Archive for April 18, 2011

Often referred to as “the lady in red”, Karen Briggs’ fiery violin features on the multi-platinum selling, “Live at the Acropolis” PBS special have been seen literally by millions of people around the world. In fact, the PBS special has been broadcast in 65 countries and is the second best-selling music video of all time behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

Her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist took place in 1997 when while accompanied by Pianist/Composer Dave Grusin, she participated in a fundraiser event hosted by Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman. She appears in the resulting family movie classic entitled, “Music of the Heart” starring Merle Streep, Angela Bassett and Gloria Estefan.

Karen has toured with Stanley Clarke as part of the group project “Vertu” which included drummer Lenny White (Return To Forever), Richie Kotzen (Poison) and keyboardist Rachel Z.

Karen’s inclusion in various genres of music has been very eclectic and includes appearances or recordings with Ledisi, Loose Ends, The Hopeville Tour/DVD with Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Mike Phillips, Wynton Marsalis, Patrice Rushen, Wu Tang Clan, Hidden Beach’s Unwrapped CD Series, Tizer, Benesi, Soul II Soul, Keb Mo, Chieli Minucci and Special Efx, Jazz In Pink and a host of others.

Her newest CD, “Soulchestral Groove” features the fire driven ‘soul-os’ that the violinist is most recognized for. It includes original compositions and clever cover arrangements and is now available at:

Currently, Karen is embarking on the signing of a new digital distribution deal (TBA) and planning a U.S. tour for 2011. In the meantime, she appears for artist residency and workshop appointments which have most recently taken place at Berklee Music College and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

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