Karen Baum

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Karen Baum, Songwriter, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TNHaving sent away for her first copy right at the age of 10, Karen has been writing songs for as long as she can remember … observant, down to earth songs about life, love and lessons learned.

In the 1980’s, Grammy-winning writer Molly Ann Leiken mentored Karen for nearly two years. Lessons from that time and from her own life as a single mother have shaped her songwriting into a collection of insightful heartfelt songs.

Her early goals were to pitch songs to others or her band and has only been performing her own music acoustically in public for the past three years. In terms of her personal songwriting, she has found this to be the most rewarding.

Besides performing as a singer songwriter, Karen is also a lead singer and contributing songwriter in the band Crosseyed Cat.