July 29th marked the 38th anniversary of the marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
All of August many will be remembering the life of Princess Diana. Karen Sokolof Javitch has written the Princess Diana Musical which brings to life the Princess’ relationship with Prince Charles, focusing on their courtship, marriage and divorce.
Besides Karen’s 15 albums, she has co-written four musicals and was the creator and co-host of a popular Omaha radio show, It’s the Beat. Her musicals include Princess Diana the Musical, From Generation to Generation, and Love at the Café. These shows have been performed in many cities in the United States. In addition, Ms. Javitch has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities with her original music.
The marriage is still the most watched royal wedding in history. Millions still remember how Princess Diana omitted the word “obey” for the first time ever in a royal wedding.
Karen wrote all 33 of the songs for the Musical. The songs reflect Diana’s transition from being an unknown 19-year old to becoming the most famous woman in the world.
Karen’s diverse creations include songs about exercising, celebrities, holidays, political figures, babies, children, math, patriotism, love and family.
The musical has been played in multiple cities across the country. You can find info about the musical and the rest of her music at her website. https://jmrproductions.com/.
We’re pleased to have the opportunity to chat briefly with Karen Sokolof Javitch and share highlights of our conversation.
InFluential Magazine: What about Princess Diana inspired you to make this musical?
Karen Sokolof Javitch: I was always drawn to her compassion and her empathy for the downtrodden. She knew what pain was – as she felt abandoned at age 6 when her mother was forced to leave after her parents’ divorce.
InFluential: What song is your favorite off the musical?
Karen: The songs range from fun to serious to hopeful and much more. I have two favorites – the love song There was a Time is the break-up song between Diana and Charles. It expresses how she loved him but there was always doubt about whether he loved her. My other favorite is Hope in my Heartbecause that is what Diana gave to all of us. We still miss her and long for her love after 22 years. She would be very proud of her boys, William and Harry and how they are following in her footsteps.
InFluential: What other music have you been working on?
Karen: I like to write current event songs – especially about politics because there is so much going on. I have fun writing political satires like – Why Don’t You run for President? and ‘We’re so Unhappy with Our Leaders.” You can find them on YouTube! I also love to write children’s songs – many of those songs are found on YouTube with cute animation!
InFluential: One of your songs,Here in the Nursery, about the mother who had octuplets went viral with about 10 million YouTube views. What are some of your most popular songs and music videos?
Karen: My best-selling album is the one about Princess Diana and I have put many of those songs on YouTube. My children’s songs are popular, and I have a family musical – From Generation to Generation that has a lot of fun and beautiful songs. My children’s math album, You’re Math-errific, also does really well.
InFluential: Where may people find your music?
Karen: My website – JMRProductions.com and on CDbaby.com, Spotify, and iTunes. Just type in my name – Karen Javitch and you can find my music!