Karen finished university in England and lived there seven years. During that time she studied acting with Dame Judi Dench. She was music director, actor, and soloist in a cycle of medieval mystery plays produced and directed in London by E. Martin Browne (who brought T.S. Eliot to theatre). Back in the U.S. she was chosen to study at the American Center for Music Theatre with the genre's original masters at the Los Angeles Music Center. She has had countless starring roles on stage, has sung and composed film soundtracks, and hosted her own variety hour on Los Angeles television.

Karen composed the music, wrote the lyrics, and recorded
Someone Loves (1999), a CD of love songs, after the death of her husband, James Howard Davis, an actor at the Delacorte Theater in Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. Her CD has a worldwide fan base.

Karen has been a vocal soloist and choral singer at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood Bowl, Disneyland's millennium celebration, and many other concert venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She sang in conductor Gustavo Dudamel's 2012 Mahler project with the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar of Venezuela, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. She also sang in the world premier of "Seal Lullaby" by American composer Eric Whitacre, and the U.S. premier of Billy Bragg's Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, English libretto.

Karen in the Preakness Stakes barn at Pimlico, 2007, with Sid Attard's

Like Mom Like Son, Copyright ©2008 Rick Samuels

Karen S. Davis, listed in Who's Who in America, is an American author, photographer, editor, actor, singer, and composer.  She is the author-photographer of Santa Anita Morning Rhapsody, the first coffee table book to document morning thoroughbred horse training at a racetrack. Her CD of love songs, Someone Loves, which she composed, arranged, and sings, sells worldwide.

Researching a feature story at Catterick Army Garrison, Northumberland, England.

Karen with composer Eric Whitacre.

Karen with conductor Gustavo Dudamel


​Karen has been photographing her adventures around the globe since she was five years old. Here are some recent ones, from Italy, South Africa, Scandinavia, and Russia.


Karen earned journalism credentials from the Thomson Organisation's editorial training program in the United Kingdom, which prepared its journalists to work for The Times of London. She is one of a handful of United States citizens to do so. As a journalist she photographed Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and other British Cabinet members and authored many articles and feature stories. Her writing has won numerous awards.

Karen is a veteran editor and copyeditor of books published by Time Warner, Disney Publishing Worldwide, McGraw-Hill, Cambridge University Press, Kensington, Cengage, Thomson (UK), and many other prestigious publishing houses worldwide. She has edited the work of prominent authors, who include M. Night Shyamalan, Oscar-nominated screenplay writer of The Sixth Sense; Teresa Alan, New York Times bestselling romance writer; Laala Kashef Alghata, UNESCO's Other Voices International poet-in-residence; and crime master John Gilmore. Several books she edited won American Library Association awards. 


In 2006 a San Francisco press published Santa Anita Morning Rhapsody, a photo portrayal of behind-the-scenes thoroughbred training at famous Santa Anita Park, under the majestic San Gabriel Mountains. The morning racetrack routine begins before dawn every day of the year, in all seasons. Karen worked as an assistant trainer during the three years it took her to complete the book.

Trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, both in the Racing Hall of Fame, wrote the book's introduction and preface. Tributes were written by Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens, Laffit Pincay Jr., and Ron Turcotte (1973 Triple Crown winner on Secretariat) and trainers Ron McAnally, Jack Van Berg, and many others.

Karen's book has been featured on national television and radio. Her photographs and book are on display in private and public venues around the world. 

Karen S Davis

Author, Photographer, Musician, Editor