Karen O'Shea

Karen O'Shea - Biography

Karen O’Shea has been mesmerising her audiences with her amazing vocal talents since an early age. Originally from Darwin, she’s worked professionally since leaving school. Diversity has become a signature of Karen, having sung a variety of genres from jazz, 50’s, 60’s rock’n’roll through to songs from Chaka Khan, Roxette, Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Fleetwood Mac, Carol King, Eva Cassidy and into the popular artists of today such as Pink, Ed Sheeran, Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, Megan Trainor as well as country artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Shania Twain, Dolly, Eagles, Keith Urban just to name a few.

In Darwin, Karen was part of a duo called ‘Cat in the Hat’, who released an independent record, supported artists including Randy Crawford, Christine Anu, James Morrison, CBD and was invited by the Australian High Commissioner in Brunei to go over and perform. Whilst there, they had the privilege of playing before the Sultan’s (2nd) wife during her birthday celebration. Later, after her move to Sydney, Karen toured with Richard Clapton as a backing vocalist in the early 90’s and was also part of an original group called ‘Sydney Sound Machine’. Supporting Wilson Pickett whilst with this line-up was a highlight.

Karen can also lay claim to being part of the very first ‘College of Country Music’ which was held in Tamworth back in ’97.
It was here that she and Lyn Bowtell became fast friends, writing and recording ‘I Can Fly’ (which was released on a compilation soundtrack). Karen went on to be a Grand Finalist in the prestigious Toyota Star Maker 2000 & 2001.

After recording her debut album, ‘Wish’, with Rod McCormack, Karen appeared as a guest artist on both Bert Newton’s GMA show and the Denise Drysdale midday show. She was also awarded the coveted Frank Ifield International Spur Award for Best New Female Performer 2001 and picked up ‘Best Independent Female Artist’ at the Independent CM Awards 2002.

Karen was also awarded the ‘Best Female Vocal’ TIARA (Tamworth Independent Artists Recognition Awards) in 2002

and picked up another in 2004 for ‘Collaboration’ with Billy Bridge.
After her successes as a solo artist, Karen joined forces with Lyn Bowtell and Kate Ballantyne, creating the formidable trio harmony group, ‘BELLA’.

As ‘Bella’, the girls first recorded an EP then their album ‘Gravity’. They won 2 Golden Guitars for ‘Best Group’ at the Tamworth CM Awards in 2005 and 2006 and were Finalists again for the same category in 2007. Bella toured Australia, performed in Italy at the ‘Australian Musical Festival’, were a featured artist at the ‘Carols in the Domain’ and also got to collaborate with Jimmy Barnes and Troy Casser-Daley on their rendition of ‘Bird on a Wire’.

Based near Newcastle, Karen now works consistently as a soloist most weekends. With her love of singing and having had so many opportunities to sing such a diverse range of songs, there is no doubt that Karen could sing almost anything.

Karen O'Shea - Sample Setlist

The A Team   - Ed Sheeran

Abracadabra [INSTR] – Steve Miller Band

Adventure of A Lifetime- Cold Play

Ain't No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye

Alejandro – Lady GaGa

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield

All I Wanna Do – Sherly Crow

All Night Long – Lionel Ritchie

All Of Me [INSTR] – John Legend

All Summer Long – Kid Rock

Alley Medley – Vonda Shepard

Always The Last To Know – Del Amitri

Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz

Amazed – Lonestar

Angel – Sarah McLachlan

Angel of Harlem – US

April Sun In Cuba – Dragon

Are You Old Enough - Dragon

Bad Day – Daniel Power

Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce

Bad Moon Rising – Creedance Clearwater

Be My Baby  - The Ronettes

Be That Way  - Martina McBrdie

Beatles Medley – Stars on 45

Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion

Bed Of Roses  - Boni Jovi

Before You Accuse Me – Eric Clapton

Believe – Cher

Best Day Of My Life – American Authors

Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes

Better When I'm Dancing – Megan Trainor

Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell

Black And Gold – Sam Sparro

Black Velvet – Alannah Myles

Blame It On Me- George Ezra

Blame It On the Boogie – Michael Jackson

Blank Space – Taylor Swift 

Bleed Red – Ronnie Dunn

Blue Bayou –  Linda Ronstadt

Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis

Bonfire Heart – James Blunt

Boys From the Bush – Lee Kernaghan

Boys Of Summer – Don Henley

Brass In Pocket – The Pretenders

Brave – Sara Vareilles

Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder/Blue Lagoon

Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson

Breakeven – The Script

Breathe – Faith Hill

Breathless – The Corrs

Bring Me Some Water – Melissa Etheridge

Broken Wing – Martina McBride

Brown Eyed Girl – Vean Morrison

Bubbly – Colbie Caillat

Buffalo Soldier  - Bob Marley

Buses and Trains – Batchelor Girl

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Can't Fight The Moonlight – Leann Rimes

