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Karen Knowles

Karen Knowles.
Born (1964-03-04) 4 March 1964
Melbourne, Australia
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, entertainer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1975–present
Labels Fable (1980–84)
Associated acts The Seekers

Karen Knowles (born 4 March 1964) is an Australian singer and entertainer.


  • Early career 1
  • Return to Australia 2
  • Recent career 3
  • External links 4

Early career

Knowles was educated in Melbourne at the Methodist Ladies' College. She became nationally famous on the popular television program Young Talent Time, where she was a member of the Young Talent Team from 1975 to 1980. Karen Knowles first appeared as a contestant on Young Talent Time in 1974 whilst attending Donvale Primary School east of Melbourne.

In 1980 she signed with the Fable record label and became the first Australian schoolgirl to receive a Gold record with her Top Ten single Why Won't You Explain in 1981. Her first album You Are The Reason reached Platinum in 1982.

Her second album, Loves Us All, was also released in 1982 and achieved Gold status. In 1983, her third album The Third Time was released and she had a Top 30 single You Don't Know Love in 1984. In 1984 Knowles left the Fable label and moved to London.

Return to Australia

Knowles returned to Australia in 1988 and featured in the stage musical Big River during its eighteen month national tour. For her performance as southern belle, Mary Jane Wilks, Knowles received a nomination for a Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.

In 1990 Knowles joined The Seekers. In 1991, Knowles, along with the group's main song writer Bruce Woodley and the National Boys Choir, recorded the song I Am Australian.

In 1991 Knowles recorded and produced her fourth album A Night of Carols, featuring the Australian Girls Choir. In 1992, Knowles travelled to the United States to record Moonglow, her fifth album.

During 1997 Knowles wrote and performed a new musical composition at the Aboriginal Reconciliation Convention. In 1998, Knowles was appointed as one of the Inaugural Ambassadors for Reconciliation by the Reconciliation Council. Also in 1998, she was nominated for an Australian Humanitarian Award for her Services to the Arts.

In 1999 Knowles recorded and released her sixth album By Request, a compilation of some her most requested songs.

Recent career

In recent years, Knowles has continued to appear as a guest performer at corporate functions and on television, and has conducted several live concert tours around Australia.

In 2003, Knowles released her most recent album "On A Clear Day" and appeared on MDA.

In September 2004 she opened the Karen Knowles Singing School with classes held in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

In 2006, Knowles partnered Richard Zachariah on the Seven Network celebrity singing program It Takes Two.

In 2010, Knowles performed at the IGA Lord Mayor's Carols in the City

External links

  • Official website
  • It Takes Two website
  • Young Talent Time fan tribute site
  • Karen Knowles' discography
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