Karen's Bio

Karen Shepherd is a talented vocalist, songwriter, and fiddle player of Cree heritage from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She has performed as both a soloist and a group musician for the past two decades. Karen and her group, The Crow Girls, received a 2008 Native American Music Award for Best Folk Recording and a nomination from the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Aboriginal Songwriter.  

Karen has traveled widely and performed internationally. Performances include: The Canadian Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the International Society for Music Education in Pretoria, South Africa, and the International Day celebrations in Gwangju, South Korea. 

Recently, Karen had the honour of playing the fiddle and performing background vocals for indigenous singer-songwriter Laura Vinson’s 2011 and 2013 The Spirit Sings tour. The show was well received in both the Netherlands and Belgium. Currently, Karen is working on a solo CD project to be released in late 2019. When she isn’t writing and recording music, she teaches fiddle and vocal lessons to students of all ages.