Karees has recorded the first pop-MEETS inspirational-MEETS rock project of her career. Her music combines Contemporary Insprirational Music with Pop influences into a pummeling sound that has rocked the Midwest. Karees’ goal is to create music that speaks to a wide audience. She realizes there is a void amongst mankind that needs to be filled, and hopes her music is part of the solution. She wants her message of power and encouragement to cross denominational and geographical barriers during this era of broken economy, broken communities, and broken people. Karees hopes to create a platform to help, serve, and educate people.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Karees has been singing ever since her parents could remember. They would often tell the story of her singing a song called “One in a Million”, ON PITCH, when she was still in pampers! Her first professional experience was with the World Renowned Walt Whitman & the Soul Children of Chicago. This youth choir allowed her to travel around the world, singing at the White House as a child, sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder, etc. Her experiences in that youth organization had a profound impact on her musically, personally and spiritually.
Karees' talent was shaped and honed more and more as she began to become heavily involved in every music and arts program offered during grade school and high school. If there was a choir, band, or orchestra around, Karees was in it, and was usually principal clarinetist or vocalist, even sitting first chair in the community’s Southwest Symphony Orchestra. She was afforded the opportunity to travel overseas to Europe with her high school band and choir. Her parents exposed her to many arts programs, explaining why she is so versatile and eclectic in her writing, vocal, and social abilities today.
As a teen, Karees began to develop her vocal producing and songwriting skills after she met and befriended Kanye West during a local competition. He complimented her on her singing abilities and the two began to frequently work together in the studio for his many of his hip hop projects. She and her friends later formed their own female vocal group called SEVEN - a group of amazingly talented girls that were known for their breathtaking harmonies. SEVEN sang their beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the “Celebration Ceremonies”, which was an event that recognized the new Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears.
Besides working with a plethora of artists; writing and producing for Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child and Drew Sidora from the hit BET TV Show “The GAME”, Ramsey Lewis’ Urban Knights album, performing behind Celine Dion, David Foster, Yolanda Adams, and many more, she was also a HOLLYWOOD participant of AMERICAN IDOL two seasons in a row.
Please allow Karees to inspire you, motivate you, and make you smile so hard it hurts by lending your ears and your hearts.
“Karees embodies positivity, optimism, love and HOPE.”
"Karees has one of the most angelic and purest voices your ears will ever experience!"
“Karees is not only a great performer but a great entertainer. She brings life and energy to her events.”