There are several artists that go by the name of Karen Young: 1. Karen Young (March 23, 1951-January 26, 1991) was a disco singer best known for her hit "Hot Shot". Well-known for her ability to scat-sing and deliver vocals with ferocious energy, Young was also a gifted pianist and songwriter. Karen Young grew up in a Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rowhouse. Before becoming an overnight international recording star with "Hot Shot," she recorded jingles and background vocals for Philadelphia-based production companies. She died unexpectedly of a bleeding ulcer.