Karen Lee Batten

Karen Lee Batten

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    For Karen Lee Bat­ten, music is all about hon­esty. Every word she sings is filled with raw, gen­uine emo­tion, and this com­mit­ment to sin­cer­ity is at the heart of her new album, Cause a Scene.

    “I love real music,” Bat­ten explains. “Not that other gen­res aren’t real, but coun­try music just makes sense for me. What I’m singing has a mean­ing — it’s not just words leav­ing my mouth. When I sing I try to feel every word cre­at­ing an energy or emo­tion that I can only hope the audi­ence feels too. That’s my goal.”

    The British Columbia-based Bat­ten has con­sis­tently wowed audi­ences across the coun­try with her soar­ing and impec­ca­ble singing. She was a top ten final­ist on Cana­dian Idol, and she’s a three-time win­ner of the British Colum­bia Coun­try Music Association’s Female Vocal­ist of the Year award.

    Her voice shone on her debut album, 2006’s inde­pen­dently released Every Moment, which earned strong radio play across the coun­try. A video for the sin­gle “Hearts of the Run” found suc­cess at CMT Canada.

    Hav­ing honed her skills through her busy live sched­ule per­form­ing on many stages and Fes­ti­vals such as Cal­gary Stam­pede Nasvhille North 2009–20012— open­ing for record­ing artist such as Big & Rich, the Oakridge Boys, Lon­es­tar, Emer­son Drive, Aaron Lines, Ian Tyson, Deric Rut­tan, Gord Bam­ford and many more — she has hit a new artis­tic peak with Cause a Scene. The 11-song col­lec­tion includes con­tri­bu­tions from some of the industry’s finest song­writ­ing tal­ents, and Bat­ten co-wrote some of the mate­r­ial dur­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive ses­sions in Nashville.

    The album was recorded with pro­ducer John MacArthur Ellis (Bar­ney Ben­tall, Doc Walker, Rid­ley Bent, Tara Oram) and Canada’s finest play­ers. It definitely cap­tures a broad palette of styles and moods. This ranges from the heart­felt sweet­ness of “Life Worth Liv­ing” to the rowdy coun­try rock sass of lead sin­gle “Cause a Scene.” There’s even a cover of the Doo­bie Broth­ers’ smooth and soul­ful clas­sic “Minute by Minute.”

    “I love try­ing to pick notes that aren’t expected, and I love test­ing the waters of music by using dif­fer­ent rhythms than you might not usu­ally hear,” Bat­ten says of her fear­less approach. “Some­times I touch on top­ics that pull at heart­strings, but there are also times that I’m in the mood to rock out and write some­thing that gets the foot tap­ping and makes you want to dance, drink beer and go to a tail­gate party.”

    An explo­sive video for “Cause a Scene” directed by multi award win­ner Stephano Bar­beris, has been released in advance of the full-length album. With the song arriv­ing on radio, audi­ences can expect to hear a whole lot more from Bat­ten in the near future.

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    Event Type: Festival
    Location: Rockin' River Music Festival - 1125 Neilson St., Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
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