Karen Brooks

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Karen Brooks
Born (1954-04-30) April 30, 1954 (age 62)
Origin Dallas, Texas, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1982–1992
Labels Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts T. G. Sheppard

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.[1]

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.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country CAN Country
1982 Walk On 38 Warner Bros.
1984 Hearts on Fire 40 21
1985 I Will Dance with You
1992 That's Another Story (with Randy Sharp) Mercury


Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1982 "New Way Out" 17 Walk On
1983 "If That's What You're Thinking" 21
"Walk On" 30
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"[2] That's Another Story (with Randy Sharp)
"That's Another Story"[3]

Guest Singles[edit]

Year Title Artist Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1982 "Faking Love" T.G. Sheppard 1 1 Perfect Stranger


  1. ^ Karen Brooks Allmusic; retrieved 6-6-08
  2. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. May 30, 1992. 
  3. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. November 7, 1992.