If you watched the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, you may recognize Karen Gibson. She's the enigmatic conductor behind the Kingdom Choir, who performed a moving rendition of 'Stand By Me'. But that's one of many notable performances in her 20-year career. It's also just one side of the woman whose passions include teaching, faith and her family. Learn about them all below...
I don't usually set an alarm. I prefer to trust my body clock, unless I need to be somewhere and I don't want to be late! Generally, when I first wake up I check social media and emails. But, what I really love to do when I wake up is pray and read the bible to calm myself. I find life is better when I'm not tuning into the noise of the world or work. That's the best way to start the day for me.
It's usually when I've been singing. Even after all this time, I'm still uplifted by a good singing session. Yesterday I went back to a school I used to work in and I taught them a new song, 'Lord You Are Good'. I wanted to cry because of the words and sincerity of the children. It was a beautiful moment, and it reminded me why I love working with children. Later I was with the choir and there was so much joy. I get to cry, I get to laugh. They're the highlights of my day.
I don't know how you'd top the royal wedding to be fair! But I'd love to sing for Oprah Winfrey. I'd love to sing for Barack Obama too. I sang for Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu, who are some real icons in my life. So singing for people who really inspire me and who I'd really like to inspire are definitely on my list.
I'm usually rushing around trying to get my makeup done. That's my preparation! But as a choir, we'll encourage each other; we'll take time to worship. We don't tend to get nervous. Even at the royal wedding, none of us were nervous at all, we were just really excited.
I would say adults are children masquerading as adults! We're all the same. We all want to be loved, encouraged, inspired and for people to see the best in us. With children, they like boundaries. They need love. You have to respect them too. If they see you're fair, they'll go with you. It's important to see the value in each child and what makes them great, because often they can't see it themselves.
'Stand By Me'. No, I'm lying! I'm happiest listening to people singing songs that touch my heart or move me. At the royal wedding, people kept telling us how moved they were by our performance and that's how you know there's been some kind of transformation. That happened to me yesterday when I visited that school. With all those kids singing one of my favorite songs. It was heavenly.