Karen Lee Batten

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Karen Lee Batten
Also known as Karen-Lee Batten (incorrect)
Origin Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Country, folk
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2003–present
Labels KLB Records Inc./Fontana North
Website KarenLeeBatten.com

Karen Lee Batten is a country music singer from British Columbia. In 2003 she reached the Top 11 Finals in season one of Canadian Idol, and her performance of "Come Away With Me" was featured on the Canadian Idol Greatest Moments album, which went Gold in Canada in 2004.[1] She released her debut album, Every Moment, in late 2005. On May 27, 2014, she released her second album Cause a Scene on Fontana North, which led to her winning Female Vocalist of the Year for the fourth time at the British Columbia Country Music Association Awards.[2]

Music career[edit]

Canadian Idol (2003)[edit]

Batten competed on the 2003 first season of Canadian Idol, which premiered on June 9, 2003.[3] As part the third group in the top 32 semifinals, she performed "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones. She then progressed to the Top 11, with the Final 11 contestants performing for various themed weeks. She performed "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles as their "Canadian hits" theme, and was one of three contestants eliminated that round.[3] The judges had randomly allowed a "wildcard" into the final ten, bringing it to a Final 11.[3] Batten's elimination led which led to some controversy because of the voting system: had it merely been a top 10, she would have survived another week.[citation needed]

Her performance of "Come Away With Me" was later featured on the first Canadian Idol Greatest Moments compilation album, which went Gold in Canada in 2004.[1]

Solo material and awards[edit]

She won the BCCMA's "Female Vocalist of the Year" award in 2004, and went on to win the same award in 2005 and 2006.[4]

External video
Karen Lee Batten - "Life Worth Living" (Official Video) (June 2014)

She released her debut album, Every Moment, in December 2005. The album's cover of Deryl Dodd's song "A Bitter End" has received a significant amount of radio airplay on Canadian country music radio stations. In February 2006, she was an opening act for Emerson Drive.[citation needed] Karen-Lee's first music video, "Hearts on the Run," began airing on CMT Canada in April 2008.[5]

On May 27, 2014, she released her second album Cause a Scene on Fontana North, which led to her earning seven nominations at the British Columbia Country Music Association Awards, and winning Female Vocalist of the Year for the fourth time.[2] Also in 2014, she won the top prize at Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards when she was named Country Music Entertainer of the Year.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2004 British Columbia
Country Music
Association Awards
Karen Lee Batten Female Vocalist
of the Year
Won[4]
2005 Won[4]
2006 Won[4]
2009 Nominated[5]
2014 Won[2]
Texas Sounds International
Country Music Awards
Country Music
Entertainer of the Year
Won[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Details
2005
  • Released: Dec 2005
  • Label: Karen Lee Batten (KLB)
  • Format: CD
2014

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album Release details
2004 "Come Away With Me" Canadian Idol Greatest Moments BMG Canada (May 25, 2004)
2005 "A Bitter End" Every Moment Self-released (2005)
2006 "One Day" Self-released (2006)
2007 "Like I Would for You" Self-released (2007)
2008 "Hearts on the Run" Self-released (2008)
2014 "Cause a Scene" Cause a Scene Fontana North (2014)
"Life Worth Living" Fontana North (2014)
"Stronger" Fontana North (2014)
2015 "Big Love" Fontana North (2015)

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "Hearts on the Run"[7] Steve A. Adelson
2014 "Cause a Scene"[8] Stephano Barberis
"Life Worth Living"[9]

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Main artist Album
2003 "Silent Night Smooth Jazz Trumpet" (ft. Karen Lee Batten) David Sirwinski Merry
Christmas Baby
[10]
"Walking in a Winter Wonderland Chillaxin Trumpet" (ft. Karen Lee Batten)
"Jingle Bells Swing Dance Trumpet" (ft. Karen Lee Batten)

Further reading[edit]

Discographies

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Canada rocks - Canadian artists rack-up multiple certifications in September". CRIA. September 2003. Archived from the original on March 1, 2005. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b c "Karen Lee Batten Wins Female Vocalist Of The Year". karenleebatten.com. October 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  3. ^ a b c "Canadian Idol - Season 1". TV.com. June 9, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Past Award Winners". BCCCountry.com. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Karen Lee Batten". reverbnation. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  6. ^ a b "Country Music Awards 2014". Texas Sounds International. 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  7. ^ "Hearts on the Run" music video directed by Steve A. Adelson (YouTube, 2008)
  8. ^ "Cause a Scene" music video directed by Stephano Barberis (YouTube, 2014)
  9. ^ "Life Worth Living" music video directed by Stephano Barberis (YouTube, 2014)
  10. ^ Sirwinksi, David (December 1, 2003). "Merry Christmas Baby". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 

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