Karl Werne started out entertaining the Hampton Roads area of Virginia when he was 16. Eight years w/ The Lewis McGehee Group, four years w/ his own Instant Karma, and 20 years w/ saxophonist Eddie Williams made him a local favorite. He can now be found playing solo, with various musical friends for special events, or touring with long time partner, Elaine Dempsey as BiG WiDE GRiN.|
Karl's original songwriting won him first place for the Fishman National Songwriting Competition held in Atlanta, GA. He has won five VEER Magazine Music Awards in five different categories.
Karl had the unique honor of writing the anthem/theme song for NASA's Centennial Celebration in 2017, and performed it with the Air Force Heritage Band.
Karl's 3rd solo release, "This Little Notebook", features Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band), and Chris Gage (Jerry Jeff Walker), among others.
During the COVID pandemic, Karl spent his time creating collaborative music videos with notable musicians around the country. He used his Facebook group, Karl's Community, to host a weekly online Open Mic, where these music videos were presented as the "Featured Song" of the week. All of these videos can be found on Karl's YouTube channel. (Please Subscribe!)