Karen Tate Melton
Originally from Albany, Oregon, Karen started taking piano lessons when she was 7 years old. She and her sister often played piano & organ for Sunday services throughout their high school years; and Karen also accompanied several school choirs during Jr. High and High School. Karen attended Anderson University (Anderson, IN) where she graduated with a degree in Marriage & Family Relations, and Religious Studies. After college, Karen served in a variety of clerical, administrative and marketing positions—spending almost 10 years as the office administrator at a large church. While her children were young, she also taught private piano lessons from her home.
For years, Karen has played the piano for services at church, sung in and even directed various choirs, cantatas, worship teams and children’s musicals. Feeling most at home sitting at the piano, of late, you will also see her on stage with a microphone in her hand! Karen’s alto/tenor voice adds a bit of variety to Common Bond’s signature sound.
Karen and her husband (Rick) met at Anderson University and currently reside in Winchester, KY. Their oldest daughter, Andrea (Tyler) along with their three sons, live in Ashland, KY. Their daughter, Kirstin (Paul) and son, Bracken, both live and work in Houston, TX; and their youngest, Cameron (Katherine) live in Germany where Cameron is Dean of Students at a TorchBearer Int'l Bible Training site. Cameron and Katherine welcomed a new daughter, Zipporah (Zippi), in the fall of 2017.
In addition to singing and playing in the group, Karen also coordinates the group's bookings and publicity.