Karen Rush is a Belfast based Actress and Singer working in the professional musical theatre and Television industry for nearly 20 years and as a singer has performed worldwide.
THE EARLY YEARS:
From Belfast; Karen performed her first church solo at the age of 9. Her talents were spotted early on and through school she was encouraged to join Fortwilliam Musical Society who gave her first theatre role in a production of Annie at The Harbeton & Arts Theatre, Belfast. Her early professional vocal training began at The Belfast School of Music, in which Karen was a member of the Youth Choral with performances alongside the Ulster Orchestra at The Ulster Hall. Her love and passion for music ensued and after 3 years of mentoring and performing lead roles with The Ulster Theatre Company Musical Youth theatre under the Direction of Michael Poynor who has guided successful names to stardom such as James Nesbitt, Gerard Mc Carthy (Hollyoaks) and Rachel Tucker (Wicked UK & Broadway) Karen decided to move to London dedicate her training to Musical Theatre.
Graduating in 1998 with a 1st class degree in Performing Arts, specialising in Musical Theatre & Dance; Karen immediately made her professional singing debut as ‘guest vocalist’ with the familiar music star and now local director Peter Corry at The Waterfront Hall. A performance of The Women Of Cantabury at The Belfast Festival at Queens then lead to her first stint as
lead in Pantomime, also at the Waterfront Hall, followed the next year by winning the title rol of Snow White at The Grand Opera House Belfast starring alongside Britt Ekland and Robin Cousins. Her career has followed the path of variety ever since.
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Alongside her successful musical career Karen has performed lead vocals for some of London top big band style wedding bands & cover bands such as Star, Scaramouche, China Grove,
E2, Souled Out.
During this time Karen discovered a love of Abba and has featured in some of the highest profile Abba Tribute bands in the UK. Most notably the famous Bo
otleg Abba, Abba Gold Europe & Abbamania in Concert which toured Europe and played a 5,000 strong crowd at The Kremlin Palace, Moscow in 2004. Karen is also toured Brazil with Abba Magic in 2011/12.
A natural pattern was being discovered in the casting of Karen in musical roles; and in playing many popstar icons such as Kate Bush, Gina, Gee, Dana, Lulu, Olivia Newtown- John, Kylie, Clodagh Rodgers and of course Agnetha & Frida, Karen realised that using her voice to impersonate singers combined with her acting ability made Karen the perfect tribute style artist and this is where she now focus the vast majority of her work in supplying top themed bands for corporate clients, venues, wedding and festivals.