Karen Smith is one of Jamaica’s leading Jazz vocalists and versatile entertainers. Her love of singing and performing comes across when she is on stage, as she delights in interacting with her audience, exuding genuine warmth and charm.
A Distinguished Past Student of St. Hugh’s High School, Karen holds a degree in business from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Prior to pursuing her passion for singing in earnest in 1986, she worked for three years at the National Commercial Bank, Jamaica. She sang many radio and television advertising jingles from 1984 to 1992.
Karen performs at many of the major hotels on Jamaica’s North Coast, and has appeared three times on stage at Two Seasons Guest House – Jazz Treasures in June 2009, Treasure the Music in December of that year, and Treasure Beach Jazz Escape 2010. She has been the opening act for international artistes such as James Ingram, Natalie Cole, Chuck Mangione, Smokey Robinson and Harry Belafonte. Hers is the voice of Winds of Hope, recorded for Jamaica’s Olympic effort in 1992. Her CD, Reflections of Love, was produced by the Sly and Robbie, and Gitsy. A mix of Reggae, R&B and Hip-Hop it includes the former #1 hit, Oh Me Oh My.
She is a multi award-winning artiste, having won the Jamaica Music Industry Award (JAMI) for Jazz and Cabaret an unprecedented nine times and also many Jamaica Federation of Musicians Awards.
Married to legendary rock steady bassist Jackie Jackson, the couple was inducted into the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival Hall of Fame in June 2001. They have a daughter Courtni.
Karen will be on stage again at Two Seasons Guest House for Treasure Beach Jazz Escape, Saturday, June 18, 2011. Come for Jazz, stay for father’s day!
(Adapted from: http://encoreandmore.tumblr.com/Performer_Bios)
Photo credit: www.treasurebeach.net Karen performing at Treasure Beach Jazz Escape, June 2010 at Two Seasons Guest House.