Karen Willough


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  • Actor/Actress
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Lyricist
  • Singer - Choral
  • Singer - Musical Theater
  • Songwriter
  • Writer - General
  • Writer - Journalist
About Me
Karen Willough, songwriter and longtime choral singer grew up in New York and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. After completing undergraduate education at the College of New Rochelle, she went to New York University for graduate studies in Psychology.

She quickly discovered that the field was not for her and bounced around in an assortment of jobs while continuing to study music and pursue a songwriting career. Willough met michéal Castaldo when they were both members the Songwriter’s Guild of America, at offices located in New York. He produced several of her original compositions.

After marriage, a child, living on another continent and traveling to over 25 countries, Willough finally returned to where she belonged--the world of music.

Willough sang with Capella Sint Jan in The Netherlands for several years, before returning to the U.S. Since 2012, Willough has been singing with Chicago’s prestigious Mount Carmel Morning Choir under the direction of Paul French, where she met Chicago jazz musician Michael Jones. The two recorded the duet "World without You" and later "Shall We Dance"--a jazz version of the Rogers & Hammerstein song from "The King and I."

Willough has spent the last few years on Chicago’s cabaret scene, under the tutelage of the acclaimed Beckie Menzie, performing in venues such as Pertterino’s, The Polo Inn, and Davenport’s. She recently release her first CD, "SCRUMPTIOUS" with songs arranged by Bobby Schiff and produced by michéal Castaldo.
Beyond the Sea
Count on Me
Glory of Love
Love of My Life
Not Exactly Paris
Once Upon a Dream
Shall We Dance
Taking a Chance
There's Fine, Fine Line
Truly Scrumptious
Quotes from fans and press
"Karen Willough proves highly adept at creating articulate tender snapshots" - Beach Sloth

“Lovely.” - DJ David Clapham - bcb 106.6FM (Bradford, UK)

“The balance is ideal as Karen Willough manages to veer from the near silent to the absolute triumphant.” - Scope Magazine

"Beautiful." - DJ Giovanna Auriemma - NY radio station WRHU

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Your home gym or mine.
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See yourself there.
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$100/one-hr session
$800 for 10-hr advance purchase
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