Karen Oberlin




Secret Love: A Tribute to Doris Day


The New York Times called Karen Oberlin's hit tribute to the great Doris Day "widely admired" and called her "a jazzier inheritor of Doris Day's impeccable pop style."  Without any impersonation, Oberlin has often been compared to Ms. Day in her work as a vocalist, and Oberlin couldn't be happier:    "Doris Day one of our greatest artists, and although she is truly American, like apple pie and jazz, she reaches the hearts and minds of people all over the world," says Oberlin.   Called "thrilling" by Rex Reed in the New York Observer, she has been hailed by the New York Times as one of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook and she has toured worldwide.  Oberlin has been the recipient of Nightlife, MAC and Bistro Awards and she is a recording artist with three CD's (including "Secret Love: The Music of Doris Day") with a fourth due in 2013. Fresh from her weeklong engagement at London's newest cabaret club, this show was a sold out, smash-hit.   The song list includes beloved favorites such as "Que Sera, Sera," "Sentimental Journey," and of course the title song, "Secret Love" but also includes many rare, poignant songs that show the many sides of this intriguing icon. In this exciting show, she delves deeply into the life and music of this intriguing and important cultural phenomenon -- from having a baby as a teenager, touring with a big band, to her tumultuous marriages and becoming the highest paid woman in Hollywood history while recording sensational songs throughout her varied career.  


Other press quotes from this show:


“Ms. Oberlin’s beautifully shaped reading in the classic pop tradition was one that Ms. Day in her prime might well have envied.”

-- Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES


"Oberlin’s version of ‘Secret love’ is one of the best versions ever... By the time (she) has completed her act she has certainly achieved her goal “to honour Day’s spirit and her complexity as an artist”, and also prove herself a champion of popular song."

-- Tom Vallance, CLASSICAL SOURCE, London, UK



“I’m so enjoying your CD! You have a beautiful sound and tone so I am very flattered that you have enjoyed my work. You brought me to tears.” 





 "Warm intimacy, pitch perfect, funny, poignant, mellow, sexy and spirited (with) a sophisticated sense of phrasing... Her voice soared, rangy and velvety... In a one-night only show at the Iridium, Karen Oberlin reprised her Doris Day tribute with mature, ebullient, confident Oberlin jazz savvy." -- Elizabeth Ahlfors, CABARET SCENES MAGAZINE