Karen Fisher is a gifted singer/songwriter living in Midland, Texas, where she currently serves in the worship ministry at Stonegate Fellowship. Over the last seven years Karen has been polishing her songwriting skills while releasing two independent projects: Just Like Me, in 2003, and her latest, The New Has Come. Since her debut release, Karen has had the opportunity to open for several major recording artists including Lincoln Brewster and the vocal group Avalon.
When it comes to music, Karen can't remember a time when she didn't absolutely love every aspect of it. As a toddler she would sit at the piano and peck out songs she'd heard either at church or on the radio. Her solo debut came out of fear...her sister's. At the last minute her sister refused to go on stage and Karen stepped right up and filled the gap. Karen began writing songs at a very young age. Her mom encouraged her to take piano lessons but that was short lived due to the fact that playing by ear was a lot easier than practicing scales...a choice she regrets even to this day!
Karen continued writing and singing all the way through college. In 1990, after graduating from Sanford University in Birmingham, Alabama, she made plans to move to Nashville. Yet "many are a man's plans, but the Lord determines his path." Indeed God was leading Karen, but not to Nashville. He wanted her in Texas...Midland, Texas. Midland held more than just a job for Karen, it held a brand new life. She met her husband, Burt, at a mutual friend's wedding and got married on Christmas night at her home in 1993. She spent the next 6 years teaching 6th grade language arts and singing at the church she and her husband attended.
In 1999, her first child was born and Karen quit teaching to raise a family. She also became actively involved in a new church where she sang on the praise team and played keyboards for the praise band. In 2000, she entered a songwriting contest held in Nashville and was chosen as one of four finalists. More and more opportunities came for Karen to share her music, not only at her new church but at the women's Community Bible Study where she led the praise and worship.
Encouraged by the reception, Karen decided to record her first project, Just Like Me. The album was produced by Mark and Mike Childers, two brothers who frequently tour the country playing bass and drums for many contemporary Christian artists including Nicole Nordeman, Mark Schultz, Avalon, 4-Him and Point of Grace.
Karen's soul-stirring lyrics and catchy melodies easily connect her to a wide range of listeners. She has performed everywhere from large outdoor festivals and church concerts to more intimate settings where she shares her stories and songs at various women's events. Her ability to blend her own music with more commonly used songs creates a unique, engaging, and worshipful atmosphere. She has led worship for PrayerForce with Fern Nichols of Moms in Touch and Jennifer Kennedy Dean of the Praying Life Foundation, as well as sharing her music at speaking engagements with other well-known authors including David Limbaugh, Lisa Whelchel, and Nancy Cobb. She placed 3rd in both the pop/contemporary vocal performance and songwriting category at the 30th annual GMA "Music in the Rockies" competition.
Karen has been called "the voice of moms" because her music genuinely touches the hearts of mothers everywhere. She writes from personal experience and her lyrics, along with her storytelling, are real, honest, and relational. The purpose of her music is to minister to others, encourage them with sincerity and honesty, and to show them a heart that loves Jesus.
Karen stays busy as a wife and mother of three young children, all of whom are an endless source of musical and spiritual inspiration.