Karen Lee Batten is a country music singer from British Columbia. In 2003 she reached the Top 11 Finals in season one of Canadian Idol, and her performance of "Come Away With Me" was featured on the Canadian Idol Greatest Moments album, which went Gold in Canada in 2004. She released her debut album, Every Moment, in late 2005. On May 27, 2014, she released her second album Cause a Scene on Fontana North, which led to her winning Female Vocalist of the Year for the fourth time at the British Columbia Country Music Association Awards.
Batten competed on the 2003 first season of Canadian Idol, which premiered on June 9, 2003. As part the third group in the top 32 semifinals, she performed "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones. She then progressed to the Top 11, with the Final 11 contestants performing for various themed weeks. She performed "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles as their "Canadian hits" theme, and was one of three contestants eliminated that round. The judges had randomly allowed a "wildcard" into the final ten, bringing it to a Final 11. Batten's elimination led which led to some controversy because of the voting system: had it merely been a top 10, she would have survived another week.
|Karen Lee Batten - "Life Worth Living" (Official Video) (June 2014)|
She released her debut album, Every Moment, in December 2005. The album's cover of Deryl Dodd's song "A Bitter End" has received a significant amount of radio airplay on Canadian country music radio stations. In February 2006, she was an opening act for Emerson Drive. Karen-Lee's first music video, "Hearts on the Run," began airing on CMT Canada in April 2008.
On May 27, 2014, she released her second album Cause a Scene on Fontana North, which led to her earning seven nominations at the British Columbia Country Music Association Awards, and winning Female Vocalist of the Year for the fourth time. Also in 2014, she won the top prize at Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards when she was named Country Music Entertainer of the Year.
|2004||"Come Away With Me"||Canadian Idol Greatest Moments||BMG Canada (May 25, 2004)|
|2005||"A Bitter End"||Every Moment||Self-released (2005)|
|2006||"One Day"||Self-released (2006)|
|2007||"Like I Would for You"||Self-released (2007)|
|2008||"Hearts on the Run"||Self-released (2008)|
|2014||"Cause a Scene"||Cause a Scene||Fontana North (2014)|
|"Life Worth Living"||Fontana North (2014)|
|"Stronger"||Fontana North (2014)|
|2015||"Big Love"||Fontana North (2015)|
|2003||"Silent Night Smooth Jazz Trumpet" (ft. Karen Lee Batten)||David Sirwinski||Merry
|"Walking in a Winter Wonderland Chillaxin Trumpet" (ft. Karen Lee Batten)|
|"Jingle Bells Swing Dance Trumpet" (ft. Karen Lee Batten)|