Can't Stop This Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Chasing Pirates – Chasing Pirates

Cheap Wine – Cold Chisel

Cherry Bomb – John Cougar Mellancamp

The Climb – Miley Cyrus

Closer – Ne-Yo

Closer To Free – The bodeans

Come On Eileen – Dexy & The Midnight Runners

Complicated – Avril Lavigne

Constant Craving – K.D Lang

Cool Kids  - Echosmith

Counting Stars – One Republic

Crazy - Patsy Clinc

Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

Crazy Love – Vane Morrison/Michel Buble

Crocodile Rock – Elton John

Dance With Me Tonight – Olly Murs

Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen

Dancing Queen – ABBA

Days Go By – Keith Urban

Dear Future Husband – Megan Trainor

DEC1963 – Franki Valli & The 4 Seasons

Demons – Imagine Dragons

Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

Don't – Ed Sheeran

Don't Call Me Baby – Madison Avenue

Don't Cha Wanna Ride – Joss Stone

Don't Get Me Wrong – The Pretenders

Don't Know Why – Norah Jones

Don't Stop – Fleetwood Mac

Dream Catch Me – Newton Faulkner

Dreams –  Fleetwood Mac

Drift Away  - Dobi Gray

Drive My Car – Beatles

Drops of Jupiter – Train

Eagle Rock – Daddy Cool

Easy (Like A Sunday Morning) – Lionel Ritchie/Faith No More

Even When I'm Sleeping – Leonardo’s Bride

Every Breath You Take – The Police

Everybody Wants To Rule World – Tears for Fears


Everything I Do (I Do It For You)  - Bryan Adams

Everywhere – Michelle Branch

Express Yourself  - Madonna

Fallen – Sarah McLachlan

Fallen (Pretty Woman) – Lauren Wood

Fall To Pieces  - Pasty Clinc

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

Fire – Bruce Sprinsteen

Fire – Pointer Sisters

Fireflies – Owl City

Firework – Katy Perry

Fly Like A Bird – Boz Scaggs

Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash

For The First Time – The Script

Four Five Seconds – Rhianna, Kayne Paul M

Forever And For Always – Shania Twain

Free Fallin – Tom Petty

From This Moment On – Shania Twain

Game Of Love – Santana/Michelle Branch

Geronimo – Sheppard

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Give Me A Reason – The Corrs

Give Me One Reason – Tracey Chapman

Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

Gone In The Morning  - Newton Faulkner

Gotta Be Somebody – Nickleback

Grace Kelly – Mika

Gravity – Sara Bareilles

Happy – Pharrell Williams

The Hardest Part – Coldplay

Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Creedance Clearwater

Haven't Met You Yet – Michael Buble

Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Heart Of Gold – Neil Young

Heartache Tonight – Eagles

Heartbreak Warfare – John Mayer

Heaven Help My Heart – Tina Arena

Her Diamonds – Rob Thomas

Hey Soul Sister – Train

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar  

Hold Back The River – James Bay

Holiday – Madonna

Home – Daughtry

Home Is Where The Heart Is – Lady Antebellum

Hooked On A Feeling – Vonda Shepard

Hoops – Rhubens

Horse With No Name – America

Horses – Darly Braithewaite

Hot N Cold- Katy Perry


Hotel California – The Eagles

How Do I Live- Trisha Yearwood

How Sweet It Is – James Taylor

Hurts So Good – John Cougar Mellancamp

I Am Woman – Ehlen Reddy

I Can Love You Better – Dixie Chicks

I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff

I Can't Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt

I Don't Want To Wait- Paula Cole

I Feel Lucky – Mary Chapin Carpenter

I Feel The Earth Move – Carol King

I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown

I Keep On Loving You – Reba McEntire

I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry

I Love a Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbit

I Love The Nightlife – Alicia Bridges

I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis

I RunToYou – Lady Antebellum

I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin

I See Fire – Ed Sheeran

I Still Haven't Found – U2

I Try – Macy Gray

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

I Wish – Stevie Wonder

I'm A Believer – The Monkeys

I'm Feeling You – Santana with Michelle Branch

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Poclaimers

I'm Like A Bird – Nelly Furtado

I'm Not The Only One – Sam Smith

I'm Outa Love – Anastacia

I'm Yours – Jason Mraz

If I Were a Boy – Beyonce

If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot/Star on 45

Inside Out – Trisha Yearwood

Iris – Goo Goo Dools

Ironic – Alanis Morriset

Irresistible – The Corrs

It's Not Unusual – Tom Jones

It's Only Natural – Crowded House

It's Raining Men – The Weather Girls

It's So Easy – Linda Ronstadt

It's Your Love  - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Jailhouse Rock – Elvis

