“I don’t remember when I first articulated my goal of singing karaoke in all fifty states, but for a while it was all I had. Then my best friend died, and my half-hearted conversation piece of a goal was suddenly a driving need.”
Kris Gowen had a successful career, a wonderful partner, a strong circle of friends … and then tragedy struck. Faced with the death of her best friend, she turned to something that brought her joy: karaoke. With a half-formed plan and a need to sing, she took off on a 17,774-mile karaoke road trip through America, singing in bars, American Legions, and Eagles Lodges, experiencing the country with people who sometimes had nothing more in common than a love of cheesy 80s tunes. Along the way, she reconnected with old friends, made new ones—and healed. Each time Kris took the microphone, she shed a little more grief, stepping into a world where everyone was accepted simply for singing a song they loved.