Karen Krattinger's industry career began in the late 1970's in Atlanta, Georgia. Her first position was as office manager for R&B artist, Brick, where some of her responsibilities included assisting with logistics, preparing tour itineraries, working with the fan club and communicating information to band and crew on rehearsal, recording, touring and promotional activities.
This experience helped prepare her for the next venture as Road Manager for SOS Band, whose first single, Take Your Time, rapidly climbed the charts making them highly in demand for live performances around the country.
As one of the youngest and few females to be in this position, the appointment came with some trepidation, but Krattinger persevered and remained with SOS for 4 years before accepting a position as Tour Manager for Cameo. Not a great fit, Krattinger was offered a position with Prince as Production Coordinator on Purple Rain Tour and asked to make a year commitment. At the end of the tour, Krattinger was asked to move to Minneapolis as General Manager of Prince's PRN Productions where she also served as Prince's Executive Assistant, Road Manager for the Revolution, and the building of Paisley Park, handling the interior design.
From there, Karen became World Tour Manager for The The, basing out of London.
After a stint on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour, Krattinger found herself in Nashville as a partner in a management firm and worked with many artists including Clint Black, Janis Ian, Colonel Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit and Dixie Chicks (now Chicks). As the Chicks stardom skyrocketed, Krattinger’s main focus was their day-to-day operation, and managing Janis Ian.
Now retired, Karen continues to reside in the Nashville area and enjoys personal travel, gardening, volunteering with her local humane organization and enjoying the lifelong friendships garnered from her years in the industry.