New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
As suspicion goes, Friday 13th is bad luck but viral sensation, country singer/songwriter and charismatic entertainer Karen
Waldrup couldn't disagree more. Her first full length album Justified is available everywhere now and it's currently sitting at #10 on the iTunes Country album chart and at #72 on the All Genre chart. Waldrup is the only independent artist in the Top 10.
"I've waited for this day forever and I couldn't be more excited," exclaims Waldrup. "I'm ecstatic for everyone to hear this album that I poured my heart and soul into and that I've always dreamed of making."
Waldrup wrote or co-wrote 9 of the 11 tracks with Nashville friends and fellow songwriters including Julia Cole, Anthony Smith, Donnie Skaggs, Ed Hill, Brian Kolb and others. The album features title track and heart-felt thank you to fans "Justified," the catchy party anthem "What Goes On In This Bar (Stays In This Bar)," Waldrup's viral version of "I Hope You Dance," the Lori McKenna penned love song "Sometimes He Does" and the vibey and sultry "Slow and Easy."
Throwback to November 2016, Waldrup launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a new project that award-winning producer Garth Fundis agreed to produce. The life of the campaign was a roller coaster ride, with very low lows and even higher highs for independent artist Waldrup. During the campaign, she heard a preacher say "the moment you take the burden off of yourself to be important is the moment you start living your true potential," and she committed to living that mindset. Shortly after, by request from a 16 year old fan, Waldrup recorded an unedited, one-take cover of Lee Ann Womack's massive hit "I Hope You Dance
" in her living room. After sending it to that fan, she also shared the video with her friends at lifestyle brand Country Rebel. They were blown away by the heartfelt cover and posted it immediately on their socials. After millions of views and thousands of interactions on social media, her Indiegogo campaign was over 100% funded and she began recording that dream album. To date, the video has been viewed over 28 million times.
Colorado Kiss - Julia Cole, Karen
Nobody's Running Away - Ed Hill, Donnie Skaggs, Karen
Parker Presley - Parker Pressley, Karen
Justified - Brian Kolb, Karen
Slow & Easy - Anthony Smith, Karen
What Goes On In This Bar (Stays In This Bar) - Ed Hill, Donnie Skaggs, Karen
Waldrup Sometimes He Does - Lori McKenna
Praying For My Cowboy - Julia Cole, Karen
Warm In Your Sunshine
Cool Hat - Ed Hill, Donnie Skaggs, Karen
I Hope You Dance - Tia Sellers, Mark Sanders
New Orleans native Karen
Waldrup is a triple threat musician, songwriter and recording artist known for her thrilling performances and nostalgically new style of country music.
Waldrup has spent the last few years touring the world performing thousands of shows everywhere from Memphis, TN to Dublin, Ireland and is now a true viral sensation with her social media videos gaining mass appeal and more than 180 million views. Waldrup is the subject of "Waldrup Wednesdays," the hugely popular weekly video series on Country Rebel's Facebook page.
Waldrup is currently nominated for 2 Nashville Independent Music
Awards (NIMA) for Best Country Live Performer and Best Female Country Solo. In 2017, she won 3 NIMA awards for Best Live Country Performer, Best Video and Best Solo Female Country Artist and she also landed an original song in the motion picture 'Scales: Mermaids are Real'. The video for her 2016 Summer song "I Got That Kind of Time" spent 5 weeks at #1 and 12 weeks in the top 5 on CMT. Her "Trashy Crashed the Party" video stayed in the top 3 for 5 weeks straight.
Waldrup appeared on Bravo TV's Platinum Hit with hosts Jewel
& Kara Diaguardi, and had music featured on Bravo TV's reality series My Fab 40. She was a Nashville Rising Star finalist in 2015 and was previously named a GAC Top 25 Songwriter. Karen
has been featured on NASCAR ESPN LIVE, the NFL Experience
Superbowl XLVII and hundreds of other outlets world wide.
Waldrup's new album Justified is available everywhere now.