Karyn Rochelle grew up in a little town on the east coast of North Carolina called Hampstead, just north of Wilmington. She began writing songs at the early age of 10 years old. Growing up with a musical mom and brother, Karyn was constantly surrounded by all types of music and inspired by many genres. It was country music, in the end, that really won her heart. At the early age of 19, she packed up her car and moved to Nashville like all young musical dreamers. Within a year she signed her first publishing deal with Crutchfield Music Group.
Her first song ever recorded by a major artist was by the late country legend, Mr. George Jones. In the years to come she would have songs recorded by many more artists. A few artists took a particular liking to Karyn’s writing and recorded several songs on their albums. Trisha Yearwood recorded “Georgia Rain” and “This Is Me You’re Talking To” among many others. Kellie Pickler, also a fellow North Carolinian, co-wrote and recorded “Red High Heels”, “I Wonder” and “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful”. Newcomer Sunny Sweeney’s hit “From A Table Away” was co-penned by Karyn along with songs by Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, LeeAnn Womack, Terri Clark and most recently Sara Evans, who has three Karyn Rochelle songs on her current album.
The exciting new change in 2014 for Karyn is that while she has spent years building her career as a songwriter, she is now getting the opportunity to share her own voice as an artist. After Trisha Yearwood took notice of Karyn’s songs, she shared her music with her country superstar husband, Garth Brooks. Both Trisha and Garth have been incredible supporters of Karyn’s music ever since.
Karyn was invited in early 2014 to open shows for Trisha Yearwood on her “Just Because” tour and has now been extended the invitation to open shows on the Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood World Tour, kicking off in Chicago, September 4th. Karyn’s self-titled album was years in the making and, according to many, years overdue. In Karyn’s own words “As a songwriter, we are always recording demos of our songs and getting to work in the studio, and if you are lucky, like me, you get to hear your songs recorded by some incredibly talented artists, but there’s something different altogether about sitting at the control board in the studio listening to your own album. I remember thinking “I can’t believe I waited so many years to do this.” I cried so many tears of gratitude.
Karyn is currently published by Major Bob Music Nashville. Karyn’s self-titled album will be released on September 2nd, 2014.