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Classic Hymns ~

Now Available on
Karen's MUSIC Page!

ALL THE GLORY BE TO GOD!  A song I wrote back in 2004, birthed from the depths of my gratitude for being blessed to live most of my life in the amazingly beautiful state of Tennessee, was chosen by the State House & Senate to be the official 11th Tennessee State Song on February 14th, 2022 ! Talk about miracles and a special Valentine back from the State of TN! Below is my original ("loyal immigrant") version that many of you are requesting.

Please check out Dailey & Vincent's stellar rendition on their new album that will be coming out late spring, along with some other exciting news they have brewing!  Keep up with this very talented duo here at their official website: 


February 14, 2022

Lawmakers Approve New State Song, "I'll Leave My Heart in Tennessee" 

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"Keeper Of The Stars"

Tracy Byrd

Awards: #1 Song
BMI Millionaire X 2 Award
#1 CMT Video
ACM - Academy Of Country Music Song Of The Year
CMT’s Greatest Country Love Songs 
Of All Time
Platinum Record
BMI, CMA & NSAI Awards

"Take Me As I Am"

Faith Hill

Awards: #1 Song
BMI Millionaire X 2 Award 
#1 CMT Video
3 X Platinum Record
BMI, CMA & NSAI Awards

"A Face In The Crowd"

Michael Martin Murphy

Awards: #1 Song

Grammy Nomination for

Duet  Of The Year

"Across The Miles"

IIIrd Tyme Out

Awards: #1 Song
BMA International Bluegrass

Song Of The Year

"Let's Go To Vegas"

Faith Hill

Awards: #4 Song
BMI Millionaire Award
CMT’s Greatest City Songs
3X Platinum Record

Awards: 3x Platinum Album Cut

"The Rest Is History"

LeAnn Rimes

Awards: #4 Song
Gold Record
BMI Award

"On A Night Like This"

Trick Pony

Reba McEntire

Dolly Parton

Kathy Mattea

Rick Trevino
Michelle Wright

 Confederate Railroad

 Patti Loveless

Daniel O’Donnell

& More

Gold & Platinum

Album Cuts

"Everytime I Cry"

Terri Clark

Awards: #10 Song
Gold Record
BMI Award

Dolly Parton

Tammy Wynette

 George Jones

Conway Twitty

Brenda Lee


"Keep Walkin' On"

Jeff & Sheri Easter

Awards: Grammy Nomination for

Vocal Event Of The Year

(by Faith & Shelby)
Dove Nomination for Song Of

The Year (by Jeff & Sherri)
Gaither Homecoming DVD : 
Jeff & Sherri
Performed on Network TV @ closing

of CMA Awards by Faith & Shelby

Also recorded by: Faith Hill &

Shelby Lynn

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Karen Staley was born in Weirton, WV and raised in nearby, rural Hookstown, PA in the Tri-State area of WV, PA and OH. She is a 30-year veteran of the Nashville music industry and has been involved in virtually every facet of the business from songwriting and performing to touring, recording and producing. As a recording artist, Karen released two, critically acclaimed, major label albums:  Wildest Dreams on MCA and Fearless on Warner Bros, as well as several indie gospel and soul albums.


Karen’s timeless hit songs (“Take Me As I Am” and “Hey Baby, Let’s Go to Vegas” by Faith Hill, “Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd, “On A Night Like This” by Trick Pony and more) have been played on radio over 12 million times and counting. Those songs have collectively sold more than 20 million albums, singles, and downloads. 


Many of Karen’s songs have been nominated for Dove, Grammy, and International Bluegrass Awards.  Karen won the prestigious Academy of Country Music (ACM) Song of The Year award with Tracy Byrd's classic #1 hit, “Keeper of the Stars.” An international wedding favorite year after year, “Keeper of the Stars” is also among Country Music Television’s (CMT) 100 Greatest Country Love Songs of All Time.


As a guitar player and background singer, Karen toured with Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, Terri Clark and Russ Taff. Karen is also a sought-after studio session singer and demo producer. She is one of the original mainstays at the Bluebird Café, the now iconic listening room popularized by the ABC TV show, Nashville. Karen is one of four female pioneers (amidst her Women In the Round compadres, Pam Tillis, Ashley Cleveland and Tricia Walker) of the now very prominent, “In-the-Round” format for concerts, originating at the Bluebird Café


Karen’s songs have not only been recorded by modern stars like Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Trick Pony, Terri Clark and Tracy Byrd, but also by icons and legends including George Jones, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Brenda Lee.


For nearly a decade, Karen has been actively crafting finely customized corporate ‘keynote concert’ events, often accompanied by her tailor-made celebratory (and, likely, humorous!) company theme songs/anthems. She also excels at facilitating the art of corporate/group team-building through songwriting.  Karen engages each client’s organizational team in co-writing, performing and recording a song about their business, school or organization, all within an hour!


Karen’s unique blend of intuition, empathy, and humor combined with her ease and adaptability to any circumstance is what makes her events so successful. Equipped with an immense talent for songwriting (right on the spot!), all while keeping the participants engaged, entertained and having fun is the reason organizations look to Karen time and again to create new memories, solidifying the message that team work is, indeed, what makes their dream work.

The reason Karen was drawn to music in the first place was to reach people in some meaningful way. She continues to, quite naturally, endeavor for that intimate connection no matter the setting she presents in. Karen says she feels humbled and blessed to share her talents with so many diverse groups of people from all over the world and looks forward to every new opportunity to share the gift of music and human connection.

“I jokingly call myself the Forest Gump of country music,” laughs Karen, “So often, it really IS just a matter of showing up, heart open, and being willing to say ‘yes’ to new things!  One of my favorite mottos is, ‘you were born an original, don’t die a copy,’ and I love imparting examples of that wisdom from my very own life. The power of each person’s individuality, within the framework of humanity (a strong team of people!) cannot be underestimated when it comes to success.  It must be embraced!”

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