Karen Staley

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Karen Staley
Born Weirton, West Virginia[1]
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1984-present
Labels MCA
Warner Bros.
Associated acts Patty Loveless

Karen Staley (born in Weirton, West Virginia) is an American country music singer-songwriter.

Staley was raised in Georgetown, Beaver County, Pennsylvania,[2] and was inspired to write songs after reading through the hymnals at her local church. She continued to do so while at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She took a job at a children's home, before moving to Los Angeles, California to sign with a contemporary Christian music label which went out of business before she could release anything.[3]

After winning a talent competition put on by the Wheeling Jamboree, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she wrote three songs on Patty Loveless's self-titled debut album. She signed to MCA Records in 1989, releasing the album Wildest Dreams, which produced two low-charting singles.[3]

In the mid-late 1990s, Staley wrote "The Keeper of the Stars" for Tracy Byrd, and "Take Me as I Am" and "Let's Go to Vegas" for Faith Hill. She released Fearless in 1998 for Warner Bros. Records.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details
Wildest Dreams
Fearless

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[1]
1988 "So Good to Be in Love" 86 Wildest Dreams
1989 "Now and Then" 87
1998 "Somebody's Child" Fearless
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 244. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Staley to perform at arts festival". Beaver County Times. 11 June 1979. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Karen Staley biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 

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