- The Voice of an Angel
made her debut at MIK in 1994, ending up in the 3rd place by public vote
with the song “Zami me sobun sakamo”.
As I watched the video cassette of that festival I
was thinking: This
voice is something else! I hope it's here to stay.
Luckily for MIK fans, it has.
Those were was the
beginnings of a
beautiful sequence of Karin's MIK
successes, with songs about love, and Quarner, and love for
Quarner, She took a break from these themes at MIK 2007, when she
sing a song about mother's love, or more literally,
about mother's hands.
represented a slight detour
from Karin's style, which got her so
many fans and at the preceding 13 MIKs.
didn't know this change will be accepted at the Festival,
but there was no
doubt that "Materine ruke" was what
she wanted to sing. And the reward came much
sooner then expected. „My heart is full when Gea (her daughter) sits next
to me, takes my hands and says: These are mother's hands. With this,
I have already achieved more then I ever expected.“ she said.
That's how she is,
passionate about her songs, putting in them all the beauty of
and all her soul,
thus making a spontaneous connection with the audience and
delivering unforgettable music and story about life in her
beautiful corner of the world.
Karin never forgets
the support from the
audience. At the award presentation following the
2006 MIK concert, she seized the moment between her award and the
one for the first place to thank the audience of Rijeka for
making her #2 in their vote. A few days later, when
I told her how much my family enjoyed MIK concerts, she
replied: I am glad you enjoyed it and participated, and supported out
in Kraljevica in the Summer of 2005, as she was
announcing the upcoming song - about beauties of Quarner, of course, the tears appeared in her eyes and the voice choked. But being a professional,
as she is in everything
she does, she quickly put herself together, apologized for the
tears and said: "The show must go on",
and motioned to Robert Grubišić on
the keyboard to start the music for the next song.
In Spring of 2007, when I learned
about her upcoming MIK song being different
in style from the previous ones, my first reaction
was: I hope the song is in dialect and has your beautiful soft “ć” in it.
replied quickly with reassurances: Not
much has changed. The
song It is
in our dialect. I’ll always be me!”
This was a relief
of sort –
even knowing that any song
turn out beautiful when she sings it.
Being herself also meant that once off the
Karin is a
cheery and amiable... and a great friend. At the MIK rehearsal she cheered her “competitors”
and consoled them when they were concerned about something.
And at joint performances, when others sing she joins the audience
in singing along and cheering from behind
Outside of MIK Karin is often seen (heard)
at cultural and benefit events... for which she somehow finds time
between work at the hospital, and study to be even better at it, and
taking Gea swimming ice skating, etc. The very fact that Karin
continues to pursue her career in health care while singing out of
love of music and her native soil speaks