Canadian born Singer-Songwriter, Karen Burkhart, has been passionate about singing for as long as she can remember. At the age of ten, Karen sang her first solo in church and six years later, while on a missions’ trip, she sensed God calling her to serve Him vocationally through music. A year later, Karen enrolled in Summit Pacific College on Canada’s west coast to study sacred music and theology. In her freshman year Karen was invited to sing in the college’s touring ensemble, The Harmonaires. This experience confirmed she was on the right path and she looked forward to more opportunities to minister through music.
Just two weeks before returning for her sophomore year, Karen’s plans changed unexpectedly. Karen’s church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, hosted a touring group called, One Accord from North Central University (NCU) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was deeply touched by their ministry and strongly sensed that God was inviting her to position herself so that one year she could join that group. With some apprehension and even more faith, Karen accepted God’s invitation and transferred to NCU. In her junior year, Karen’s hope became a reality when she was selected to join One Accord. Touring with One Accord around the United States and Canada allowed Karen to develop her voice and ministry, and it also provided her with her first recording opportunity. Karen thrived while living on the road and loved the simplicity of singing and pointing people to Jesus.
After college, Karen hit the road again—this time as the Tour Manager for the internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir. As the team leader, Karen hosted each performance and gave scores of television and radio interviews representing the choir and the needs of children in Africa. A highlight of this tour, was the choir’s involvement in a live worship CD with Worship Leader, Ron Kenoly, called, Sing Out.
Three years later Karen took a position at Campus Crusade for Christ, Canada (now Power to Change) administrating missions’ projects and producing videos. Two notable videos Karen produced were called, The Millennial Pledge and Power to Change, both which were used nationally to recruit Christians to engage in the Great Commission of Jesus. During this season of Karen’s life, even though her professional life did not involve music, Karen took every opportunity to sing. She participated on her church’s worship choir, sang background vocals on two worship CDs including Andy Park’s, Night and Day release, and even sang in a Nicaraguan prison.
For years, Karen dreamed of recording a solo album someday and writing her own songs, but after becoming a wife and mother, Karen thought, “someday” would probably never come. Nevertheless, the dream did not fade. After an amazing set of circumstances, in the fall 2008, God finally flew the doors open wide and Karen’s debut album “Just One Glimpse” resulted.
Since her debut release, Karen has shared her life and her song in a variety of settings including:
- 100 Huntley Street--Canada’s longest running televsion talk show (2009, 2012)
- GMA Canada’s Covenant Awards Show, Calgary, AB (2009)
- Inspirational Country Music Week, Nashville, TN (2010, 2011)
- Relay for Life, Shawville, QC (2010)
- Christian Women’s Clubs
Karen is a certified speaker with Stonecroft Ministries (Christian Women’s Clubs).
Karen is an active member of Karl Road Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio where she lives
with her husband, Matt, and their two sons, Tyler and Colson.
100 Huntley's Compass Magazine
A story on Karen was published in 100 Huntley Street's Compass Magazine, March 2010 Edition.
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