Inspired by early R&B, soul and rock legends of the '50s, '60s & '70s, Karena grew up swooning alongside her father with his vinyl collection. Performing live for the first time at age six, she began writing poetry and lyrics shortly after. She has described her first performance as the moment she knew music was her savior. Karena cultivated her silky-smooth vocals with years of formal choral training, competing often in Florida's local and state solo & choral ensemble competitions, later in a R&B singing group in her teens.
Her vocal style is often described as a mixture between Rock, R&B, Soul & Jazz coming together to form a unique sound and delivery. Her captivating warm alto carries each song she sings with deep emotion. Karena lists her biggest influences as Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Stevie Nicks, Sade , Ann Wilson and Diana Ross to name a few.
Karena recorded her first album titled "NO OTHER WAY TO SAY THIS." Self described as a smooth R&B, true labor of love. Karena would like to thank her producer, friend and mentor Mr. Russ Swain of Russ Swain Productions who also collaborated vocally on two tracks.
Her album and Single Tracks are on sale now at multiple venues!
Karena is also proud of her role as the LEAD SINGER with Simply Tina - a Premier Tribute Band to the legendary Miss TINA TURNER!
Simply Tina is a world class Tina Turner tribute band composed of talented musicians, singers & dancers. The HIGH ENERGY SHOW with audience participation is sure to get you out of your seats while you sing along to so many of Tina's HITS! Simply Tina is a full live band - no lip syncing, no backing tracks all singing & every note is performed live. Karena Korokous, transforms herself into the legendary Tina Turner on stage.