Jessie's Girl D2 – Rick Springsteen

Jesus Take the Wheel – Carrie Underwood

Joey – Concrete Blonde

Jolene – Dolly Parton

Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry

Joy To The World – Three Dog Night

Karma Chameleon – Culture Club


King Of The Road – Randy Travis/Roger Miller

Kiss Me – Sixpense None the Richer

Landslide – Stevie Nicks/Dixie Chicks

Last Kiss – Pearl Jam

Layla – Eric Clapton

The Lazy Song  - Bruno Mars

Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters

Learning To Fly – Tom Petty

Lego House – Ed Sheeran

Let 'Er Rip – Dixie Chicks

Let Her Go – Passenger

Let Me Down Easy – Sheppard

Let's Twist Again – Chubby Checker

Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flatts

Like I'm Gonna Lose You – Megan Trainor/John Legend

Like It Like That – Guy Sebastian

The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens

Listen To The Music – the Doobie Brothers

Little Bit More – Liberty X

Little Sister – Elvis

Livin' On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Lonely No More – Rob Thomas

Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet

Love is in the Air – John Paul Young

Love Really Hurts Without You – Billy Ocean

Love Shack – The B52’s

Love Story – Taylor Swift

Loving Arms – Dixie Chicks

The Lucky One – Alison Krauss

Luka – Suzanne Vega

Mamma Mia – ABBA

Man I Feel Like A Woman – Shania Twain

Me Too – Megan Trainor

Mercy – Duffy

Mexico – James Taylor

Midnight At The Oasis  - The Brand New Heavies

The Midnight Special – Creedance Clearwater

Missing You – John Waite

Moondance – Van Morrison

Moves like Jagger – Maroon 5

Movin On Up – M People

Mr. Jones – Counting Crows

Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett

My Favourite Mistake – Sheryl Crow

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

Never Tear Us Apart – INXS

Next Time – Marie Wilson

Nobody But You – Wendy Matthews

No-one Needs To – Shania Twain


Not Fair – Lily Allen

Not Pretty Enough – Kasey Chambers

Not That Kind – Anastacia

Nothing – The Script

Now I Can Dance – Tina Arena

Nutbush City – Tina Turner

Old Time Rock n Roll – Bob Seger

On A Night Like This – Kylie Minoguse

On Broadway – George Benson

Once You've Loved Somebody – Dixie Chicks

One Call Away – Charlie Puth

One Of Us – Joan Osborne

One Way Or Another – Blondie

Only The Beginning – Debra Conway

Ordinary Day – Vanessa Carlton

Out Of Reach – Gabrielle

Outa Here – Shania Twain

Party In The U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus

Payphone – Maroon 5

Peaceful Easy Feeling – Eagles

Perfect – Vanessa Amorosi

Perfect (It's Got To Be) – Fairground Attraction

Permission To Shine – Batchelor Girl

Please Don't Leave Me – Pink

Pleasure and Pain – Divinyls

Poor Poor Pitiful Me – Linda Ronstadt

Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield

Pride (In The Name Of Love) – U2

Proud Mary – Tina Turner

Put Your Records On – Corrine Bailey Rae

Rain – Dragon

Raining On Sunday – Keith Urban

Real Gone – Sherly Crow

Red Red Wine – UB40/Neil Diamond

Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson

Rehab – Amy Winehouse

The Remedy (I Won't Worry) – Jason Mraz

Rescue Me – Fontella Bass

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac

Right To Be Wrong – Joss Stone

Riptide – Vance Joy

Roar – Katy Perry

Rock & Roll – Eric Hutchinson

Rockin' Robin – the Jackson 5

Roll With It – Steve Winwood

Rollercoaster – Ronan Keating

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

The Rose – Bette Midler

Royals – Lorde


Rude – Magic

Run To You – Bryan Adams

Runaway – The Corrs

Sand In My Shoes – Dido

Save Tonight – Eagle – Eye Cherry

Saw Him Standing There – Beatles

Say You Won't Let Go – James Arthur

Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon

Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate

Shadow Of The Day – Linkin Park

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz

She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5

Shine – Vanessa Amorossi

Shine Your Way – Owl City

Shower – Becky G

Shut Up & Dance – Walk the Moon

Signed Sealed And Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Simply The Best – Tina Turner

