The Jim Brickman Show
Interview with Karen Rodriguez
Jim Brickman talks with singer/songwriter and former American Idol contestant Karen Rodriguez about her new single “Happy April Fools”
Jim Brickman – Well this is my favorite part of the show because I get to interview some amazingly talented artists and this weekend is no exception because I’m talking with Karen Rodriguez. Karen now you have a brand new single out and I love the name of this song “Happy April Fools.” And you know – it’s such a cool title, it’s intriguing. It makes you think ‘What is this about?’ So now a lot of people know you from American Idol, from Season 10, and that gave you national attention – and I want to talk about that but first up “Happy April Fools.” Tell us a little bit about the song.
Karen Rodriguez – So it’s actually a true story. I had set up to meet up with a guy at a party on April Fools Day and he never showed up! So the whole night I’m over here thinking he’s just playing a prank on me you know he’s going to come eventually and we had been texting and I said ‘Where are you? The party is almost over.” And he’s like ‘blah, blah, blah’ you know – he never showed up and I pretty much stayed there until the party was empty and I was so upset that I went home and wrote this song.
Jim Brickman – I like that, I like that. You know the true stories are always the best because they come from a really authentic place and that’s what’s so cool. So we’re talking with Karen Rodriguez and she has a brand new album out and you may have seen her on American Idol on Season 10.
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Singer/songwriter Karen Rodriguez was born in Miami and raised in New YorkCity. Karen reached national attention on season 10 of American Idol, where she blew audiences away with powerful renditions of “Hero” by Mariah Carey, “If You Had MyLove” by Jennifer Lopez, “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, and “No Me Queda Más” by Selena. Karen became the first bilingual finalist on the show.
Post American Idol, Karen sang background vocals on Marc Anthony’s #1 smash “Vivir Mi Vida” which led to a meeting with Romeo Santos. Romeo asked her to collaborate asa writer on his second album, Formula, Vol 2. Karen co-wrote three songs with Romeo from the project; “Odio” featuring Drake, “Trust” featuring Tego Calderón, and “GoneForever.” Karen also wrote the Spanish translation of “Somebody” by Natalie La Rose featuring Jencarlos Canela and Kevin Roldan, which was performed at the 2015 Latin American Music Awards.
In 2015, Karen began releasing Spanglish covers of popular songs on her YouTube channel. Her Spanish translations of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Justin Bieber’s “LoveYourself” reached close to 3m views each; her Spanglish cover of Adele’s “Hello” went viral, surpassing over 10m views on YouTube, and charted #5 on US iTunes Latino chart and #7 Billboard Latin Digital charts. Karen’s Spanish cover of Justin Bieber’s “LoveYourself,” titled “Quiérete A Ti” premiered exclusively on SiriusXM’s Viva and Caliente channels in February 2016.