Singer/songwriter Karen Rodriguez was born in Miami and raised in New YorkCity. Karen reached national attention on season 10 of American Idol, where she blewaudiences away with powerful renditions of “Hero” by Mariah Carey, “If You Had MyLove” by Jennifer Lopez, “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, and “No Me QuedaMás” by Selena. Karen became the first bilingual finalist on the show.Post American Idol, Karen sang background vocals on Marc Anthony’s #1 smash “VivirMi Vida” which led to a meeting with Romeo Santos. Romeo asked her to collaborate asa writer on his second album, Formula, Vol 2. Karen co-wrote three songs with Romeofrom the project; “Odio” featuring Drake, “Trust” featuring Tego Calderón, and “GoneForever.” Karen also wrote the Spanish translation of “Somebody” by Natalie La Rosefeaturing Jencarlos Canela and Kevin Roldan, which was performed at the2015 Latin American Music Awards.In 2015, Karen began releasing Spanglish covers of popular songs on her YouTubechannel. Her Spanish translations of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Justin Bieber’s “LoveYourself” reached close to 3m views each; her Spanglish cover of Adele’s “Hello” wentviral, surpassing over 10m views on YouTube, and charted #5 on US iTunes Latino chartand #7 Billboard Latin Digital charts. Karen’s Spanish cover of Justin Bieber’s “LoveYourself,” titled “Quiérete A Ti” premiered exclusivelyon SiriusXM’s Viva and Caliente channels in February 2016.
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