Karen Harding

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Karen Harding
Born (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 27)
OriginConsett, County Durham, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2010–present

Karen Harding (born 18 November 1991) is an English singer and songwriter from Consett, County Durham. She released her debut single, "Say Something" in February 2015 which managed to chart within 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 of the anti-racism song "Strange Fruit" (made famous by Billie Holiday).[4] She is a supporter of Newcastle United.[citation needed]


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][6][7] She was eliminated in the penultimate round after singing Kylie Minogue's "What Do I Have to Do".[8] 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.[9][10]

Following The X Factor, Harding was approached by producer MNEK, who had seen a video she uploaded onto the internet of her covering Disclosure's "Latch".[11] She was subsequently signed by Disclosure's record label, Method Records.[12] Her debut single, the MNEK-produced "Say Something", was released in January 2015 via Method and Capitol Records[13] and attracted notice from Fact magazine, MuuMuse, Noisey, and The Singles Jukebox.[14][15][16][17] "Say Something" entered and peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart, accompanied by frequent airplay on BBC Radio 1 and its sister station, 1Xtra.[18][19][20] It spent 26 weeks on the Official charts and achieved Gold status.

Harding has been working with producers and songwriters such as Tom Aspaul, CocknBullKid, Mark J. Feist, Rodney Jerkins, Jimmy Napes, and Richard Stannard.[12] She is featured on house duo Arches' single "New Love", which premiered in April 2015,[21] and on Blonde's single "Feel Good (It's Alright)", released in August.[22] Harding played at several festivals during mid 2015, including Birmingham Pride, Ibiza Rocks, Lovebox, Manchester Pride, and Parklife.[23]

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][10] She has also cited house music of the 1990s as an influence.[11]

In May 2016, Harding was selected to perform the 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.[24]



Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Say Something" 2015 7 73 11 80 TBA
"Open My Eyes" 2016
"Like I Can"
(with Tough Love)
(with Tom Ferry)

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)
2018 Non-album singles

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
"All U Needs"[32] 2018 Example Bangers & Ballads

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with
"Shame" 2016 Alex Newell POWER EP Co-writer George Tizzard, Rick Parkhouse, Thomas Dutton
"Pyramids" 2018 Kokiri Non-album single Tonino Speciale, David Asante
"Shame on You" Claire Richards My Wildest Dreams Daniel Heløy Davidsen, Peter Wallevik, Mich Hansen, Chelcee Grimes


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  8. ^ "Josh flying the flag for United Kingdom in Oslo". Eurovision.tv.
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  31. ^ "Tom Zanetti" (select "Singles" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  32. ^ "Bangers & Ballads by Example". iTunes (UK). 17 August 2018.