As I Am
Recorded in May of 2000 at Tiger Recording in Sydney, Australia, "As I Am" is a collection of songs from the heart. Poignant and magical, this record has been described as brutally honest and heartfelt . In the weeks leading up to her departure from Australia to move to New York City, Karen Jacobsen was in the studio being vulnerable and creating an intimate expression of love and loss, with an underlying sense of hope.
"As I Am shines with an honesty that is reflected in Karen Jacobsen's pure, simple voice and piano playing." --Abby White, Performing Songwriter, July 2003
"Naked...Karen and her piano. If anything else on earth can be so pure, it's yet to be identified." --Independent Songwriter Magazine, March 2002
"...simply her playing the piano and singing in that never-seen-a-cigarette-in-her-life voice." --Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com, December 2002
Australian born, New York based Pop Piano Singer and Songwriter Karen Jacobsen has a mission to create an extraordinary life. Whether performing a sold out show at NYC’s The Duplex, to a crowd of 80 000 at Giants Stadium, or in the intimacy of a House Concert setting, a profound love of music, and a desire to connect with others through her songs is at the core of her purpose. Leaving Australia with only one suitcase in May 2000, she arrived in Manhattan to carve her own niche, thriving on the energy of the city, releasing two acoustic piano/vocal records, As I Am and Being Brave, and touring through the US. Her song Supposed To Say was included on the WB's Dawson's Creek DVD; and the Australian Consulate in New York City hosted an event in her honor - the Consul-General himself introducing Karen to the invitation only crowd. She has shared the stage with Norah Jones, Christopher Cross, Jennifer Marks, Cyndi Lauper, Deborah Cox and along with Uncle Kracker and Jars of Clay, made her U.S. Network Television Debut on the NBC-TV Special Dare To Dream, filmed at Mohegan Sun Arena. Originally from Mackay near Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Karen wrote her first song “Kurly Queen” at the age of 7 (now the name of her record label), studied piano, at high school played Dorothy in The Wiz and idolized Olivia Newton-John. Following her music studies in Brisbane, she established her career in Sydney as a regular performer on national television shows including Good Morning Australia, and touring to Malaysia and Thailand. Aussies may also know her as ‘Speechify Karen’ – the speaking voice of Telstra’s Talking Text. Karen’s songs appear on a number of compilation CDs, including the ‘Home’ CD benefiting Children International.