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 blewaudiences 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 QuedaMás” by Selena. Karen became the first bilingual finalist on the show.Post American Idol, Karen sang background vocals on Marc Anthony’s #1 smash “VivirMi 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 Romeofrom the project; “Odio” featuring Drake, “Trust” featuring Tego Calderón, and “GoneForever.” Karen also wrote the Spanish translation of “Somebody” by Natalie La Rosefeaturing Jencarlos Canela and Kevin Roldan, which was performed at the2015 Latin American Music Awards.In 2015, Karen began releasing Spanglish covers of popular songs on her YouTubechannel. Her Spanish translations of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Justin Bieber’s “LoveYourself” have over 3.5 million YouTube views each to date. Her Spanglish cover ofAdele’s “Hello” went viral, surpassing over 10 million YouTube views, and charted #5 onUS iTunes Latino chart and #7 Billboard Latin Digital charts.In late 2016, Karen officially signed to Roc Nation Latin under her mentor Romeo Santosand began to work on new music. Earlier this year, Karen released her first original songin Spanish, “La Tonta De Abril”, and in English, “Happy April Fools” – both versionsproduced by Romeo Santos. The debut video was shot in Coney Island with productionhouse Scheme Engine and premiered on E! Online and People En Español’s Chica.com.She will be participating in this year’s Made In America Festival on the TIDAL Risingstage, marking her first performance of this caliber.