Work in Progress
Karen is a born again up-and-rising gospel singer and songwriter. This is the time when the world needs to know that it is safe and secure in the arms of Jesus Christ and that He is Lord. She delivers an uncompromised gospel message in all of the songs sung and written. Her purpose for ministry is to let the world know that Jesus is real in the lives of his people and is waiting on them with an open door. 'We all go through a process of becoming and sometimes it looks as though we are not going to become what God says but know we all are a 'Work in Progress'. Karen cannot attest to any connections or singing experiences that could be attributed to the birth of her ministry other than Jesus Christ. She is a born again, blood washed believer who can authenticate the saving, resurrection and delivering power of Christ the Lord. However, when all is said and done all Glory is given to God. Jesus, in His sovereignty, decided that Karen was going to be taken another way. Karen professes to be a 'congregational' singer. She worships 'The Lord' with her whole heart no matter where she is. She believes that each individual is to become a praise and worship singer and the church a worship and praise team. Karen, however, does not discount the church; Jesus' chosen bride and way of salvation, affirmation of ministry, and impartation of gifts; and neither does she discount the influence those around her (Her Pastor, worshipers, musicians, trainers, educators and those who noticed her call and encouraged her). It is, however, the overall influence of Jesus and His shaping, making and molding her into what she is becoming. Karen does not claim a place of arrival, but is 'A Work in Progress'. Jesus has been and will be forever Lord of her life. She confesses that the songs of Zion written and sung by her have been birthed out of experiences with God who has showed her comfort and care. Therefore, it is her desire is to pass on the messages exhibited to her by an ever-faithful Lord. Karen believes that true worship and praise is birthed out of one's experiences and is demonstrated in every venue of life without compromise. She professes true worship in that she believes that she is to 'sing out' the songs of Zion wherever she goes as a demonstration of true faithfulness to what she has been called to do. Karen does not think worship is a performance that is left up to worship and praise leader, but something everyone should participate in because Jesus is worthy of worship and praise. She believes that worship and praise is not just singing songs, but also the abandoning of self in the presence of the Lord. Karen was born and raised in Norfolk, Virgina and is a member of Straight Gate Evangelistic Church Chesapeake under the pastorate of Dr. Horace S. Allen. Karen welcomes you to listen and be blessed by her debut CD 'A Work in Progress' which promises to minister the hearer the heart of God and demonstrates the heart a believer has for God. She prays you will be blessed. From the Heart of God to Yours: God wants you to allow Him to mess in your lives and be reshaped by Him. No matter how broken, frayed, or dismayed your life may seem to you, Jesus Christ, The Master Designer, can use the most unconventional means to mend your unconventional lives. Do not despise the process. - Karen.