Among other radio stations, Karen’s music airs on Philadelphia's acclaimed WXPN. She has been featured extensively in The Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as in Philadelphia Style Magazine, the Jewish Exponent, Cabaret Scenes, the Princeton Packet, and BUCKS Life Magazine. She has performed live on the NBC 10! Show and been featured on Channel 6ABC and on KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia.
Karen has recorded with three Grammy Award-winning producers: Glenn Barratt, Patrick Robinson, and Jim Cravero. Her music is available on iTunes, www.cdbaby.com, www.amazon.com and at www.karengross.com.