Karen McFeeters, a native of St. Albans, Vermont, emerged on the local folk music scene in 2000 when she participated in the Songwriterâ€™s Showcase at Burlingtonâ€™s Contois Auditorium. Since then she has been performing her original contemporary folk/pop music in venues throughout Vermont. She has participated in events such as the St. Albans Concert in the Park Series, the Mad River Valley Festival of the Arts, and the Independence Day Celebration on the State House lawn in Montpelier. Robert Resnick has featured her songs on his Vermont Public Radio program. Karen has also been interviewed on local television and radio stations.
Karen has sung lead and harmony vocals on recordings by fellow songwriters. She has opened for singer/songwriters Carrie Newcomer, Diane Zeigler, and Patti Casey. She is also a member of a vocal/acoustic trio with Craig Anderson and John Gibbons. The trio was well-received by large audiences as part of Burlingtonâ€™s First Night Celebration in both 2002 and 2003.
In August of 2002, Karen released her solo debut album, Bachelor Girl, to a standing room only crowd at the FlynnSpace in Burlington. Bachelor Girl was chosen as one of the Top 10 Best of 2002 releases by Vermont Artists.
In October 2004, Karen released her second album of original music, Maybe Day, which was celebrated via shows in both Burlington and St. Albans. Her rendition of “My Only Son” (written by Carol Abair) was selected for inclusion on Big Heavy World’s compilation CD In Silver Light. Also in 2004, Karen performed solo for First Night Burlington.
Between 2005 and 2008, Karen focused on community service by headlining benefit concerts: WomenFolk (with Susannah Clifford Blachly, Kristina Stykos, Carol Abair and Rebecca Padula) and Karen McFeeters & Friends (with Paul Webb, Craig Anderson, John Gibbons and Carol Abair). Proceeds benefited Kids On The Block Vermont.
In March 2009, Karen released her third album, Here and Now. Here and Now was chosen as one of the best singer/songwriter albums of 2009 by the Times Argus.
Karen has given community lectures on the craft of songwriting and taught a four-week class entitled Beginning Songwriting for Teens through Burlington City Arts in 2003. She taught a songwriting course for adults in the spring of 2005.
By day Karen is a medical speech and language pathologist specializing in voice therapy at Fletcher Allen Health Care.