Nashville, TN (December 13, 2018) - 2018 has been an amazing year professionally for viral sensation, innovative entrepreneur and country singer/songwriter Karen Waldrup and she’s capping it with a hometown performance of the National Anthem at the New Orleans Saints verses Carolina Panthers game on Sunday, December 30 in New Orleans at noon. Check local listing for channel and times.

“It is an unbelievable honor to be invited to sing the National Anthem for an exceptional organization like the New Orleans Saints. The SuperDome is an iconic stadium that symbolizes unity and hope,” says Waldrup. “Since I was a little girl, I’ve visited that stadium, now to be able to stand in the middle of that energy and sing our Nation’s song shortly before we ring in a New Year…pinch me or I’ll think I’m dreaming.”

Waldrup’s current single, the Lori McKenna penned “Sometimes He Does,” has recently gained critical acclaim. Rolling Stone Country included the song in their "10 Best Country and Americana songs of the week" and Music Row magazine named the tune “Disc of the Day” saying “this gal is a real deal country singer.” The music video is one of the most viewed videos on CMT.com two weeks after the premiere. Watch the video here.

Rewind to July, Waldrup's debut full length project, JUSTIFIED, produced by award-winning icon Garth Fundis and completely funded by fans via Indiegogo, debuted on four Billboard charts including the Top Country album chart.

This year, Waldrup toured the world playing sold out shows from the little dive bar in Dahlonega, made famous by Ashley McBryde’s smas, MadLife Stage and Studios in Woodstock, GA and many others. Her Waldrup Worldwide Family continues to grow daily with half a million followers and her fan engagement averages around 55% weekly. Waldrup continues her weekly web series “Waldrup Wednesday” with lifestyle brand Country Rebel and has had 16 videos go viral. Waldrup has partnered with Binge Networks, WeatherGuard, FabFitFun and others to expand her musical reach.

Waldrup wrote or co-wrote 9 of the 11 tracks on JUSTIFIED with Nashville friends and fellow songwriters including Julia Cole, Anthony Smith, Donnie Skaggs, Ed Hill, Brian Kolb, and others. The album features title track “Justified,” that Music Row magazine calls "a soul-rock tune that showcases a potent, wailing and penetrating vocalist with moxie and fire,” the catchy party anthem “What Goes On In This Bar (Stays In This Bar),” Waldrup’s viral version of “I Hope You Dance,” the Lori McKenna penned love song “Sometimes He Does” and the vibey and sultry “Slow and Easy.”

A throwback to November 2016, Waldrup launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a new project that , producer Garth Fundis agreed to produce. The life of the campaign was a roller coaster ride, with very low lows and even higher highs for independent artist Waldrup. During the campaign, she heard a preacher say “the moment you take the burden off of yourself to be important is the moment you start living your true potential,” and she committed to living that mindset.

Shortly after, by request from a 16 year old fan, Waldrup recorded an unedited, one-take cover of Lee Ann Womack’s massive hit “I Hope You Dance” in her living room. After sending it to that fan, she also shared the video with her friends at lifestyle brand Country Rebel.

They were blown away by the heartfelt cover and posted it immediately on their socials. After millions of views and thousands of interactions on social media, her Indiegogo campaign was over 100% funded and she began recording that dream album. To date, the video has been viewed over 29 million times.

About Karen Waldrup

New Orleans native Karen Waldrup is a triple threat musician, songwriter and recording artist known for her thrilling performances and nostalgically new style of country music.

Waldrup has spent the last few years touring the world performing thousands of shows everywhere from Long Beach, CA to Dublin, Ireland and is now a true viral sensation with her social media videos gaining mass appeal and more than 220 million views. Waldrup is the subject of “Waldrup Wednesdays,” the hugely popular weekly video series on Country Rebel’s Facebook page.

Waldrup recently won four Nashville Industry Music Awards (NIMA) for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for "Warm in Your Sunshine," Best Live Country Performer and Best Country Solo Artist Female. In 2017, she won 3 NIMA awards for Best Live Country Performer, Best Video and Best Country Solo Artist Female and she also landed an original song in the motion picture 'Scales: Mermaids are Real'.

Waldrup is a 2018 / 2019 Weather Guard Nation Brand Ambassador as well as a brand partner with BingeNetworks, Epiphone Guitars, FabFitFun, MAC Makeup and many others.

Waldrup has been featured on Hallmark Channel, Bravo TV’s Platinum Hit, NASCAR ESPN LIVE, the NFL Experience Superbowl XLVII and hundreds of other outlets world wide.

Waldrup’s new album JUSTIFIED is available everywhere now.

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