Karen Harding

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Karen Harding
Born (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 29)
Consett, County Durham, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2010–present
Labels Ultra Records
Associated actsMNEK, Gorgon City

Karen Harding (born 18 November 1991) is an English singer and songwriter from Consett, County Durham. Her first single, "Say Something", released in February 2015, entered the Top 10.

Early life[edit]

Born to an English father and Filipino mother,[1] Harding grew up in Consett and attended Moorside Community Technology College.[2] She used to work at her parents' oriental food store and, in 2008, won a regional music competition called Music Means Life.[3] One of her first recordings was a cover version of the anti-racism song "Strange Fruit", made famous by Billie Holiday.[4]

She is a supporter of Newcastle United.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

In 2010, she competed on the television programme Eurovision: Your Country Needs You, the national final deciding who would represent the United Kingdom in that year's Eurovision Song Contest.[5] She was eliminated in the penultimate round after singing Kylie Minogue's "What Do I Have to Do".[6] Harding was a contestant on the tenth series of the television singing competition The X Factor, but was eliminated at the boot camp stage during the controversial six-chair challenge.[7][8]

Following The X Factor, Harding was approached by the producer MNEK, who had seen a video she uploaded onto the Internet of her covering Disclosure's "Latch".[9] She was subsequently signed by Disclosure's record label, Method Records.[10] Her first single, the MNEK-produced "Say Something", was released in January 2015 by Method and Capitol Records[11] and attracted notice from Fact magazine, MuuMuse, Noisey and The Singles Jukebox.[12] "Say Something" entered the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number seven, with frequent airplay on BBC Radio 1 and its sister station, 1Xtra.[13] It spent 26 weeks on the official charts and achieved platinum status.

Harding has worked with producers and songwriters such as Tom Aspaul, CocknBullKid, Mark J. Feist, Rodney Jerkins, Jimmy Napes and Richard Stannard.[10] She is featured on the house duo Arches' single "New Love", released in April 2015,[14] and on Blonde's single "Feel Good (It's Alright)", released in August 2015.[15] Harding played at several festivals during mid-2015, including Birmingham Pride, Ibiza Rocks, Lovebox, Manchester Pride and Parklife.[16]

Harding's influences include female solo artists such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Lisa Stansfield, as well as dance and garage acts Artful Dodger, Craig David and Madison Avenue.[1][8] She has also cited house music of the 1990s as an influence.[9]

In May 2016, Harding was selected to perform the English national anthem at the 2016 FA Cup Final. However, she missed her cue, and only managed to join in with the crowd for the last few lines.[17]



Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Say Something" 2014 7 80 73 11 Non-album single
"Open My Eyes" 2016
"Like I Can"
(with Tough Love)
(with Tom Ferry)
"You Already Know"
(with Paul Woolford)
"I Don't Need Love"
(with Wh0)
(with Future Kings & L'Tric)
"Undo My Heart"
(with Digital Farm Animals)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"New Love"
(Arches featuring Karen Harding)
2015 Non-album singles
"Feel Good (It's Alright)"
(Blonde featuring Karen Harding)
"Sweet Lies"
(Wilkinson featuring Karen Harding)
2016 Hypnotic
"Good for Me"
(Giorgio Moroder featuring Karen Harding)
"Gun Shy"
(ImanoS featuring Pusha T & Karen Harding)
2017 xXx: Return of Xander Cage
(Music from the Motion Picture)
(FooR featuring Karen Harding)
Non-album singles
"The Weekend"
(This Diamond Life featuring Karen Harding)
"More & More"
(Tom Zanetti featuring Karen Harding)
(Le Youth featuring Karen Harding)
"All for You"
(Wilkinson featuring Karen Harding)
"Let's Get Together"[24]
(Illyus & Barrientos featuring Karen Harding)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
"All U Need"[25] 2018 Example Bangers & Ballads

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Co-written with
"Together" 2015 The Magician Non-album single Stephen Fasano, Mark Ralph, Ryan Campbell, Edward Thomas, Zak Zilesnik
"Shame" 2016 Alex Newell Power EP Thomas Dutton, George Tizzard, Richard Parkhouse
"Love You Better"
(featuring Sabella)
Anton Powers Non-album single Anton Powers, Scott Rosser, Philip Woodhead, Tonino Speciale, Robert Harvey
"Figure You Out" 2018 Felix Jaehn I Felix Jaehn, Tonino Speciale
"Pyramids" Kokiri Non-album single David Asante, Tonino Speciale
"Shame on You" Claire Richards My Wildest Dreams Chelcee Grimes, Daniel Heløy Davidsen, Peter Wallevik, Mich Hansen
"Stay the Night"
(with Camden Cox)
2019 Just Kiddin Non-album single Lewis Thompson, Laure Rivell, Camden Cox
"I Think That I Like You"
(with Kiesza)
2020 Tom Ferry James Ardrey, Eirik Tillerli, Filip Kollsete, Kiesa Rae Ellestad


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  13. ^ "Uptown Funk scores 7th week at Number 1". Official Charts.
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  14. ^ "Premiere: Arches "New Love" ft Karen Harding". Wonderland.
  15. ^ "VIDEO: Blonde Feat Karen Harding 'Feel Good (It's Alright)'". Dropout UK. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Karen Harding". Love Box Festival. Archived from the original on 3 June 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
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  18. ^ a b Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
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  23. ^ "Runaway – Single by Karen Harding & Tom Ferry on Apple Music". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  24. ^ "Let's Get Together - Single by Illyus & Barrientos & Karen Harding on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  25. ^ "Bangers & Ballads by Example". iTunes (UK). 17 August 2018.