Singer/songwriter Karen Rodriguez was born in Miami and raised in New York City. A finalist on the 10th season of American Idol, Karen blew audiences away with powerful renditions of “Hero” by Mariah Carey, “If You Had My Love” by Jennifer Lopez, “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, and “No Me Queda Más” by Selena. Karen became the first bilingual finalist on the show.
Post American Idol, Karen has been actively writing, collaborating, and performing. She sung background vocals on Marc Anthony’s #1 smash “Vivir Mi Vida.” which lead to a meeting with Romeo Santos who asked her to collaborate as a writer on his second album, Formula, Vol 2. Karen co-wrote three songs with Romeo including the single “Odio” featuring Drake, “Trust” featuring Tego Calderón, and “Gone Forever.”
Karen wrote the Spanish translation to “Somebody” by Natalie La Rose featuring Jencarlos Canela and Kevin Roldan, which was performed at the 2015 Latin American Music Awards. Karen also performed “Back It Up” with Prince Royce at the 2015 Latin Grammy Awards. Her recently released Spanglish cover of Adele’s “Hello” reached over 1,000,000 YouTube views in one week, and reached #5 on the iTunes Latino chart.