Across a span of 14 years, the brother-sister duo Richard (1946- ) and Karen Carpenter (1950–83) dominated the air waves with their piano-driven, easy listening stylings. Their music has since undergone critical re-assessments, resulting in repeated calls for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Several of their songs are now recognized as standards, and Karen’s signature contralto vocals no doubt helped inspire other female artists with lower vocal ranges to enter the industry.
Jane Ellen is the consummate storyteller with eclectic interests, specializing in music and entertainment history. She is an award-winning composer and recording artist who shares her passion for music, history, and spirituality with Albuquerque audiences. With a catalogue of more than 60 published works and numerous choral and chamber commissions, her music has been performed internationally.