UK-based singer & songwriter with over 11 years in the industry covering recording, session-singing, live performance & songwriting. My self-penned song 'Miracle' fought off 300 other entries when I was one of six acts shortlisted to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. Other credits include BMG, Warner, Soundiva Italy.
"A BONAFIDE HIT." The Independent.
"THE UNIQUE TALENT OF BEING A DEDICATED ARTIST, A TRULY INSPIRED COMPOSER AND A WONDERFUL PERSON." - Eurovision Romania.
"A SUPERLATIVE SINGER, A TALENTED ARTIST AND A PURE SOUL" Giorgio G. Milan, Italy.
"THE MOST VERSATILE & INNOVATIVE ARTIST I HAVE WORKED WITH." Z Thompson-Vaux.
Over 11 years experience in the industry as a professional recording artist, session vocalist, live performance, top line writing & songwriting. My self-penned song 'Miracle' fought off 300 other entries when I was one of six acts shortlisted to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. I then went onto write for other Eurovision acts including Martin Fitch and worked closely with Louis Walsh on a track for Ireland. Other credits include working with producer Jonas Westling (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Usher, Paul McCartney) BMG, Warner, Soundiva Italy. Collaborations with Vangelis Polydorou from BBC's The Voice, Finland's DJ Herman, Ivano Icardi.
Software Used: Logic Pro X.
Hardware: Shure SM7B Microphone, Presonus AudioBox iOne.
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37 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Karl L
Karl was very kind, reliable and quick in communication, and did the singing very well, followed our instructions. Thx!
Karl did an amazing job and his vocals are sounding great in our track. Will definitely work with him again!
Karl is a great singer. Easy to work with and meets deadlines. Professional in every way.
A very talented singer ! It is very pleasant to communicate and work, everything is done very quickly and efficiently ! He listens to all the details and wishes ! I think we will cooperate more than once. Thanks again !
Highly recommend, very talented, great communication and fast respond. Just give him ‚space’ and the miracles will happen! He is not only great vocalist, but also a very good musician.
He is pushing the boundaries of your music to professional level.
Great working with Karl, very talented!!
Nice guy to work with. Thinks well about the project and is very easy to talk to. Good quality and voice. Enjoyed it.
Very good cooperation;) Full professional
Karl is a very good singer - Excellent delivery, very pleased!
Great person to work with! My recommendations!
I did a remote guitar session for Karl, and he was very clear on what he wanted from me as a guitarist, but also his view of the total production! Very nice collaboration!!
We have worked with Karl twice now and we must say, we feel we have found a musician partner for life. We'd highly recommend getting in touch because working with Karl is such a joy, his vocals and lyrics are always on point. We can't wait to do more projects with him.
Aidan - Revision-X
One song with Karl ended up becoming three more. Fantastic vocalist and wonderful to work with. He knows how to take a song to the next level. A radio-ready voice and very professional.
Worked with Karl on few occasions. Great voice and rhythm. He exceeds expectations as a professional.
Karl is a great singer and really knows how to make a song work! Will definitely be working with him again in the future
Karl has charisma in abundance and a vocal range that keeps surprising me. He makes singing and song writing seem effortless due to his passion, devotion, professionalism and sheer talent. His focus and drive during music projects (and incredible sense of humour) is exceptional.
One of the most talented guys I’ve had the pleasure of recording in my studio. Karl came to my studio when he was living in London and we quickly hit it off. He barely needed any direction or pointers as he knew exactly what he was doing. I’ve called on him a few times after that session to help with some film soundtrack work and his vocals always move me. A special talent.
I have had the pleasure of working with Karl for over 3 years. Initially I hired him as a session singer for one song which then spanned into another 3 tracks as I love the tone of his voice along with how easy it was to work with him. Now we write together and each experience has been incredible!
I'm a pianist and a coach pianist for both opera and pop singers and I can tell Karl's voice is unique and very expressive. I had the pleasure to work with him in two contracts onboard cruise ships and his professionalism both on and off stage it's a model for any serious musician to follow. He is very funny and creative, which makes him an amazing person to work with. It's always a pleasure to work with Karl and I look forward to work with him again!!!
Karl is an exceptionally talented singer and songwriter, his voice has a magic tone that just sits in a mix beautifully! He's a fantastic guy to work with, full of enthusiasm with a tireless drive to achieve great results. It's always a pleasure working with Karl!
I work with many singer/songwriters, and Karl is one of those rare few where everything he does seems to resonate with me.
His songs are catchy but, more importantly for me, they hit on an emotional level. And his voiceover has a uniqueness that gives tracks that little extra.
In short, Karl is a hard worker, a superb songwriter, a great singer and has dedicated his life to doing great music.
Interview with Karl L
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Software Used: Logic Pro X. Hardware: Shure SM7B Microphone.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Joel Evenden & Ben Haynes - both fantastic producers.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "Your speaking voice doesn't sound like your singing voice!" I have worked as a music manager for an American Cruise Line company. With over 200+ songs in my repertoire, I would perform with the live band every night, songs that would range from Motown, Classic Rock, 80's Soul, Funk & more. Therefore, I have trained my voice to sound as versatile as possible which has positively influenced & broadened my session singing opportunities.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: - Provide me with as much information as possible. - I will always stick to your brief but allow me to bring my own ideas to the table, you can always say no to it!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't get in the way of the music too much - let it flow organically. If you are thinking too long or too hard about a particular song, it's not the right time. Let it breathe, clear the mind and come back to it with fresh ears and an open mind.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: - Commercial pop songs for other bands/artists. - Commercial pop songs for my own releases. - Songs written specifically to brief for sync opportunities in TV shows, movies, commercial, etc... - Session singing on tracks to be pitched to other artists.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: - Layering vocals and creating unique harmonies. - Strong lyrics that are universal but not cliche.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I am not a songwriter that tends to carry around tons of notepads, jotting down lyrics at any available opportunity. For me, the music, the composition the chord structure and the 'energy' of the song seems to come first. The vocal melody comes next and when I start to feel that develop, I turn my microphone on and begin to sing anything. Subconsciously, lyrics begin to emerge during this point which is the start of the lyric writing process.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ryan Tedder - I admire that he writes, produces & performs his own work but also writes for other bands/artists. It is a great skill to write for someone who is a very different artist from yourself but he has an innate ability write in a very universal manner. Prince - he wrote and played every instrument on every single track on his 'Emancipation' album. Genius is an understatement. Tori Amos - one of the greatest live performers I have witnessed. She is definitely chanelling some other-worldy energy when she plays piano. Her lyrics are cryptic & challenging yet allow you to gain your own interpretation. George Martin - producer of The Beatles. You should check out The Making Of The White Album. At this point, The Beatles were no longer a functioning band, but 4 individual egos each with their own studio hashing out songs for this lengthy double album. George Martin managed to bring that madness together in an eclectic and highly accomplished record that, for me, remains their best.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Session Singing - I am given the lyrics & vocal melody and I record my vocals to the track - keeping it as close to the demo as possible unless there is room for my own additional ideas. Topline Writing - I am given the instrumental track and am asked to write the lyrics and vocal melody. Songwriting - purely lyric writing.