Karen Brooks (born April 30, 1954) is an American singer and writer who is best known for a series of singles recorded by Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker, Russell Smith, David Allen Coe, Crystal Gayle and Exile. She won a Grammy for her contribution to the soundtrack for the Sesame Street movie Follow That Bird. She sang a duet with Johnny Cash, "I Will Dance With You", and also with T. G. Sheppard, "Faking Love", which was a number-1 hit for three weeks on the Billboard country chart in February 1983. She also had a number of top 40 songs as a recording artist on Warner Bros. Records.
Brooks was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1954. She attended Justin F. Kimball High School with schoolmate Stevie Ray Vaughan (Class of '72). She was formerly married to Gary P. Nunn, with whom she had one child, a son, Lukin Tolliver Nunn. Her mother, Lynn Brooks, was a make-up artist in the motion-picture industry. During the latter half of the 1970s and the early half of the 1980s, she lent her vocals to recordings by Jerry Jeff Walker, David Allan Coe, Steven Fromholz, Gary P. Nunn, Townes Van Zandt, Anne Murray and Emmylou Harris.
She remained a popular background singer for much of the late 1970s. She then headed to California to work alongside Rodney Crowell, where she eventually picked up a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. Both "New Way Out" and "Faking Love" hit the Top 20 of Billboard.
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1982||"New Way Out"||17||--||Walk On|
|1983||"If That's What You're Thinking"||21||--|
|1984||"Born to Love You"||40||--||Hearts on Fire|
|"Tonight I'm Here with Someone Else"||19||14|
|1985||"A Simple I Love You"||63||--|
|"I Will Dance with You" (with Johnny Cash)||45||--||I Will Dance with You|
|1992||"Baby I'm the One"||--||--||That's Another Story (with Randy Sharp)|
|"That's Another Story"||--||--|