KAREN BENEDETTO, Songwriter (ASCAP, MAC, NAPM, NYSMS, PMA*), is both resident and native of Rockland County, with a home also in New York City. Grateful for the opportunity to create in both the quiet of the Hudson Valley and the high energy of Manhattan, Karen writes in a variety of musical styles, from pop ballads, country, folk, and crossover, to cabaret, inspirational/gospel, and specialty material.
Her debut Songwriter CD, ‘Right From the Start…the Songs of Karen Benedetto’©, is a “various artists” collection of 17 songs, with all words and music by Karen. An array of talented musicians and arrangers in NYC collaborated in the performances on the album to produce deeply feeling and fully rounded treatments of each original song. Featuring prominent and sensitive voices from the Broadway, cabaret, and concert stages as well as two selections performed by the writer, herself, the CD represents a cross-section of the Benedetto song catalog.
The title selection from the album, “Right From the Start”©, is included on vocalist Marieann Meringolo’s CD, ‘Imagine…If We Only Have Love’©, an LML Music label release.
Included as a bonus track on Karen’s CD is her ‘hip-hop’ number, “Sister Thing”©, written for Girl Scouts of the USA, and is a cut on the organization’s 90th Anniversary release, ‘Sisters Hand in Hand’©, available through GirlScouts.org website.
ASCAP – American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
MAC – Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs
NAPM – National Academy of Popular Music
NYSMS – New York Sheet Music Society
PMA – Positive Music Association