Karen Patricia Lovely (born November 23, 1959) is an American electric blues singer and songwriter. Lovely has released three albums to date, with her most recent being Ten Miles of Bad Road (2015). She was a nominee at the 2016 Blues Music Awards as "Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year".
Karen Lovely, who was born in Massachusetts, United States, is the eldest of nine siblings and initially sang in the local church choir. In 1987, she relocated to London, England, where she gave her first public performance, before returning to Los Angeles six months later. Lovely started singing the blues professionally in September 2007 and released her debut album, Lucky Girl, in November 2008. Lovely and her band claimed second place in the band category, at the 2010 International Blues Challenge. Her 2010 offering, Still the Rain, was also released by Pretty Pear Records. She and her band have appeared at the Waterfront Blues Festival, the Britt Festival, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show.
Her most recent album is Ten Miles of Bad Road (2015), which was recorded at Ultratone Studios in Studio City, California. Her backing comprised Johnny Lee Schell and Alan Mirikitani on guitar, James "Hutch" Hutchinson on bass, Jim Pugh on piano and keyboards, with Tony Braunagel on drums and record production. There was a guest appearance by Kim Wilson on harmonica. The 13 tracks included 12 original songs written by Lovely, Dave Fleschner, Vyasa Dodson, Alan Mirikitani and Dennis Walker. The title track was inspired by Curtis Salgado, who also shared the songwriting credits with Lovely and Fleschner.
Lovely is currently touring across North America, with concert dates scheduled for Switzerland in April 2017.
|2008||Lucky Girl||Pretty Pear Records|
|2010||Still The Rain||Pretty Pear Records|
|2014||Prohibition Blues||Sounds Lovely Records|
|2015||Ten Miles of Bad Road||Kokako Records|