Karen Tennison

Karen Abigail Tennison is a born-and-raised Austin, Texas jazz vocalist living in the heart of Texas enjoying the life of a musician.

 Karen, like Anita O’Day, considers herself a “song stylist,” meaning she uses her voice like an instrument, considering herself more of a jazz musician than a vocalist. Her sound is sweet, emotional, and will always leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting more. After the moment she bought her first Ella Fitzgerald CD at a used bookstore at the age of twelve, Karen has been hooked, finding herself always listening to jazz. 

 The charm and charisma emanating from her being allows for the music she creates to be timeless and flawless with each breath of song she sings. With a voice as captivating as Karen’s, it’s no surprise that she plays music at some of Austin’s most premiere venues with some of the city’s finest jazz musicians.