We are proud of our music policy at Indian Summer
We Have Karen James Joining us on the Taberna stage
Karen will take us all to Church, I [ Panda ] have had the honour of supporting Karen @ The Manchester Soul Festival
She moved me with her amazing voice and love of music
We have become friends over the last year, Karen is one of the kindest soul's I know, So exited to hear Karen live and see your faces when she sings.
Welcome Karen James
Lead singer in Soul, Motown, Jazz and Funk Band called One Way Street
Also lead vocalist with a jazz quartet
Styles: Soul, Jazz, Gospel, funk, all other genres
Before I started my solo career I was one of the lead singers in a Gospel choir in Manchester. I left the choir to go solo and after two sellout personal gigs the work has steadily flowed in. I had to keep the flow slow as I also work full time as a civil servant, but its now getting busier and busier.
Every three or four months I organise and sing at a Soul night at my Church St Elisabeths in Reddish, a beautiful place and it is full every time. I think we are now approaching the 8th one in September.
I am vocalist in a six piece soul band and smaller combos if needed.
The band are a six piece including myself on vocals, keyboards, lead and bass guitars, drums and congas and percussion.
The jazz band is made up of a quartet of musicians and myself.
I am in the process of writing lyrics with a musician friend for an album.
I am on my second year at the Manchester Soul Festival, last year I appeared with my band and did two solo sets, which will probably the same this year. I do a lot of paid gigs but also do a lot of charity events, especially in my hometown. I am very community minded and do everything I can to get the community together. "