Singing for soldiers

Karen Lee Batten brings her dynamic talent to any stage, including the sought-after Calgary Stampede premiere Nashville North Stage.

AWARD-WINNING SINGER Karen Lee Batten entertains Friday and Saturday at the Whistle Stop Pub.

AWARD-WINNING SINGER Karen Lee Batten entertains Friday and Saturday at the Whistle Stop Pub.

A three-time BCCMA Female Vocalist of the Year winner and top 10 finalist on Canadian Idol in 2003, Karen Lee Batten brings her dynamic talent to any stage, including the sought-after Calgary Stampede premiere Nashville North Stage in 2009, 2010 and 2011. “Karen Lee is a talented artist with a killer voice and a sparkling, infectious personality … she’s beautiful inside and out,” says Dayna Bourgoin, music director at CMT.

In the spring of 2009, Batten independently released her video Hearts on the Run, which was an immediate add at CMT Canada

Her album Every Moment was also independently released, and she has had strong radio success with four singles, Like I Would For You, One Day, A Bitter End and Hearts on the Run.

When asked to name one stage she would never forget, Batten’s reply was her tour to the Persian Gulf when she went to play for Canadian troops.

“It was truly the most amazing experience I have ever had; they were so grateful to us for coming when in actual fact they touched our hearts so much greater then what we did for them … such amazing people,” she says.

Batten has opened for Big & Rich, the Oakridge Boys, Lonestar, Emerson Drive, Aaron Lines, Ian Tyson, Deric Ruttan, Gord Bamford and many more.

Batten will perform this Friday and Saturday night at the Whistle Stop Pub as part of the weekend fundraiser for the Soldier On Fund, which will include a silent auction.

There is no cover charge, and entry is by donation to the fund.

— Whistle Stop Pub