Accompanied by pianist/composer Dave Grusin, Karen represented jazz violin for a NYC string program benefit fundraising event hosted by
Itzhak Perlman and Isaac Stern, marking her feature debut at Carnegie Hall in 1999. Shortly thereafter, a cameo appearance in the resulting family movie classic entitled, "Music of the Heart" starring Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett and Gloria Estefan, earned Karen a reputation as one of the top violinists in the world. That same year, original "Return-To-Forever" members, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White assembled a group-titled, jazz-rock project called, "Vertu".
Soon after, an invite from Diana Ross came with an opportunity to record and appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Ms. Ross has since invited Karen to work with her on several of her tours.
Briggs' musical expression is featured in successful hip hop releases such as "Reunited" by Rza & Wu Tang Clan and "Hidden Beach’s Unwrapped" series Volumes 1-5, of which her rendition of fan favorite,
"Gangsta’s Paradise” continues to inspire up and coming violinists.
Most recently she has appeared in concerts with Oud player,
Naseer Shamma who 's concerts have taken her to Iraq, Sudan, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait.
Karen frequently performs features guest appearances with various artists and colleagues and has been acknowledged recently by the Los Angeles Black Music Award for Best Female Jazz Performer, as well as, the
Charles Mingus Award for Jazz.
On the horizon for 2020, Karen will have a new video single release.