Origin: Toronto, Ontario
Karen Silver began as a backing vocalist for the disco group Star City Band on the album I'm A Man in 1978 on the Marlin label which depended on TK Record . It suffered competition from the album Macho. Jim Rigon was on keyboards, Valentino Mancuso on guitar, Gilles Maheu on bass and the Joe Rigon brothers on percussion. The album was produced by John Driscoll .
The same year John Driscoll and his Canadian friend Gino Soccio began a solo album project with Karen Silver. First on the Quality Records label , it was distributed in the United States by Arista . The title Hold On I'm Coming allowed Karen Silver to make a name for herself in Disco clubs thanks to a promotional single, but sales were dragging.
In 1980 Gino Soccio, despite the promotion of his solo album S-Beat and the recording of Closer , worked in the studio on music for Karen Silver with whom he became friends while working on the arrangements. The following year the first single from these sessions was pressed, Set Me Free , with a slow tempo, is typically a club tune from this period. After two years away from the American charts with this title, she is back in the top rankings.
This single released on Quality Records and the following Nobody Else definitively implanted the style that Gino Soccio had with his title Try It Out . At the end of 1981, the Quality Records label produced other titles for Karen Silver's second solo album. A third and final EP was released in early 1982. Clean Up Woman was used to promote her album, but the American public didn't buy it, it was hard to beat Betty Wright .
For the next twenty years Karen Silver probably continued studio sessions and began working as a makeup artist . In her own words from 2004, she quit singing in 2002 and opened a makeup business specializing in weddings.