Youth Showcase

About the Program’s Director

In-Schools Outreach Director, Karen E. Reynolds, is an award winning singer songwriter with national credits to her name and has been a featured performer in the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival for the past 15 years. Over that period she has dedicated herself to building and sculpting this program. Due to her extensive background as a respected music industry consultant and having taught workshops and music educational courses for a variety of universities and music conferences or organizations, she is as proficient in the class room as she is onstage.

The Frank Brown Foundation Board of Directors, voted Karen into this position with the fullest confidence that she is a leader with experience and passion for this program and will continue to be an excellent steward of the Foundation’s mission to provide this community service. Per FBISF Board Member, Gary Rogers, “The board is excited to have Karen serve as the Director for this important extention of the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival. Her leadership and experience are fundamental to the growth and integrity of the program, as well as, in fostering critical community support and partners who share and fully realize the Frank Brown Foundations’s vision to provide opportunty to area youth.”

As a songwriter, Karen signed her first publishing agreement in 2007 which brought attention from both independent and major labels. Along with being a recording artist, Karen regularly writes with nationally recognized artists and songwriters, and has chalked up a respectable list of independent cuts as well as, major label holds, including the likes of Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson. Karen currently enjoys a variety of publishing arrangements, including managing her own publishing company. As a recording artist, Karen has 4 independently produced albums on the market and she receives airplay nationwide and on over 400 radio stations abroad.

FBISF Youth Showcase Application

Songwriters under the age of 18 are invited to apply to perform in the 2018 Annual FBISF Youth Showcase. The showcase will take place in Gulf Shores and is presented in cooperation by the Frank Brown Songwriters Foundation For Music, Lulu’s and the City of Gulf Shores. 

All applicants will be considered by a panel of festival judges and those chosen to perform will be included in the showcase performances, will receive a ‘guest songwriter’ pass to the festival, will receive an artist’s swag bag, and one songwriter/artist will be selected to receive an invitation to become a paid and featured songwriter in the 2019 FBISF.