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Karen, 2012

Katou Karen (加藤カレン), better known by her stage name Karen (written as; カレン or 歌恋), is an Enka singer currently with Crown Records, she used to be with Victor Entertainment.

She was formerly under the TNX music label, as a member of NICE GIRL Project!, she graduated in 2010.

Katou Karen, August 2009


Karen first auditioned for the Happy 8ki Audition in 2006 for Morning Musume, but failed. She later joined GTT Club and first performed at Shibuya O-EAST a year later. By 2007, she released her first single and performed various roles for Tsunku Theatre productions. After completing a challenge to lose an agreed amount of weight and sell 1,000 copies of her debut indie single "Naku na Okamechan" in June 2009, Karen was signed to Victor Entertainment releasing her major debut single, "Naku na Okamechan / Miren Zaka", on September 23, 2009.

At the NICE GIRL Project! September 2010 live concert, it was announced that Karen had graduated from NICE GIRL Project!.


  • Name: Katou Karen (加藤カレン)
  • Stage Names: Karen (カレン), Karen (歌恋)
  • Birthdate: July 3, 1993 (1993-07-03) (age 28)
  • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Bloodtype: B
  • Height: 160cm
  • Hobbies: Music appreciation, Having English conversations
  • Special Skills: Traditional Japanese dancing (Nihon Buyo)
  • NICE GIRL Project! groups:



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  • [2012.02.22] Karen ga Ippai (カレンがいっぱい)


  • She loves Western music, especially Hip-Hop/R&B.

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