Karen Staley Comes Home

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Country songwriter and singer Karen Staley will be performing at West Virginia Wesleyan College, her “home among the hills,” on Sunday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium for Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. The performance in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts will include other artists such as Della Mae, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, Amy Ray, and The Teetotallers.

A 1984 graduate of Wesleyan, Staley is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. While at Wesleyan, Staley, a devout Christian, began writing and singing Contemporary Christian music and performing at school and area churches.

Staley is a 30-year veteran of the Nashville music industry and has been involved in virtually every facet of the business from songwriting and performing to touring, recording and producing. Her songs have been played on radio over 12 million times and counting. Collectively, those songs have sold more than 20 million albums, singles, and downloads. Her hits include “Keeper of the Stars,” by Tracy Byrd, “Take Me As I Am,” and “Let’s Go to Vegas” by Faith Hill,  “A Face in the Crowd,” by Michael Martin Murphy and Holly Dunn,  “Across the Miles,” by IIIrd Tyme Out, “On A Night Like This,” by Trick Pony, “Everytime I Cry,” by Terri Clark, “Keep on Walking,” by Jeff and Sheri Easter also recorded by Faith Hill and Shelby Lynn,  and “The Rest is History” by Leann Rimes.

Staley was one of the original mainstays at the now historic Bluebird Café popularized by the TV show Nashville. As a member of Women In The Round, she and fellow singer-songwriters Tricia Walker, Pam Tillis, and Ashley Cleveland, along with their male counterparts SKO, were pioneers of the in-the-round concept of setting up in a circle in the middle of the Bluebird with the audience around them.

Staley’s songs have been nominated for DoveGrammy, and International Bluegrass Awards, and she won the ACM Song of The Year award with Byrd’s classic Keeper of the Stars” which was also featured on CMT’s 100 Greatest Country Love Songs of All Time TV special.

She is also the founder and President of Music Row Mentors, a talent development company, as well as her newly formed Music Row Teambuilders, a popular and entertaining special event where some of Nashville’s best songwriters work together with corporate executives and tour groups visiting the music city to write, perform, and record a fun song about their group in under two hours.

To learn more about Karen Staley, visit www.karenstaley.com.

The two-hour radio program showcases five guest artists on each episode and records the show for later distribution to 130 NPR stations nationwide and overseas via the Voice of America satellite system.

General admission tickets for the event will be $30 in advance and can be purchased at the Office of Campus Life, www.mountainstage.org, or by calling 800-594-TIXX.  A limited number of student tickets will be available on campus through March 7 for $20.