Karen Lee Andrews

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Karen Lee Andrews

Australian blues and soul powerhouse Karen Lee Andrews possesses an unwavering artistic purpose. With a lifelong immersion in music, Karen’s journey has predominantly revolved around classic soul and rhythm and blues sounds. However, as her musicality has evolved, she’s embraced blues with a hint of gritty rock and power ballads, all while retaining the influence of soul, gospel, and her Polynesian heritage.

In 2018, Karen’s EP, “Far From Paradise,” marked a significant shift in her career. It served as a declaration of independence after years of conforming to the expectations of a major label. Karen poured her heart into every song on this record, not only discovering her distinct songwriting voice but also solidifying her authentic artistic practice.

“The songs from ‘Far From Paradise’ are a true expression of who I am,” says Karen. “When I perform them, the impact remains as powerful as it was when I first recorded them.”

Karen’s latest release, “Edin,” meaning “place of pleasure,” continues to captivate audiences. These new originals delve even deeper into the possibilities of blues music, offering a candid glimpse into her personal identity.

“The new music is more exposed and vulnerable,” Karen shares. And her creative journey is far from over, with a third EP already recorded and slated for release in 2024.

Karen Lee Andrews’ songcraft is rooted in a profound understanding of blues, gospel, and soul music, driven by a desire to connect with her audience. Yet, what truly defines her is an unshakeable artistic passion.

Onstage, Karen is joined by her formidable 3-piece band, featuring Yanya Boston on drums (known for his work with Tina Arena, Becca Hatch, Thandi Phoenix, Joy) and Adam Ventoura on bass (renowned for his contributions to Midnight Oil, Guy Sebastian, Oyobi). While these musicians shine individually, their dynamic as a group is nothing short of exhilarating. Together, they deliver a classic blues-rock experience infused with the depth of soul.

Karen Lee Andrews is known as one of Australia’s hardest-working live performers. KLA has played up and down the country in Australia at renowned festivals such as Woodford Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Blues at Broadbeach, Dashville Skyline, Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues, Bluesfest Melbourne & WOMAD. She has also supported music icons such as Jessica Mauboy, Ricky Martin, Liz Stringer, Icehouse & Jimmy Barnes. A captivating live act with a voice that will stay with you forever.


  • WOMADelaide
  • Woodford Folk Festival
  • Queenscliff Music Festival
  • Bluesfest Melbourne
  • Blues on Broadbeach
  • Wangaratta Jazz & Blues
  • Dashville Skyline
  • Bello Winter Music Festival
  • Wollombi Music Festival
  • Blues at the Briars
  • Marysville Jazz & Blues Festival
  • Inland Sea of Sound Festival
  • National Multicultural Festival
  • Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest
  • Thredbo Blues Festival
  • November Nights
  • Festival of Sails
  • Beyond Festival
  • Summer Sounds
  • AFL ANZAC, live entertainment
  • Fashion Week, Melbourne
  • NYE at the House
  • Sounds by the Yarra
  • Australian World Media Expo
  • AFL ANZAC Day Match, Wellington
  • City of Sydney Festival


  • Ricky Martin National Tour
  • Icehouse
  • Jimmy Barnes
  • Gregory Porter
  • Jessica Mauboy
  • Twilight Sessions, Melbourne Zoo
  • Australian Open
  • Brambank, Melbourne
  • Australian Business Awards, Sydney
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Compassion Australia
  • Soulfest Easter Coast Tour


  • Voted audience favourite on TV hit show The Voice, realised by over 17 million viewers
  • Chosen as Herald Sun’s Album of the Week, receiving 4 stars
  • Several appearances on RockWiz, SBS award winning show
  • Featured in – Who Magazine, New Idea, TV Week, Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald


“One of the most original and dignified talents to emerge in Australian Entertainment in a long time. She manages to be both imperial yet vulnerable.”
Paul Sheehan, Sydney Morning Herald

“Andrews is on an inspiring and passionate musical journey. A must see.”
Beat Magazine

“Commanding and brilliant.”
Daily Telegraph

Soulful and bluesy, with so much heart and pain, delivered with so much class.”
Sound of Oz

“Karen Lee Andrews doesn’t need a band behind her to fill a room with music. Her voice is big enough on its own.”
The Australian

“Karen Lee Andrews has a vocal tone that is undeniably powerful.”