In 2011 Hayley Griffiths was announced as the new lead vocalist.
In 2004, Hayley was flown to Dublin to sing for the Executive Producer of the Irish phenomenon, ‘Riverdance’. Just two days later she began a tour that over the next few years would take her extensively across Europe, North America, Russia, Japan and China singing to a crowd of thousands every night.
Hand picked by Michael Flatley himself, Hayley won the role of Erin the Goddess in ‘Lord of the Dance’ in late 2005, a tour that would take her to nearly every state in North America as well as extensive sold out tours of Canada, Mexico, and Europe. A one off performance of Michael Flatley’s ‘Feet of Flames’ in January 2008 would mark a high point in Hayley’s career, thus far, with her voice being heard by 20,000 people at the Taipei Arena, in Taiwan.
Hayley has enjoyed a hugely successful solo career, releasing her debut album Silver Screen to critical acclaim in 2010. The album was produced by Grammy Nominated producer Jared Hancock. Silver Screen won the prestigious Classical Crossover Album Of The Year Award 2010.
In 2011 Hayley released an album of traditional Celtic tracks ‘Celtic Rose’ which featured her beautiful version of Lagan Love. Hayley performed the song on the New Light Tour.
Writing for the new album started in 2012 and Hayley proved she is far more than just a singer by stamping her writing credentials on the new Karnataka material.
In 2011 Karnataka also announced their new keyboard player Çağrı Tozluoğlu.
Hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, Çağrı has emerged as one of the hottest keyboard talents on the rock scene. Playing piano and keyboards from a very young age, Çağrı went on to study classical piano before branching out further into other genres including folk, progressive/symphonic rock and jazz fusion.
It was immediately apparent from the auditions that Çağrı was right for the band. He had an instinctive feel for the sound. Çağrı also brought great technical expertise in the field of programming and arrangements and immediately made an impact on the sound.
New Light Tour
The band embarked on a major UK tour at the start of 2012 playing some of their biggest venues to date.
The band was augmented by Colin Mold on guitars and violin and session drummer Matt McDonough.
AVP Media and Professional Audio Company were commissioned to film and record the band’s performance at The Met Theatre in Bury. AVP had previously produced films for Status Quo and Fish amongst others but were alo familiar with the band’s music. A lighting show was designed specifically for the event including a stunning laser display and programmed Varilites. The show was filmed in high-definition.
The tour was a huge success and culminated with a superb show at London’s Bush Hall.
Prog Magazine review
Prog magazine featured a great review of the Karnataka Bush Hall London show.
“…mighty new band and an impressive show..”
“…Griffiths’ smooth voice is truly stunning…”
“…her mighty lungs are just as capable of hollering with great power as they are tackling the more fragile numbers like the stunning Delicate Flame Of Desire…”
“…tonight’s show feels like the start of a new era…”
The band continued writing throughout 2012 and following the success of the New Light Tour announced the forthcoming release of New Light Live In Concert on Blu-Ray, DVD and double CD. A second substantial UK and European tour was announced for later in 2012.
Cineworld Blue-Ray/DVD Premiere
The band premiered their new in-concert film New Light on the big screen, in high-definition and surround sound at Cineworld Trocadero London on August 30th 2012. The band also fielded questions from the audience in a live Q & A.
New Light was released on Blu-Ray, DVD and double CD on Sept 24th 2012. Filmed in High Definition video, the DVD and Blu-Ray featured both 5.1 surround sound and stereo audio mixes plus extras, including exclusive interviews with the band and a tour image gallery.
Track listing: Karnataka, Serpent and the Sea, Delicate Flame of Desire, Heaven Can Wait, Tide To Fall, Forsaken, After the Rain, The Calling, Lagan Love, Our Love, State of Grace, The Journey, Your World, Heart of Stone and The Gathering Light.
New Light was ‘Album Of The Week’ on Radio 101′s Fuzzbox show in Malta.
5 star review of New Light (DVD and CD) on the Musical Discoveries website!
A great new in-depth review of New Light Live In Concert (Blu-Ray/DVD/CD) appeared on the Lady Obscure website by Martin Hutchinson
The band performed at The Weyfest Festival on September 1st 2013.
Other artists included 10cc, Steve Hackett, Asia and Go West.