Ms. Karyn Denham

Meet Karyn Denham…Mother, Teacher, and Dynamite Blues Singer

Meet Karyn Denham…Mother, Teacher, and Dynamite Blues Singer
by Laurie Mirkin

I’m so glad I got to speak to Karyn on the phone today.  She will be part of the event on March 26th at Primo, when Ladies Sing the Blues wows us again by giving their time to raise money for scholarships for women in need. Karyn  Is like a breath of fresh air.  She is serious about whatever she does, whether it be parenting, teaching, or singing in her band.  She recently started the band Karyn and the Uprights.  It was a dream of hers forever, and now that her kids are 16 and 14, she can leave them for a few hours and live out her dream on stage.

Karyn has an interesting background.  Years before, she was a degreed scientist who worked in a hospital.  It was a job she loved, but as a single parent Karyn felt a strong responsibility to be closer to home and to her children.  It was fortunate that she picked up a position as a teacher, which she also loves, but the money makes it difficult to make ends meet.  Now that she has her band, finances are a bit better.


Karyn DenhamI asked about her band, Karyn and the Uprights.  I should have asked her the meaning behind the name but I’ll catch her when she performs at the next Ladies Sing the Blues event on March 26th at Primo Italian Ristorante on Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  We’re so excited to have her on board because she freely and with great joy gives of her time to help those less fortunate than herself by being part of the fundraiser.  Karyn is also quite impressed with the group of women who come together for a cause to create the Ladies Sing the Blues events.  There’s no jealousy or rivalry.  Karyn says it’s heartwarming to be a part of it, all sisters who unite for a single cause, to make someone’s life better.

The organization that we are having the event for is called the American Business Women’s Association.  They are the top agency of their parent organization because they manage to raise the most money to furnish scholarships to institutions of higher learning, thereby making it possible to provide educational scholarships to  junior colleges, technical schools and other accredited institutions.

You can also catch Karyn and her band at Ralph’s San Ann on April 19th as well ast May 24th, and JC Craver’s on April 13th.  Treat yourself to this wonderful night of entertainment on March 26th at Primo Italian Ristorante.  A $20 donation at the door will give you a super night of entertainment and snacks.  Bar and food will also be available at reasonable prices.

See you there!

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