Karen Rappaport McHugh
Karen Rappaport McHugh is passionate about joining the Rebelle Road team, viewing it as an opportunity to merge her professional expertise with her personal interests.
An experienced marketing professional and event producer Karen has a strong track record of creating innovative concepts and launching one-of-a-kind branded experiences. She’s worked closely with entertainment leaders including Goldenvoice (Coachella/Stagecoach), Leo Events (KAABOO), Danny Wimmer Presents (Bourbon & Beyond), The Grammy Museum® and others.
In addition to her work with festivals and events, Karen’s experience with artist promotion, tour and consumer product marketing was honed previously at Rogers & Cowan, Ogilvy & Mather/NYC, Storyopolis (founded by Microsoft’s Paul Allen) and other boutique agencies.
With her husband, Jonathan McHugh, a Film/TV producer and music supervisor, Karen has developed several entertainment properties through her company Muddy Girl Productions.
Raised in Texas, Karen always considered herself an “urban cowgirl,” enjoying spending weekends line dancing at Gilley’s, several summers learning to barrel race and counting the school days until the Houston Rodeo. A graduate of University of Texas, she’s made her home in California but her musical tastes have consistently remained twangy.
Singer and songwriter Kirsten Hawthorn (who goes by KP) brings her talents and expertise to Rebelle Road as a musician, artist manager and record label owner. She is also one of the few female record producers in Americana music.
Born in Santa Cruz to parents who adopted a gypsy lifestyle, there were always instruments around the house -- guitars, piano, saxophone, autoharps -- many of which KP taught herself to play. Her family also had a large vinyl collection with records playing throughout the day and she can recall hearing Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, Bob Dylan among other artists which inspired her love of music.
She released her first solo record in 2006 and her second in 2010. In between releases and touring, KP recorded songs for TV and film, successfully licensing more than 200 titles.
In 2013, KP met her band mate, Manda Mosher, and the duo formed CALICO the band. Since that time, CALICO has made two records and toured worldwide.
Recognizing the lack of support for country music on the West Coast, KP and Manda founded CALIFORNIA COUNTRY RECORDS to release their own records and to help promote like minded artists who are seeking more recognition outside of Nashville. As part of this effort, KP co-created the “California Country Social” at Americana Fest, partnering with The Alternate Root magazine to showcase West Coast artists.
As a record producer, KP has worked with Alice Wallace, Ethan Thompson, Diana Bravo and others.
As an intrepid business woman and artist, Adrienne brings her considerable skills as a professional photographer, graphic artist, musician as well as her entertainment industry experience to the Rebelle Road team.
The stepdaughter of Oscar®-winning Hollywood writer Abby Mann, Adrienne grew up in the heart of Beverly Hills and was often surrounded by a star-studded coterie of house guests. Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Marlon Brando, and Oliver Stone were just a few of the visitors who could be found sipping martinis and developing screenplays or movie ideas with her father on any given evening.
After graduating from The Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto, she spent her formative years as a fashion and rock photographer in NYC. Her work was frequently featured in The Village Voice, Time Out, Nylon among other publications.
She met her husband, Chris Isom, while living in NYC and her life changed forever as she became part of Isom’s large and sprawling sixth-generation Texas family. The two briefly lived in Austin where she developed a strong and lasting love for traditional country music. Isom’s extended family’s ranch in Nocona, TX also served as the birthplace of their band NOCONA.
Nocona has released three albums and tours regularly throughout the U.S. Adrienne continues to serve as primary booker, manager and graphic designer. A self-taught musician, she also plays guitar and bass in the band.