I am so excited to have Karen Drucker for the Unstoppable Singer livestream! Karen’s message is all about healing and love – whether singing one of her positive message songs or sharing stories that are funny, inspiring and heart-opening. She is a keynote speaker, women’s retreat facilitator, and entertainer who has recorded 20 CDs of her inspirational music. Karen is also the author of the best-selling book “Let Go of the Shore – Songs & Stories To Set The Spirit Free.” Her chants and songs are used around the world and often help people deal with illness and loss, or help them fill the need to feel more centered for the day. Karen’s intention is to make a difference by using her music to open hearts and share a message of hope, acceptance, and love.
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Find excerpts from the interview below:
On standing on the piece of real estate that is your own:
How can you think outside the box of what everybody else is doing and create your own? Well, I love this expression: Stand on the piece of real estate that is your own. Stand on that place where [you can say] this is what you do. And it took me many years to get to this place of feeling that, because I was trying to do the typical singer songwriter route and wearing pink spandex mini dresses, because I grew up in Hollywood, so I was doing that whole thing, trying to get a record deal and all that. And I just think it’s amazing how life works of the zigzag path that my life took that led me to the music that I’m doing today, which is what I’m supposed to be doing.
On her journey:
So I went to Hollywood High. Like, totally. I’m growing up in Hollywood. And again, those images that you’re talking about, it’s like everyone had long, blonde, straight hair, and they’re tan and gorgeous and skinny, and here I am with this and curly hair. I’m straightening my hair. I’ve got acne and braces. I’m just a drip. But around that time, around when I’m 15 years old, I lived in Laurel Canyon in Hollywood. Wow. And that’s where all the rock stars lived. And who moves in on my street but Carol King? And she moves in with her two older daughters, and she just had a new baby. And I was a resident babysitter for everyone on that. Oh, my gosh. In my typical hotspot way, I just march on down, knock on the door and go, Hi there. I babysit for all the kids. I understand you have a kid. You want me to babysit? Oh, yeah. I’d love to. Because she had to live in Nanny, but she needed Sundays off, so I was Sunday, and Sunday turned into more. And she then had another baby, and she became my everything. I was like her substitute older daughter because at that time, Louise, her oldest daughter, was in a really rebellious stage. And I’m like the perfect little girl. And I looked so much like her that people would always just think I was her oldest daughter. And she took me to her hairdresser to get my hair cut like this and gave me her funky muslin clothes. She was just like my second mom.
But the thing that was amazing was she knew I wanted to do music, but I had no talent. I was a swimmer. I swam 4 hours a day, 2 hours in the morning, 2 hours at night. I was training for the Olympics. That’s all I knew. But one day I come home from school and in my bedroom is her piano! She was remodeling her recording studio in her house and needed to store her piano for a while while they were remodeling. She knew I wanted to do music, and she arranged it with my mom. I came home, here’s her piano in my bedroom. And that is what is known as spirit going, you’re going this direction. And I just must have played for hours and hours and hours every day. I just was so motivated to learn how to play piano, and I couldn’t sing my way out of a paper bag. I was terrible. And she said to me, because I think I mentioned this to her one day, she said, Here’s a quote: If you sing your own songs, if you write your own songs, it doesn’t matter how you sing.” She said, “look at me. Look at Bob Dylan.”
So I went, Oh. there’s a decision I’ve made. So I became a songwriter who sings my own songs. And to this day, I’ll be really honest with you and say that’s probably my if I was to be super honest, my insecurity is I always feel like I don’t ever think of myself as a singer because when I was doing private parties and I’m in some sequined dress singing As Time Goes By or whatever, I could never feel that that was really me. But when I’m singing one of my own songs and I’m singing a song especially about healing, and I know that someone who’s going through cancer is listening to that, that’s what makes me feel in alignment.
On asking yourself “What am I here for?”:
That feels like death to me— to get to a point where you’re just going, Oh, I made it. That’s it. To me, that’s what now here, this is a spiritual part of me that I just really feel. That spirit gives you this. Whatever it is, is yours and you have to keep it’s like an onion where you just keep peeling layers… So I mentioned being a private party singer. I did that for years. But there came a time where it got so painful for me because I’m up there singing Evergreen and New York, New York, and I’m selling it and I’m making a good living. I mean, I had a band and I kept them employed. But I got to a point where my spirit was starting to die inside because there was this voice that kept saying, there’s something more. And I had no idea what it was. And I remember going into the bathroom on some of these gigs and just crying because going, I don’t know what it looks like. I don’t know where to go. It wasn’t like there was a playbook that I could just turn the next chapter and says, oh, now this is what you do. I had no idea. But I just had this feeling. And it’s different than drive, because we’ve been talking about that hustle drive, right? It’s different. This was like something else needs to be expressed. And I don’t know what it is. It’s almost like you just feel like there’s this birthing happening in you and you have no idea what it is. And so I just had to keep trusting and going deeper in my soul to just keep saying, what is it? … I wrote a song called I Feel the Call of Something More. I feel the call to be someone I’ve never been before. I feel the call of something more and it’s asking me, what am I here for? And I kept just saying, what am I here for?
Here’s the thing. I want to just make a point of that. Things can be great. You’re doing your thing. But at a certain point, if you get to a point where you just feel like there’s like this feeling in your stomach, it’s like in your gut there’s something more to just keep analyzing that and trusting that.
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Hi! I’m Danielle Tucker – singer, vocal coach, and lead vocalist of The Mighty Untouchables band.
Throughout my 20-year career, I’ve equally enjoyed singing country, rock, pop, gospel, and jazz. Today, I’m a professional singer/songwriter available for solo performances, studio recording, and lead vocalist of San Diego-based band The Mighty Untouchables. I also offer vocal coaching to both solo artists and groups through my own studio. I’ve crafted a rewarding vocal career, and it’s my great pleasure to bring music to others through private bookings, performing with my band, or helping others to grow more confident in their own vocal gifts. Thanks for visiting my site I’m honored that you’d like to get to know me!