About Karen

Karen Knowles is an Australian born singer and performer, a lawyer, inventor, entrepreneur, humanitarian and has been involved in the reconciliation movement in Australia since 1995.

Commencing her performance career on Young Talent Time and then soon after as a recording artist and live performer her career now spans over 30 years.

Karen Knowles has been recording since 1980 when she was signed with Ron Tudor’s Fable label. Karen has received gold and platinum awards in Australia and also has released recordings in the United Kingdom (Why won’t you explain), and Malaysia (You are the Reason). She recorded Moonglow in the United States for a worldwide release.

Karen was the highest selling female recording artist in Australia for two consecutive years. While concurrently maintaining her solo career, she was invited to join as lead singer of legendary Australian folk group “The Seekers” and toured with the group nationally and internationally for two years.

Joined by the group’s main song writer Bruce Woodley and the National Boys Choir she recorded the original version of the much loved song “I Am Australian”. She received a nomination for a Green Room Award for best supporting actress in a musical for her role as Mary Jane Wilks in the hugely successful 18 month run of “Big River”.

Her recording credits include: “Why won’t you explain”, (Fable/Polygram/EMI/PRT(UK)WEA)(gold record(Aust)), “You are the Reason (platinum recording) (Fable/Polygram/EMI), “Loves us all” (gold recording), “A Night of Carols” with the Australian Girls Choir, “By Request”, “On a clear day”, “Moonglow” (VTL (USA)).

Karen performs regularly in her own solo concerts at Arts Centres and venues around Australia. Her career has spanned all forms of performance – recording, music theatre, live performance, television and theatrical credits (Melbourne Theatre Company, Chamber Made Opera) and has more recently included work within community engagement and social innovation.

Karen has received many awards and nominations during her career as a performer including an Australian Humanitarian Award for her Services to the Arts and was appointed by the Reconciliation Council as an Inaugural Ambassador for Reconciliation. In addition to many awards for her recordings, she has acted as patron to the Australian Girls Choir and to Breaking the Cycle (a program designed to break the cycle of welfare dependency in disadvantaged youth).

Karen Knowles with Judith Durham and the Choir of Hard Knocks

The music of Karen Knowles
Australia’s singer and songwriter


Newest Release: 2019 sees Karen releasing her 7th studio album Solid Ground which features songs written by Karen (three songs in conjunction with other co-writers) and accompanied by musicians Michael Kokinos (guitars, harp) and Caerwen Martin (cello). Authorised sacred songs from the Wirradjirri indigenous people of New South Wales (Australia) are also featured on this recording including spoken word introductions by Wirradjirri elder and lore carrier Min Mia. An Australian tour will run across 2019/2020 to promote the Solid Ground album. 

Also new in 2019 is Karen’s fabulous Karen Knowles In Concert music video, recorded at the famous Capital Theatre in Bendigo in September 2019.

Your favourite tunes: We’ve collected a range of your Karen Knowles musical hits and favourites, including special editions released on CD By Request and On a clear day, a live DVD From the heart and including Karen’s most recent work Solid Ground released in 2019. 

Delivery: For physical items please allow 14 days for delivery. Or choose the digital download option.


Awards and Credits Awards / Nominations

  • Australian Humanitarian Awards Nomination in the Arts and Entertainment Category for Services to the Arts
  • Green Room Awards Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for “Big River”
  • TV Week/Countdown Rock Awards Nomination for Best New Talent
  • B&T Record Award (predecessor to the ARIAs) for Best New Artist Album
  • B&T Record Award for Best Pop Single
  • US Ampex Golden Reel Award for “You Are The Reason”
  • US Ampex Golden Reel Award for “Loves Us All”

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Karen Knowles first gold record

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