Sing – Ed Sheeran

Sister Golden Hair – America

Sitting Waiting Wishing – Jack Johnson

Smile – Uncle Kracker

Smile (Charlie Chaplin) – Glee  

Smokey Places – Brooks and Dunn

Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye

Someday – Rob Thomas

Something So Strong – Crowded House

Something To Talk About – Bonnie Raitt

Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

Stand By Me – Seal

Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette

Stay – Lisa Loeb

Stay The Night – James Blunt

Stay With Me – Sam Smith 

Stick Together -  Brian Ferry

Stop & Stare – OneRepbulic

Strong – London Grammer

Strong Enough – Sheryl Crow

Stuck In The Middle – Steelis Wheel

Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland

Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall

Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits

Summer Of '69 – Bryan Adams

Summertime Blues – Johnny Hallyday

Sunny Came Home – Shawn Colvin

Superman – Five For Fighting

Sweet About Me – Gabriella Cilmi

Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond


Sweet Escape Gwen Stefani

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skinard

Take Back The City – Snow Patrol

Take It Easy – Eagles/Travis Tritt

Tattoo – Jordin Sparks

Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton

Thankyou – Dido

That Don't Impress Me – Shania Twain

That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly/The Crickets

The Fighter – Keith Urban

The Logical Song – Supertramp

There's Your Trouble – Dixie Chicks

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

This Kiss – Faith Hill

Thousand Miles – Canessa Carlton

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Tide Is High – Blondie

Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

Times Like These – Foo Fighters

Titanium – Sia/David Guetta

Tom Dooley – The Kingston Trio

Tonight The Heartaches On Me – Dixie Chicks

Treat Her Right – Commitments

Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

Try – Pink

Try Everything – Shakira

Two Princes – Spin Doctors

Ugly Heart – G.R.L

Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

Underneath Your Clothes – Shakira

Unwell – Matchbox Twenty

Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield

Upside Down – Jack Johnson

Waiting On The World  - John Mayer

Wake Me Up – Avici

Walk Of Life – Dire Straits

Walking By Myself – Gary Moore

Walking In Memphis- Marc Cohen

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

Walking On The Moon – The Police

Waterloo – Abba

The Way You Look Tonight – Rob Stewart

The Way You Love Me – Faith Hill

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

We Are Done – The Madden Brothers

We've Only Just Begun – The Carpenters

Weather With You – Crowded House

What Took You So Long – Emma Bunton

What's Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner

What's My Scene – Hoo Doo Gurus


Whenever Wherever – Shakira

When I See You – Macy Gray

When I Think About Angels – Jamie O’Neal

When Love Takes Over – Kelly Rowland

When Will I Be Loved – Linda Ronstadt

When You Got A Good Thing – Lady Antebellum

When You Say Nothing At All – Alison Kraus

When You Walk In The Room – Jackie DeShannon

When You're In Love With A Bea... – Dr Hook

White Flag – Dido

Who Knew- Pink

Who Wouldn t Wanna Be Me – Keith Urban

Whole Lotta Shakin – Jerry Lee Lewis

Whose That Girl – Annie Lennox

Wide Awake – Katy Perry

Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks

Wild Angels – Martina McBride

Wild World – Cat Stevens

Will You Still Love Me – Carol Kin

Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

Wings – Little Mix

With Or Without You – US

Won't Go Home Without You – Maroon 5

Wonderful World – James Morrison

Wonderwall – Oasis

Would I Lie To You – Eurythmics

You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift

You Can t Hurry Love – Dixie Chicks

You Don't Have To Move That Mountain – Trisha Yearwood

You Found Me – The Fray

You Give Me Something – Jame sMorrison

You Gotta Be – Desree

You Had Me – Joss Stone

You May Be Right – Billy Joel

You Send Me – Sam Cooke

You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC  

You Were Meant For Me – Jewel

You Were Mine – Dixie Chicks

You Win My Love – Shanie Twain

You're My Best Friend – Queen

You're No Good – Linda Ronstadt

You're So Vain – Carly Simon

You're Still The One – Shania Tain

You've Got A Friend – Carol King

You've Got A Way – Shania Twain

You've Lost That Loving Feeling – The Righteous Brothers

50 Ways To Say Goodbye – Train


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23rd August
Newcastle Airport
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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24th August
Moonshadow Cruises, Nelson Bay
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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25th August
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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31st August
Victoria Hotel Hinton
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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1st September
Honeysuckle Hotel
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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6th September
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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8th September
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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13th September
Great Northern Hotel (Teralba)
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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14th September
Moonshadow Cruises, Nelson Bay
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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15th September
Stockton Bowling Club
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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22nd September
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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27th September
Newcastle Airport
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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