Growing up in Brooklyn (Do or Die) Bed-Stuy Karen Bernod always performed in neighborhood talent shows. Her favorite songs were usually by female artists such as Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Robeta Flack and Stephanie Mills. The youngest of three, Karen is a native New Yorker. She attended Erasmus Hall High School and she was very active in Music, Theater and Student government. She was Senior Class president and a member of the female choir “Cantata”. She majored in Music at New Paltz University (SUNY) and took a leave of absence after one year to pursue her music career.